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World's Most-Visited Ancient Ruins

No. 35 Herculaneum, Italy

Annual Visitors: 320,549

Better preserved than nearby Pompeii, this onetime Roman resort town’s excavated public baths, storerooms, upscale homes, and villas create a dramatic 3-D picture of life in A.D. 79, when Mount Vesuvius covered the town with a pyroclastic flow of volcanic mud 65 feet deep. The 760-degree mud charred but preserved wooden doors and roof-timbers and quickly encased iron-grill windows, grand marble fountains, and vividly detailed frescoes and mosaics.

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Source: Soprintendenza Archeologica de Pompei

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