World's Most-Visited Ancient Ruins
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No. 6 Pompeii, Italy
Annual Visitors: 2.5 million
Pompeii gives visitors who walk its excavated stone streets a firsthand experience of first-century Roman life. The coastal town famously disappeared completely under ash and pumice during the sudden eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Plaster casts made from “molds” created when ash-covered bodies disintegrated under the consolidated ash are moving reminders of the real people and animals that lived there.
Source: Current Archaeology