World's Most-Visited Ancient Ruins
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/spinkney/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">S J Pinkney</a>
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.
Source: Soprintendenza Archeologica de Pompei