Pompei is a MUST when traveling Italy. After my trip earlier this month, I can’t wait for an excuse to return. We all know that Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, killing nearly 20,000 people and burying an entire city in ash. Textbooks never do justice, and the events that took place here are no exception. Pompei is absolutely breathtaking. Not by way of beauty, although it is beautiful, but in its ability to bring history to the very forefront of our imagination. It’s not hard to envision poets, gladiators, philosophers, noblemen and commoners walking the stone streets 2,000 years ago, when every pot and plate lie exactly where they were strewn. Audio-guides bring the experience to life, as you listen to poets whisper in your ear, while you sit in the very theater they spoke. It’s a Disneyland for history nerds, if you will (myself included).