Pompeii proved to be beyond extraordinary and extremely educational. It was only a short trip by train from the city in which I was staying (Sorrento, Italy). Pompeii is a perfect example of how travel can relate to and reenforce what is learned in the classroom. Right after getting back from Europe, I was greeted with a class that focused on literacy through the years; the class began with the evidence of literacy from earlier times — specifically evidence from Pompeii.
TRAVEL TIP: There are plenty of “guides” that stand right out side of the entrance to the site that offer tours. THIS IS NOT A SCAM! You just need to be mindful of which guide you choose. Make sure they speak English (or whichever language) WELL before signing up for their tour. Also, be sure that you are content with the amount of people the guide will take on the tour. If you would prefer to be in a smaller group, make sure they are not going to be gathering a bunch of others. My experience with this was great! Our guide was very friendly and knowledgable. She was able to answer any questions we had, so definitely consider getting a guide at Pompeii.
Pompeii was an ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Because of the volcanic eruption the building remains were preserved very well along with occasional human remains. This has led researchers to understand a lot from this site. At the time of destruction, the city was occupied by about 20,000 people, an amphitheater, a complex water system, and port.