The story of Pompeii is well known. Back in 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered the neighboring Roman city with 60 feet of ash over the course of two days. The city was wiped out and then entombed for centuries, until archaeologists started unearthing the ruins in the 18th and 19th centuries, offering the modern world an amazing window into the finer details of ancient Roman life. (Just for the record, digging continues there today, and I even got to do some this past summer.) Today, Google is helping deepen the modern connection to the ancient world. Using Google Street view, you can tour Pompeii in 3D from the comfort of your own home. To begin walking through the ancient city, just click here.
As a side note, this isn’t the first time Google has used Street View in such a way. You can also find tours of Stonehenge and Louis XIV’s Versailles. Plus, you can also use Google Earth, another Google program, to tour the ancient city of Rome.
Finally, to dig deeper into ancient history, I’d recommend looking through our previous post, Learning Ancient History for Free. This will point you to some of the best free courses available on the web.