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Ray Laurence offers his tips to visitors planning a trip to the Roman city of Pompeii in a year when nothing unusual is expected to occur

Illustration by Jonty Clark

This article was first published in the December 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

When to go

Pompeii, unlike its more famous neighbours Naples and Baiae, is often neglected by travellers. Yet, if you find yourself in Campania, it’s certainly worth a visit. The city has been much improved since the earthquake 17 years ago (new temples and a new bath complex due to open ‘soon’). A new confidence in the future exists in the city of Pompeii this year.

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