Pompeii is famous for tourism because of the uniqueness of the site. Pompeii, an ancient city, was beset by tragedy when the nearby Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted and covered the city and its people in hot volcanic ash. The ash preserved everything it buried, and when the city was found, the inhabitants were also discovered in perfect condition. Homes and furniture were also perfectly preserved. In fact, several homes still had food that was preserved enough for excavators to identify what the food was. The site allows us to take a perfect look at what life was like for people in ancient times.