Pompei, situated at the foot of Vesuvius, is a religious and tourist interest worldwide for the simultaneous presence of a vast archaeological heritage unique in the world and the Santuario della Beata Vergine Maria , the one reached by millions of visitors abducted from charm of the city dug up, the other destination of many pilgrimages.
To visit are precisely the archaeological excavations that brought to light the ancient Roman city destroyed tragically eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The sudden rain of ash and lapilli and the thick layer of dust that was crystallized in time preserving the entire city over the centuries. Pompeii are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Il Santuario della Beata Vergine Maria is a major papal basilica, its history is linked to that of its founder, Beato Bartolo Longo. Its construction began on May 8, 1876, a Latin cross, initially with a nave, apse, dome, four side chapels and two in the cruise. On both sides there are two chapels, that of St. Catherine of Siena and the SS. Salvatore. As time passed and the significant increase of the crowds of faithful was necessary to expand the sanctuary that was so in 1938 three aisles and an apse and dome larger and a bell tower 80 meters high.
Each year more than four million people come to visit the Santuario, the destination of many pilgrimages and spotted by tourists fascinated by its majesty, in particular on 8 May and the first Sunday in October, tens of thousands of pilgrims flock to the city of Pompei to attend the devotional practice of the “Supplica”, written by Beato Bartolo Longo that is transmitted via television and radio worldwide