The Lombards are the people who gave their name to the italian region of Lombardy. Germanic by origin, the tribe subsequently enjoyed a 200-year tenure in Italy. They were settled until around the 4th century AD and then began a large southward migration from northwestern Germany southwards into northern Italy. On the way, the Longobards e
Just inside the Bay of Naples in Campania is Mount Vesuvius. It is hundreds of thousands years old, and has erupted more than 50 times. The most famous eruption occurred in 79 AD, when the volcano had Pompeii buried under a six-meter thick blanket of volcanic ash.