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Explore Pompeii with Google Street View

Now you can explore the ancient city of Pompeii through Google Street View.

Among the ruins visible on the search engine’s free mapping application are the town’s statues, temples, villas and theatres.

Italy’s Culture Ministry said it hopes that the exposure will inspire tourists to visit Pompeii to see it in the flesh.

Mario Resca, from the ministry’s heritage promotion department, said: “The possibility of to walk virtually between the wonders of Pompeii represents an extraordinary promotional vehicle for the Italian tourism.

“I think that far from putting off potential tourists to come in person to visit it will actually encourage more to visit two archaeological centres.”

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