Today is Vesuvius Day and as this happens to fall on #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) I decided to tie it in with my trip to Naples and Pompeii.
Why is today Vesuvius Day?
Today in the Year 79 AD a supposedly dormant volcano in southern Italy erupts. The Volcano Vesuvius completely devastates the prosperous towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, killing thousands of people in the process. Much of what we know about the account is due to Pliny the Younger who was aged just 17 years and was staying in the bay of Naples at the time.
The towns were covered in about 14 to 17 feet of ash and pumice. The towns were believed to have been gone forever, however in the 18th Century an explorer discovered a marble statue and thus began the excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Back in July myself and my family decided to go on holiday together to Rome but more about that later (Next Week). While we were in Rome we decided to go on a excursion for the day to Pompeii which also took in Naples. There was quite a lot of travelling involved with this plan but we really enjoyed it.
This is a view of Naples I took while we were on the walking tour of the town. I cannot remember exactly what this is a photo of but I really like the houses.
The Castle in Naples. There were about 3 or 4 cruise ships in the harbour the day we were there so the place was full of tourists.
After Naples we went to Pompeii…
This is a close up of the pavement in Pompeii. The floor is lava – literally!! Don’t were heels if you ever decide to visit it is a little unsteady under foot.
This is part of the main street in Pompeii. There was a mixture of homes and shops along the street.
This photo gives you an idea of the crowds of people who were there. It is a very busy place. This would have been the town square I believe.
A plaster cast of one of the victims from the eruption. There are not many casts to view in Pompeii. I have been told that the place to see more is Herculaneum.
Despite the crowds, we had a really lovely time. If you enjoy learning about history it is the place to go. We had a fantastic guide who had excellent English and was able to make the whole place come alive with her descriptions and her attention to detail was fantastic.
Hope you like my post… sorry it is a little bit rushed.