Italy – Naples and Pompeii

Italy – Naples and Pompeii

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Only reason I visited and stayed in Naples overnight was to arrange my visit to Pompei and Mount Vesuvius. Though there are few tourist spots within the city, I did not have any time to visit any of those places.

Next day my first visit was to Mount Vesuvius. I arranged the trip from official tourism center, however the bus started late and then on the way driver stopped the bus and spent 1 hour smoking an talking over phone. Nevertheless it was a nice little hike from bus stop to the crater. I walked along the rim of the crater . I walked around for 1.5  hours before coming back to the bus stop to catch the bus back.

 

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From top view towards Naples bay is magnificent. Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as several other settlements. The eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ashes and volcanic gases to a height of 33 km. This is the only volcano in Europe mainland which erupted within last 100 years.

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As usual the return bus from Vesuvius took lot longer than expected. My last destination for the day was Pompeii.

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Pompeii was an ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. The eruption destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash.

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The site was lost for about 1,500 years until its initial rediscovery in 1599 and broader rediscovery almost 150 years later by Spanish engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre in 1748

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The objects that lay beneath the city have been preserved for more than a millennium because of the long lack of air and moisture. These artefacts provide an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the Pax Romana.

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Pompeii and Vesuvius at the backdrop

 

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