We were up early, delicious buffet breakfast and another hot day in paradise. Our destination was Mount Vesuvius followed by a tour around the famous Pompeii.
We decided go for the full tour guide. Felt very touristy but we really wanted to absorb the history and culture of the place. It was actually great having a tour guide, even with her little stick with a red flag on the end, she knew far more than any guidebook or map and it was incredibly insightful.
First stop was Mount Vesuvius about an hour or so from Sorrento and well worth a visit. You slowly climb up the windy roads in a bus to the bottom of Vesuvius and then you can walk up the final 2km to the crater. We obviously weren’t going to miss this opportunity, so off we hiked.
With temperatures soaring over 35c it was definitely a warm walk! make sure you take lots of water.
We got to the top, literally dripping. The view was breath taking!
Can you see the little people above taking a private tour of the crater? you can do this but a little extra
However hot and sweaty we were, it was absolutely compulsory to take a #vesuviusselfie
Vesuvius is a sleeping volcano, which still means it could blow again but for now we were ok. Its last eruption was in 1944 and its largest eruption was in 79AD (the one that covered Pompeii and the surrounding area). You look down into the crater and cant quite fathom the size that got blown out of the earth’s surface. Truly spectacular.
We headed back down the volcano’s side. After a brief lunch (not really something to write home about) Our next stop “Pompeii” was an ancient Roman city which is located near the modern town of Naples.
Its population was known to be around 11,000 people around the time of the eruption, where it had complex water systems, running water, brothels, gymnasiums and amphitheatre’s.
Below would have been shop fronts selling food…
The eruption completed destroyed the city, killing it inhabitants and covering it in 4-6m of ash and pumice. It later rained over the ash, causing the ash to solidify and preserve Pompeii until it is was then re-discovered 1500 years later in 1599 by the Spanish.
The site to this day is still excavated and new parts of it are still being discovered.
I really could not get over the size of it. From preserved houses with original paintings on the walls from 79AD to people who died at the time.
Below is one family home that has been preserved so well. The original painting on the walls is still as it would have been all those years ago.
Above were sunken rooms where wealthy families would have wined and dined whilst lying (apparently it was the Roman-thing! slouch potatoes!!)
Some of the reclaimed ceramics and also people who had lost their lives during the eruption.
It is a fascinating place and at times I felt like I was on set to a Roman inspired movie.
I couldn’t recommend more going to visit if you are in the area. Now a world heritage site that attracts over 2.5million visitors a year.