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Pompeii, Italy

This is the famous city that was destroyed by the Mount Vesuvius volcano in 79 AD. It was originally an Etruscan city and then a Roman one. It is located in Campania south of Naples and north of Sorrento, Italy. It was buried in 13 to 16 feet of hot ash from the volcano. Years went by and people forgot about the city and the people who lived below the surface. It became a Roman colony in 80 BC. 1500 years passed until the city below was discovered.

Today it is an outdoor museum where you can see homes, stadiums, restaurants, houses of prostitution and bars. This is a stop well worth your time. As you walk around the streets of Pompeii, imagine the original occupants who lived here. Then imagine that fateful day when Vesuvius blew its top.

Come walk with us through this impressive ancient city that has been perfectly preserved in time. Click on the YouTube VLOG video below …

– George

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Pompeii and the Monster Vesuvious

Most people have heard the story of how Pompeii was destroyed by the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. So much of the mountain was blown away, that it looks like two mountain peaks today. It was an ancient Etruscan city and then conquered by the Romans. The volcano spewed out very hot ash that killed everyone instantly. Roofs of wood caught fire and were destroyed. The walls of buildings, frescos on the walls and roads are preserved as they were then. You can enter homes that were large even by our standards today with indoor pools and gardens.


The streets ran down hills. They opened pipes at the top to allow water to run down the street and take dirt and garbage with it. Crossroads had speed bumps that acted to both slow down a horse and carriage and allow pedestrians to walk across the street without getting their feet wet or dirty.

This city had bars, brothels, restaurants and arenas. It was a more modern city than we think of for that time. As you walk these ancient streets you feel as if you are there in that time. You keep an eye on Mount Vesuvius which looms over the city.

From Rome you can catch a tour bus to Naples and Pompeii. It is a day trip with an hour or two stop in Naples and two hours in Pompeii. This is followed by lunch and a return drive to Rome. From Naples it is very close. In fact you can see the monster Vesuvius easily from Naples.

Driving south from Rome or Naples you pass Pompeii on the way to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. You can catch a bus from Naples to Pompeii and then Sorrento. From Sorrento take a ferry to Capri. The drive is an easy one as the highways are great.

George & Jo Anne


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Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii

Driving past Mount Vesuvius is an awesome experience. Such power and destruction. Looking at the mountain (see picture) you see what looks like two mountain peaks. It is actually one with the entire center blown out. This cataclysmic blast is what destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD. The blast rose 15 miles up and was moving at 62 miles per hour. No one could out run it!

A map showing the cities and towns affected by...

A map showing the cities and towns affected by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The general shape of the ash and cinder fall (see en:pyroclast) is shown by the dark area to the southeast of Mt Vesuvius. (P.S. It seems strange to show the modern day English names for the two bodies of water – I am open to suggestions). This map shows lines and uses the Mercator projection (although that is not important on a map of this scale). North is, as usual, at the top of the map. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius in background

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The Etruscan Life in BC Italy

Livescience” has an article on early Etruscan life. It was titled “Skeleton of early Prince Reveals Etruscan Life”. The Etruscans they are talking about lived between 616 & 579 BC. That’s a long time ago. If you have been to Pompeii or are planning a trip to Naples or Rome Italy, go and see Pompeii. It’s that famous city that was destroyed by the volcano Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was not destroyed by lava but very hot volcanic ash that covered the entire city killing everyone inside. After they found this remarkable city they dug out the ash and discovered a modern city. Some of the things that were amazing to us were:

  1. Stone ovens like our brick pizza ovens probably for bread
  2. Speed bumps to slow down the horse and carriages inside the city
  3. A water gravity system that when turned on cleaned the streets automatically
  4. Homes that were very large and beautiful. Several I would love to live in today
  5. Graffiti on the walls as a form of communication
  6. Hotels
  7. Theaters

Don’t miss this wonderful glimpse into the past.

George & Jo Anne


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Our Upcoming Amalfi Coast Trip

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast (Photo credit: The Consortium)

Yesterday I spoke about the trip to Velina to setup our new apartment. We will fly into Rome because we can get direct flights on US Air from Philly to Rome. We will rent a car and drive down the autostrada (A-1) towards Naples. Passing Naples we will see Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. Continuing south toward Sorrento. From Sorrento we climb over the mountain and take the Amalfi Coast Highway to Positano. We will spend a night in this wonderful city on the hill. We have a room at Hotel Villa delle Palme on Via Pasitea, number 252. This is the city of a million steps and one road. Of course we will have lunch (pizza) at our favorite place, Lo Guarracino in Positano on the walkway between the big and small beaches.The next day we will continue on the Amalfi Coast Highway past many small wonderful Italian towns including Amalfi itself. Finally reaching Salerno where we will stop at the IKEA and then get on the Autostrada south again. Exiting the autostrada and going to the larger city of Agropoli and then onto Velina. Getting there takes us right through Italy’s largest national park, Cilento.

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