Hiking Mount Vesuvius
I’m home and I have so much to tell you! I’m still sorting through hundreds of video clips and 400+ photos but I wanted to kick things off today with a bang.
The most exciting day of the entire trip was when Adam and I hiked Mount Vesuvius and then visited Pompeii, the ancient Roman city completely destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Here’s the little video I put together of our morning hike to the top of the active volcano known to the locals as Vusuvio:
If you like oceans or mountains or volcanos or hiking or anything outdoors-y I think you’ll like the video!
The hike was strenuous and steep, but Adam and I were in total awe of the views from the top.
You can see the Amalfi Coastline, the island of Capri and the other surrounding volcanos that make up the Campanian volcanic arc.
Vesuvius is an active volcano so if you look at the left side of the video at 1:15 you’ll see a little bit of smoke coming out of the side of the crater.
Today about 3 million people live near Vesuvius despite the dangers it presents because the area is so fertile and good for agriculture.
Scientists believe they will be able to predict the next eruption of Vesuvius about 3 weeks in advance giving the surrounding towns time to evacuate for their personal safety. Of course what will happen to their homes, farms and so on is unknown.
The volcano hasn’t erupted since March 18, 1944 during which it totally destroyed the villages of San Sabastiano, Massa di Somma, Ottaviano and part of San Giorgio a Cremano.
Of course Vesuvius is most famous for its total destruction of the Roman town of Pompeii, which we visited immediately after exiting the volcano.
Here I was standing on a road in Pompeii looking up at Vesuvius looming in the distance:
Walking through Pompeii felt so unreal. Here was a fully formed Roman city with enough remnants for us to see homes, bakeries, storefronts, forums and even a brothel, complete with a picture menu of sexual positions that its patrons could choose from.
Here’s a bakery complete with a stone-fire oven:
The outdoor area where Roman gladiators would live and train:
A heated pool inside the bathhouse:
The forum where they would put on concerts and plays:
Startling to see were several citizens, including a child, captured in a cast of ash and dust in their final positions during the eruption of Vesuvius. Of course inside the casts only bones remain.
It was striking to see a man hunched over trying to protect his mouth and nose from the poisonous gasses floating off the volcano.
I took so many photos throughout the day it was hard to pick and choose a few for this blog post. I hope I’ve done Vesuvius and the town of Pompeii justice and you felt like you were there too!
Favorite place you’ve visited in recent years?
Do you like active vacations or do you prefer to lay around and relax? (I like both! haha)