At every part of our visit to Pompeii, it was impossible to escape the impact of the wrath of Mt. Vesuvius. The eruption of this volcano in 79 A.D. buried an entire city. Needless to say, a visit to Pompeii would be incomplete without a visit to Mt. Vesuvius. Our entire family decided to spend an afternoon climbing to the top of its crater, a journey that was filled with laughter, intensity and pain that was rewarded with the most amazing vistas at the end.
These pictures were taken on a day trip in August through the ruins of Pompeii. Destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii remained a lost city for many years till its rediscovery in 1748. Today, the recovery efforts at Pompeii continue and the site is a marvelous look back at history. We were amidst many a day tripper coming off a Disney cruise, but really appreciated having a private guide who spent many hours painstakingly walking the adults and children in our family through the history and significance of the place.