We stayed in the hills overlooking the bay of Naples in a town called Sorrento. That was the base for exploring the area including the ruins of ancient Pompeii. Along with Herculaneum, its sister city, Pompeii was destroyed, and completely buried, during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in AD 79. The eruption buried Pompeii under 60 feet of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1,700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1748. It takes a full day of exploring to experience the large city frozen in time. It is so well preserved that many mosaics look almost new, wall inscriptions with the names of owners of houses and business can be read, interior structures and secondary floors are intact. Some of the victims are on display, casts of their forms left in the ash were made during excavations. Many more walls frescoes, including those of a phallic and sexual nature were removed and are housed in the Naples museum. Before the eruption the mountain was a cone, the eruption created a caldera and the two smaller cones on each side.
One of the many tavern houses that are present on almost every street of the city. It was Roman custom to eat lunch out, these bar looking things contained pots with hot food which you could consume with drinks in the back room.
Roma and Natalia are world travelers, photographers, and an all around fun couple. When they are not travelling far away continents or driving around USA in their trusted Highlander, they can be found in San Francisco, California.