Mount Vesuvius – Napping with One Eye Open

Trail leads around rim of the volcano, providing excellent views of steam vents within the caldera

After a week spent traveling around the Bay of Naples, I was still somewhat baffled by what I had seen at Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Villa di Poppaea Sabina at Oplontis. To visit all these sites I’d ridden the Circumvesuviana, a privately owned train that runs around the base of Mount Vesuvius. At each, the … Read more

PHOTO: Typical Pompeii Street Showing Deep Ruts from Cart Wheels

Typical Pompeii street with wheel ruts carved deeply into the stone pavement

Typical Pompeii street shows deep ruts from cart wheels. Carts were forbidden to enter the Forum, perhaps to protect the brilliant white travertine pavement that had been laid down in this large public area that was the focus of political, economic, and religious life.

PHOTO: Elaborately Decorated Stabian Baths in Pompeii, Italy

Intricate frescoes on the barrel vaulted plaster ceiling of the Stabian Baths in Pompeii. Public bath houses were an important part of the social structure in the ancient Roman city

Intricate frescoes on the walls and vaulted ceiling of the Stabian Baths in Pompeii, the oldest of the bathhouses in the ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The walls are decorated with plain white and red frescoes, while the vaulted ceiling features elaborate polychrome designs that incorporate … Read more