Mt. Vesuvius | Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
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....

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

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Typical Pompeii street shows deep ruts from cart wheels. Carts were forbidden to enter the Forum, perhaps to protect the brilliant...

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

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Intricate frescoes on the walls and vaulted ceiling of the Stabian Baths in Pompeii, the oldest of the bathhouses in the...

The Temple of Vespasian in Pompeii was dedicated to the Emperor Vespasian, and residents of the city were expected to worship and make sacrifices to him. Elaborate carvings that frame the entrance have been protected by plexiglass

Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Temple of Vespasian in Pompeii was dedicated to the Emperor Vespasian, and residents of the city were expected to worship...

Temple of Jupiter and honorary arch form one end of the Forum in Pompeii. Lurking in the background is Mount Vesuvius, with its blown-off top, which erupted in 79 AD and buried the town in ash

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Temple of Jupiter and honorary arch form one end of the Forum in Pompeii. Lurking in the background is Mount Vesuvius,...

Statue of Pan copulating with a goat discovered at Herculaneum

On a fine afternoon in 1752, word reached King Charles III of Bourbon that his royal archeologist, Karl Weber, had discovered a treasure trove at Herculaneum. Sometime earlier, his excavation tunnels...