In October 2011, we made a magical trip that was absolutely wonderful.  We flew from the US to Rome (about my sixth or seventh or eighth time in Rome – I forget now how many times it has been – I could go at least as many times again quite happily).  The next day we took a train to Civitavecchia, the port for Rome even though it is a fair distance from Rome where we boarded the Cunard Queen Victoria.

We had been on board the Queen Victoria earlier in the year when we spent nearly three weeks cruising from New York to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal (another fabulous trip).  But, back to the Mediterranean.  From Civitavecchia, our first stop, barely 100 miles from Rome, was Naples.  We spent a fabulous day wandering through Sorento, the Amalfi coast, and topped off the afternoon with my first ever visit to Pompeii.  My spouse had been there before when he was doing some teaching at the Naples Medical School some years back, but I didn’t get to go with him on that trip.

Pompeii is absolutely unbelievable.  You are walking through streets that have been uncovered from many feet of ash.  All the while you are in the shadows of Mount Vesuvius which by the analysis of many experts is not done erupting and could go again in our lifetimes.  If and when that happens, the people who live in and around Naples are toast, which is unfortunate on many levels.

Pompeii can be quickly viewed in a couple of hours, but I want to go back and take an entire day to walk through, to study things, to work on getting a glimpse of how people lived in 79 AD when Vesuvius blew its top, buying the city for nearly 2,000 years. Here are just a few of the pictures I took at Pompeii that one afternoon.