Naples has always been on our radar as a place we would love to visit. Having learned and been drilled on the historic significance of pyroclastic flows since grade school there was no reason not to make the trip to see the city for ourselves. The trip turned out to be an excellent day trip through Herculaneum and Pompeii, two of the most significant city ruins when thinking about cities under the shadow of mount Vesuvius. Here are some of the shots we took of our time in the two cities, although we started our day relatively early (8 am) we still didn’t have enough time to see Pompeii in its entirety. If you’re ever in Naples be sure to consider Pompeii as a day trip, you won’t be disappointed! Also check out our post on visiting Italy on a budget which outlines how you can stretch your dollar to maximum potential.
Reading about Herculaneumm in textbooks doesn’t compare to see it in person, if you want to talk about getting real about volcanic eruptions, look no further than this city. There is something to be said about visiting the remains of a historic site of destruction, whether that be a natural disaster or human created. Every moment in our trip we wanted to be present, and this moment helped us consider the historic context of the cobblestone path we walked on. Stepping out onto the same balcony many wealthy Romans spent their last days was worth every set of stairs we had to climb to get there.