Vesuvius’ Buried Towns.
In 79 AD the author and naturalist Pliny the Elder was in charge of the Roman fleet at the naval base in Misenum. When Vesuvius erupted, he went by ship toward the coast to help rescue people, but ended up reaching point to the south of the mountain where he died. His nephew, Pliny the Younger, later wrote an account of the eruption as he probably watched it from this hill.
Today is hazy, but on a clear day one would see the extent of the disaster from this point.
There, across the two Gulfs, between the coast and the volcano, is the famous archeological site of Pompeii.
Ancient Rome and Magna Graecia in Southern Italy and Sicily
Our trip of a lifetime was to tour the antiquity of Ancient Rome and Magna Graecia in Southern Italy and Sicily. We wanted to capture the trip in time and space through an Ancient Rome Travel Video so we could revisit memories we treasure, and share the incredible sights with our friends and family.
My wife and I are history buffs and always wanted to visit the ancient Roman ruins and excavated sites that are scattered along the Italian peninsula and Sicily. So, our goal for this trip was to have a lot of fun, while hugging some good-looking ancient stones along the way.
Trials and tribulations and incredible wonders were in store for us as we set out to visit as many of the lesser known excavations as we could. The places few have heard of: The amphitheater in Capua that is almost as large as the Coliseum in Rome, the eerie, towering 2,500-year-old temples in Paestum, and many other ancient cities overlooking the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.
Around the ancient ruins we also enjoyed glorious Positano on the Amalfi coast, eating sweet “dolci” at night after simple meals with fabulous Italian wine.