A few pictures from an exploratory visit to Italy
with Clayton Lehmann and Nelson Stone after our 2009 Isles of Greece
Mostly around the Bay of Naples, but a day in Rome too.
My travel partners Clayton and Nelson
Sorento, where we stayed in Italy, on the south side of the Bay of Naples
Mount Vesuvius from Sorento, across the Bay of Naples
Pompeii looming over Herculaneum, the ancient city partially excavated below the modern city (Ercolano)
The 79 C.E. tuff from Vesuvius that buried Herculaneum and Pompeii
Ironically blocks of an earlier tuff were used in the construction of Herculaneum and Pompeii
The remains of timbers burnt to charcoal in Herculaneum during the 79 C.E. eruption
But even some intricate wall frescoes survived.
It is less of a surprise to find fine mosaics intact in Herculanium
The inside of the crater of Vesuvius
Lavas and pyroclastic deposits at the rim of Vesuvius
The inside of the earlier Somma caldera rim, the 1944 lava flow below it, and Naples beyond.
Vesuvius looming behind the Temple of Jupiter in Pompeii
The Basilica of Pompeii
The impluvium (pool) in the atrium in a house in Pompeii
Wheel ruts in a street in Pompeii
Millstones in Pompeii
A closer look at the vesicular porphyritic volcanic rock that the Pompeii millstones were made of.
Many architectural elements were carved in volcanic tuff and then covered in plaster.
The Ampitheatre at Pompeii
Positano on the Amalfi Coast, the southern side of the Sorentine Peninsula
The Castel Sant'Angelo, the Mosoleum of Hadrian
The Roman Colossium
The Roman Forum in Rome
The Trevi Fountain in Rome
Goodbye Rome (airport ad, a new take on Romulus and Remus and the Capitoline Wolf)
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