A few pictures from an exploratory visit to Italy with Clayton Lehmann and Nelson Stone after our 2009 Isles of Greece course. 
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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