Day 285 – Pompeii, Italy
Today we took a day trip to Pompeii, which is located about 30 minutes from Sorrento by train. We spent the entire day exploring the incredible archaeological site of the Pompeii ruins. Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. There was a major earthquake followed by an explosion 20,000 meters high. A series of two lava flows covered the town soon after. Many of the excavated ruins are in excellent condition (wall paintings, mosaics, statues, tables, fountains, etc.). It turns out that being covered in lava is a better preservative than being exposed to human nature and wars.
(View of Sorrento from our hotel)