By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises
Sorrento is an ancient town, established by the Greeks, elaborated upon by the Romans, and now devoted to the Tourists.
It remains a place of color and charm.
The backdrop to all of coastal Campania just sits there…tick, tick, tick.
Mount Vesuvius is the still-active volcano that buried the great Roman city of Pompeii as well as other villages like Herculaneum in the region.
This is one of the most attractive spots in all of Italy, and it is quite possible to forget about Vesuvius. Chances are it won’t erupt today. But it’s due.
Because of the dense population of the coast from Naples south to Sorrento, Vesuvius is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.
Pompeii was destroyed in the year 79.
The volcano has erupted dozens of times since. On occasion, eruptions from Vesuvius have blanketed nearly all of southern Europe. In 472 and 1631, Vesuvian ash fell on Constantinople (Istanbul), more than 750 miles away.
The most recent significant eruption came near the end of World War II, in 1944. Tick, tick, tick.
Above, a street in Sorrento.
Below, a street in Pompeii, with Vesuvius in the background.
Below, the famous Via Krupp on the lovely island of Capri, offshore of Sorrento.
We will be back in Sorrento on April 30 and I will have additional comments in my blog on that day.
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