Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius by morning

My hotel room in Naples faced out across the bay of Napoli and Mount Vesuvius, where I could see the sunrise each morning. I always kept my camera charged up just in case there was one of these mornings, and fortunately, there always was. I can’t believe my friend Valerio (Valpopando) actually lives there and gets to see this all the time. I hope he appreciates it!

Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius by morning

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Le Scavi de Pompeii… et Vesuvio

Did I get that Italian right? I was kind of guessing. I picked up a little – very little. But I do know more than the average Olive Garden waiter, which is something I can be proud of, I suppose.

This was taken after I had walked about 10 miles all over the ruins of Pompeii on a hot summer day. I got away from the other tourists, who I generally dislike for no good reason, and found this spot that I was probably not supposed to be. The clouds were peculiar that day, and you can see them hovering over Mount Vesuvius. It’s interesting that the gap there in Vesuvius is actually what is covering the very ruins in which I was standing.

The Ruins of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

This second shot was from a small plane, barely airworthy, as it flew over Mount Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Mount Vesuvius from the Sky

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Vesuvius in the Mist

This was shot in Naples in the early morning before all the fog had time to burn off the Bay of Napoli. The volcano in the background is Mount Vesuvius.

Morning Mist under Vesuvius

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Storm Approaching Pompeii

This was taken on a rather hot summer day as a huge cloud was about to overtake the Roman ruins of Pompeii.

Storm Approaching Pompeii

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Amphitheatre

Here is an old Roman ruin in Pompeii. That area behind the amphitheatre is where the gladiators would live and train.
Amphitheatre in Pompeii

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Mini Colosseum

In Pompeii, which for some reason only has one “i” in Italian, I came across the miniature version of the colosseum. It was somewhat overgrown, but otherwise in perfect condition.

Mini Colosseum

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Skull Head from Rome

This is an extremely detailed mosaic that was uncovered in Pompeii and now resides in the Museum of Archeology in Naples. I am pretty sure this is the same skull that inspired the beginning of that show Rome on HBO, which is really a good show, by the way.

Skullus Mosiacus

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Vesuvius from the Sky

Here is one of my favorite pictures I took in Italy of Mount Vesuvius from an airplane, taken as I was leaving Naples.

Mount Vesuvius from the Sky

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Italian Morning

Oh this is just another shot from a morning in Italy… Life is a little different over there, you know?

Italian Morning

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Morning Rainstorm over Vesuvius and Pompeii

On the morning I left Naples, I went to the top of my hotel to eat breakfast on the roof, and I saw these incoming clouds and a rain over Vesuvius. So, naturally, I had to grab my ever-present camera.

Morning Rainstorm Over Vesuvius and Pompeii

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