The city of Naples and Mount Vesuvius 13 Mar 2017
About this photo
Mount Vesuvius rises behind the Italian city of Naples. The volcano was made famous by its 79AD eruption when ash, mud and rocks killed thousands of people and destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The blankets of ash that swept across the towns left the buildings and their residents perfectly preserved for centuries.
Vesuvius' cone rises out of the remnant of an ancient volcano, Mount Somma. It is the only active volcano in mainland Europe and has erupted as recently as 1944. You can take a guided tour of both Naples and Pompeii on Insight Guides’ Wonders of Rome and the Amalfi Coast trip.