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A Glimpse of Mount Vesuvius

Mt Vesuvius

In Sorrento, at the end of a week’s walk along the Path of the Gods I looked out over the darkness and into the sea to find a shadow rising from the depths: Vesuvius, one of history and imagination’s most famous volcanoes. Its shoulders sloped with volcanic majesty – but to my surprise it wore a bright shining necklace of shimmering city lights.

This image, this glimpse was all I managed to see of the stony symbol that suffocated 16000 lives and destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum nearly 2000 years ago.

Perhaps I’d expected to see it preserved from that time as well, wrapped in isolation and folded into a toga with a wreath of leaves flung onto the side for good measure.

Perhaps I hadn’t expected the sky to flame, burning with the reflected life of a modern Italian city.

Or perhaps I just longed to get closer, to peer into the geological fires of history.

I’m not sure. The only thing there’s no perhaps about is that one day I hope to return.

Disclosure:  I travelled around Amalfi in part thanks to Headwater Holidays who specialise in relaxing activity tours.

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11 Responses to A Glimpse of Mount Vesuvius

  1. Selma March 6, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Volcanoes: they have the power to grant life, and to take it away …!

  2. Steven Garrett March 11, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    What a stunning photo. Did you take it?

    • Abi King March 13, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      Yep – I take pretty much all of the photos on this site

  3. Sun Sea Adventures March 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    So pretty!

  4. Anna Rice March 18, 2014 at 3:24 am #

    Amazing photo! I went to the top of Mount Etna in Sicily and it was surprisingly FREEZING and beyond windy. I could barely stand!

  5. Maary March 21, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Nice Image

  6. Sofia Rhodes March 22, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Wow that’s really outstanding photo.Can’t stop starring at that photo.

  7. Sofia March 24, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Mind blowing pictures.Really can’t take my eyes off.You did a great job.

  8. creativedesignsblog March 25, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    So nice and graceful…..the beautiful natural view is captured very nicely……a brilliant combination like all in all…

  9. Milan Balaban April 11, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Something so beautiful yet so scary. Volcanos in Italy have a certain strange charm.

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