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The presence of Vesuvius has dominated life on the Bay of Naples ever since it buried the towns of Pompei and Herculaneum under a 6m thick layer of ash in 79AD.
THE HISTORY AND LANDSCAPE OF MOUNT VESUVIUS
Vesuvius is the last remaining active volcano in continental Europe. The torrent of solidified lava left by the last eruption in 1944, visible on the walk leading to the crater, provides an eloquent reminder that Vesuvius is by no means dead – just sleeping.
When thinking of Vesuvius, one inevitably thinks of Pompeii, the volcano’s most famous victim and now one of the world’s most visited archaeological sites, and one which is, not surprisingly, included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Unlike Pompeii, which was a busy commercial town, Herculaneum was substantially a holiday resort for aristocrats, ecclesiastics, and politicians.