Today saw a visit up Vesuvius to the edge of the crater. The guide explained that before the eruption in 79ad which destroyed Pompeii and the surrounding area, Vesuvius was a much larger volcano as it’s now believed to be only a third of the size it once was. Although it looks very benign, it’s still an active volcano which last erupted in 1944. It is considered one of the most dangerous however, but is one of the most monitored due to the 1 million people who live within the red danger zone. They believe they should have up to 15 days to evacuate the area although how and where to is a whole different question. Personally I think the most dangerous thing about the trip was the minibus ride from Ercolano station to the start of the walk up to the summit – mad Italian drivers…….


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