Thursday, August 14, 2014

Continued Backpacking in Italy

I loved Venice so much. The gondolas were amazing. And the buildings are so beautiful. It's a very exciting place to visit and no need to worry about cars.

Venice is not just water. This is St. Mark's Square.

Speaking of beautiful buildings, the Duomo in Florence is pretty fancy, isn't it?

Another quite fascinating place in Italy is Pompeii. This is the courtyard of a rich person's house.

You can see Mount Vesuvius in the background.

And more clearly here.

Image by Morn the Gorn

At noon on August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius exploded. Volcanic ash and pumice stones showered onto Pompeii. Many occupants fled, but about 2,000 people stayed and were killed on August 25 by a toxic gas cloud that suffocated them. The bodies were covered with ash that hardened, preserving their bodies. 

Pompeii was not excavated until 1748. Just thinking about what it must have been like for the people living there when the volcano erupted is heartbreaking.

Let's leave Italy on a lighter note with the fabulous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Good thing restoration work has been done to keep the tower from falling over!

Image by Saffron Blaze

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