Cruising Carnival, Magic-Style: Pictures of Pompeii

by Don Faust on June 19, 2011

Pictures of Pompeii, the town that was destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD

Pictures of Pompeii

On my Carnival Magic tour, the ship stopped in Naples, Italy. There’s plenty to do in this port – you could choose to spend time in Capri, or the towns on the Amalfi Coast. But I decided to go to Pompeii, because I had always been fascinated by the doomed city in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius.

 

Pictures of Pompeii

The monster eruption, which took place over two days in 79 AD, buried Pompeii under 4 to 6 meters of ash and pumice. What’s fascinating is that the city was then lost for over 1700 years, when a farmer accidentally discovered it in 1749.

Pictures of Pompeii

Pompeii is one of Italy’s most popular tourist sites and receives 2.5 million tourists per year. I went with a group from the cruise ship and I found it hard to hear the guides as we went through the UNESCO World Heritage site (read my thoughts on cruise ship excursions – this one would have cost $89.95 for four hours). Lots of crowds, as you can see from the photos.

Pictures of Pompeii

Still, Pompeii is worth a visit, if only as yet another reminder of nature’s power. This year we’ve read plenty about hurricanes and tsunamis and earthquakes; Pompeii shows quite clearly that natural disasters have beset civilizations throughout the centuries.

Pictures of Pompeii

 

Pictures of Pompeii

Pictures of Pompeii

Pictures of Pompeii

Pictures of Pompeii

Pictures of Pompeii

 

Pictures of Pompeii

Pictures of Pompeii

Picture of Pompeii

 

Pictures of Pompeii

 

Pictures of Pompeii
Carnival cruise line sponsored this trip, but the opinions are those of the author.

| Partner, Contributor and Photo Editor of the travel site www.caroundtheworld.com, winner of 2010 Lowell Thomas travel writing award.

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Theodora June 20, 2011 at 1:47 am

I loved Pompeii, but I think it does help if you’re not in a big group and stuck with the tour experience. Hard to capture the grandeur of either Pompeii or herculaneum, or anywhere in the world, when you’re in a big crowd and moving at their pace.

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Don Faust June 20, 2011 at 9:04 am

Theodora – the tour was part of the trip, so I went with the tour and occasionally fell back to take photos and walk at my own pace. When they arrived at a new site, I’d catch up to hear what the guide was saying. Overall, I thought it was an interesting site.

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Iain Mallory June 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

Great set of images almost feel as if I was there with you

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@AlexBerger June 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

Surprisingly, this is actually a place I’ve yet to make it to. I’ve been all over the surrounding country side but never managed to make it up to the ruins. Great post with fantastic photos. Thanks!

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Angela June 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Beautiful Pompeii, the statue of the mother protecting her child was the thing that impressed me the most when I visited.

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Cailin June 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm

love the photos! I’ve always always always have wanted to visit Pompeii! I hear Herculaneum is pretty cool too?

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