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A hot time in Pompeii, Italy

The highlight of this trip so far — other than interviewing the voice of SpongeBob, which I’ll do tomorrow — has been visiting Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius.

Oh, wow. This was totally worth it.


The ancient city of Pompeii, which was buried in a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D., is incredible. The ash preserved so much of this Roman city, we couldn’t explore even a fraction of it in an afternoon.

The famous plaster molds of the victims will haunt you for the rest of your life. I know my children will never feel the same way about a volcano after seeing the bodies.

We also hiked up to Vesuvius. It’s well worth seeing this volcano up close. And imagine: Before 79, it was 12,000 feet high. Now, it’s just 4,000 feet. That’s some eruption!


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Christopher Elliott

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  • Guest

    Bravo for taking your kids to a real place with real history, and not some stupid theme park.

  • Dobiev

    I agree, Pompeii was unbelievable!  And did you notice how short the people were? When I tried to go into the doorways (I am 6 foot 1), I had to duck in all of them!!!

  • Sunnykm

    I hope you get to do this kind of year away when your kids are older.  It may seem like a fun trip now but traveling with middle/high schoolers is really a treat–not being facetious at all.  My kids don’t really remember the early trips but still talk about the ones when they were older.

  • http://www.thristhan.com Thristhan

    Wow, great historic sites. Wonderful how they still stand tall after being there for so many year.

  • Alex777

    The highlight of this trip city of Pompeii one of the time have volcano.In this area the famous plaster molds of the victims looks very beautiful.

  • http://twitter.com/travelingiraffe Crissy

    Pompeii is great, so glad I went.  My Travel Agent advised against it as many people found it depressing, but as a history lover I thought it was great.  I would recommend having a tour guide though to show the little things there.

  • Lara Karbonis

    Nice trip I wish I would travel someday to Itally. Lately I was wondering about such possibility: http://www.homeexchange24.com/ maybe this way I would see some of this country. Good luck in your journeys.

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