About the volcano:
Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano that sits about 6 miles from the city of Naples in Italy. Made famous after the eruption of 79AD destroyed the town of Pompeii (and nearby Herculaneum) the volcano has sat relatively quiet ever since, with the exception of a few lesser eruptions throughout the centuries.
About the city:
Naples is the capital of Campania and the third largest city in Italy. Within the city limits the population is roughly 960,000 people; in the surrounding urban area the population reaches upwards of over 3 million people and all of them live within sight of the slumbering giant. The city has been around since the 7th century BC when it was settled by the Greeks. Originally known as Parthenope it was renamed Neápolis in the 5th century BC. It has been ruled by Greeks, Romans, Germans, French, and Spaniards and finally joined the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. Known mostly for its food – specifically pizza – Naples is is the gateway to what some consider the “real Italy.”
My name is Kerrin and I live in Naples. I enjoy travelling, photography, cooking, and eating. I hope you enjoy the photos and rambling stories I post here about this amazing city existing and thriving in the shadow of the volcano that helped shape it.