This is a different kind of tourist spot compared to the others. While most of the tours involved some kind of man-made structure, this one is all natural. Mount Vesuvius is actually a volcano in the vicinity of the Gulf Of Naples in Italy. It is actually part of a series of volcanoes  which for the Campanian volcanic arc. This magnificent volcano erupted in AD 97 which led to the total destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The eruption spewed out hot molten lava, stones and volcanic ashes and gases up to 33 meters in height. The thermal heat produced by such an eruption was a hundred thousand times higher than the Hiroshima Nagasaki Nuclear bombings during World War I. At least a thousand people died, although this number is unconfirmed.

The destruction by such violent eruptions were depicted in many classic movies about Pompeii. I have seen one as a child and even then felt devastated by what the poor people of Pompeii had to endure during those times. Those movies imprinted in my mind that mother nature could be unpredictable sometimes, yet we can do little to avert such occurrences.

Today, the volcano is a popular tourist destination. People take pictures of the nearby Pompeii ruins, some major architectural details still visible. From the ruins, you could take picture with Mount Vesuvius in the background. For the more adventurous, there is an even better option for tourist. A group of tourist could do a crater walk and circle around the rim or mouth of the volcano.

The experience is exhilarating and exciting. As I walk around the rim of the great crater, I could only imagine the terror and the fear the people of Pompeii must have felt on that dreadful day. Imagine having to scamper for your life and limb, not knowing where to run, how to save kids, family and pets. It must have been nerve-wracking to have been there, to say the least.

Mount Vesuvius is definitely a nice place to visit, if only to remind myself of our mortality as human beings. It is also a good way of connecting with nature while we still can, before nature takes another convoluted eruption or moreso before we leave the face of this earth. This is definitely an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life, and something to tell my children in the future.