Vesuvius, Pompeii and Hercaulem are all close to Naples and the Amalfi Coast.

We had seen Pompeii on previous visits, so we decided this time to look at Vesuvius.

As a volcano it is interesting, as the number of visitors there would prove.  However it is a quiet mountain, not nearly as dramatic as our visit to Tana in Vanuatu thirty years earlier.

On top it is a barren wasteland, volcanic shale falling down the steep edges.  Just a small pocket of eruption from the deep.

But locals say it is time for an eruption.  So as you climb the steep barren path it is quite comforting to see the various bits of electronic equipment scattered around, that would obviously alert us to an impending disaster.