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

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or check out his adventures on his family adventure travel site. Contact him at chris@elliott.org.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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