Naples: How We Live Now with Kids
NAPLES, Italy - Mount Vesuvius, lies about six miles east of Naples, and is considered to be one of the world’s most famous landmarks for many reasons. First and foremost it is best known for having wiped out the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D. It also happens to be the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years, and volcanologists predict it could erupt again at any time. But what guidebooks don’t seem to share with their readers about Mount Vesuvius is simply how heavenly the views can be at the top of the volcano. A walk up on the well preserved trail to the cone of the volcano and to peek over the rim into the steaming abyss far below is truly an amazing and frightening experience. My children and I even added an extra hour to our visit while at the top of the volcano and perched ourselves on a few of the benches that are scattered around for visitors to sit down and take in the view. As I sat down with my children and absorbed the gorgeous views we were experiencing as a family my ten-year old son turned around and asked me, “ How can such a beautiful place like this kill so many people." I’m not sure the answer to my sons question was a good one, but I’ll never forget how utterly honest and profound a child’s question can be when it comes to understanding the world and the role we have in it.
By ANN WEEKS