Today, August 24th, in 79 AD the great volcano Vesuvius exploded killing thousands and burying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum with rock, ash and other debris. A couple of years ago I managed to visit Napoli (Naples, Italy) for a short weekend trip. Next to the pizza at Da Michele Pizzeria, hiking to the top of Vesuvius was the highlight of the trip. From the summit you can see the metropolis of Naples, the island of Capri and the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Standing atop of a still active (but thankfully not erupting) volcano is an amazing experience as you stand in awe of the sheer power of nature.