The beauty of a palm tree and other lush landscaping against the ruins of Pompeii amazed me.
Mount Vesuvius, five miles from Pompeii, erupted in 79 A.D. to bury two thousand people living in town, wealthy vacationers residing in the villas, shopping in the markets and taverns, and slaves working in small factories.
Pompeii was rediscovered in 1748 and today the buildings, artifacts and skeletons left behind are open for tours.
When visiting Italy, I walked the grounds but did not go underground to view the remains. I felt I could see enough contrast from above.
For some other wonderful interpretations of contrast, check here.