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Turner travelled the length of the Posillipo coastline on a new road built during the early nineteenth century, the Via Posillipo. This sketch depicts the view looking east across the Bay of Naples towards the distant city on the left and Vesuvius on the right. The summit of the volcano is wreathed in cloud and there is a small smoke trail emanating from the cone. Turner’s viewpoint appears to be a point on the road near the historic villas of Roccaromana and Martinelli (near present-day Piazza San Luigi).