My day started with a 6km run from the hotel along the base of the hill on which Assisi sits. The sun was just cresting the hill and shining the first bits of light on the Basilica. The quiet country road made it an almost perfect setting.
The bus ride to Pompeii was approximately 5 hours with a quick pit stop. As the bus approached Pompeii we could see Mt. Vesuvius rising above the rest of the landscape. There are some forest fires in the area and some along the slopes of Vesuvius. It gives the impression that the volcano is steaming. We arrived in Pompeii around 1:30pm and broke off in various sized groups for lunch and a bit of free time to seek out souvenirs.
Our local guide, Fabio, was fabulous. Many interesting stories and facts, some of which I have cleverly cut and pasted from the internet for your convenience. Today, for a change, I have given Wiki the day off and used History.com (there is more info. on the website, I have only used a small portion here): Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near the Bay of Naples in Italy, is hundreds of thousands of years old and has erupted more than 50 times. It’s most famous eruption took place in the year 79 A.D., when the volcano buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash. The dust “poured across the land” like a flood, one witness wrote, and shrouded the city in “a darkness…like the black of closed and unlighted rooms.” Two thousand people died, and the city was abandoned for almost as many years. When a group of explorers rediscovered the site in 1748, they were surprised to find that–underneath a thick layer of dust and debris–Pompeii was mostly intact. The buildings, artifacts and skeletons left behind in the buried city have taught us a great deal about everyday life in the ancient world. (http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/pompeii)
I must say, that once again, seeing these sites in person is so impressive and makes you really appreciate being here.
- Fast food stalls outside Amphitheatre
- Bakeries with chimneys (there were 65 bakeries in Pompeii)
- Pizza oven
- Street in Pompeii
- Sue and Janet in Pompeii
- Street in Pompeii #2
- Frescos (wall paintings)
- Area on stilts so steam could be created in the spa area
- Holes in wall to create steam in spa area
- Floor Mosaic tiles
- Archeologist at work
- Archeologist working on a vase
- View of Vesuvius from Pompeii
- Group photo #1
- All 42 of our EF group: 8 from Chemainus, 15 from Nashville (yes, accents and all – they are a lot of fun), 20 from Saskatchewan
- Wagon artifact at Pompeii
- Pompeii man
- Pompeii boy
- Another group photo
- Walls of Pompeii
- Cliffside drive to Sorrento
- Plant (odd but interesting looking thing – seems to be some sort of cactus) with Capri in the background
- Capri from our hotel room
- Dar and Dom
- Capri at sunset
The drive from Pompeii to Sorrento region was interesting… very narrow streets – basically 1.5 lanes, with lots of turns and switchbacks. On many corners we came face to face with another vehicle. They were all smaller than the bus so that was good! Sometimes they had to back up to give the bus enough room to get by. Our driver Mikhali (sp?) has certainly earned his pay cheque on this tour. Our Tour Director, Fabiana makes sure everything and everyone is taken care of and is happy. We arrived at the hotel around 7pm and dinner was served at 7:30pm.
Another long, and busy EF Tour day. It was wonderful to sit on the balcony and watch the sunset over the island of Capri. We are going there tomorrow and we are all very excited. It’s hard to believe that we only have two more full days and then we must return home on Thur.