Pompei!

Trip Start Apr 03, 2007
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Trip End May 23, 2007


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Friday, April 27, 2007

After Rome, I took the train south to Naples, and then another train to Pompei.  I skipped Naples as many people told me it was just a bustling city with not a lot to see, but the surrounding areas and islands had much more to offer.  Boy were they right!

Pompei is famous for its unfortunate (for the people of the time, but fortunate for us) fate of being destroyed and buried by the volcanic eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.  The whole town was buried in volcanic ash and virtually forgotten about until it was excavated many centuries later.  Sort of an irony...it was the volcano that buried the city and its inhabitants, but it was also the volcanic ash that preserved the buried remains of the city all this time, as many things are still in good condition.

As luck would have it, I decided to visit (unbeknown to me) on an Italian public holiday (actually the celebration of when the Allied forces landed on the coast and freed Italy during WWII), so there were people and especially kids everywhere!  So I was expecting Pompei to be this little tiny town where things would be relatively quiet, and it was overcrowded with tour buses!
In any case, the old town of Pompei was fabulous.  Its a very different feeling to be walking down a street that has been there since the BC days, and completely untouched and unrenovated.  I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
I had a nice dinner on the town square that night..grilled calamari.  The next morning, I hopped on a train back to Naples, then caught a ferry to the island of Ischia.  I'm having a very relaxing time here...sun, beaches, etc.  Will post again in a few days.
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