Capri Island & Pompeii

Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
Trip End Jul 04, 2008

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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

My ferry arived at Bari at seven in the morning. I didn't know how to get to the train station. So I thought it was better to follow the other passenger crowd, but they also didn't know. Fortunately, there was a TI office near the port. Like others did, I asked the way to the train station. The answer was very simple:"Take a bus at the bus stop over there." Then I found that the train station was farther away from the ferry port than I expected. Just in front of the train station, I found another TI office. Then I asked how to get to Naples. The staff kindly told me to take a long distance bus and showed me its timetable. But if I had taken the bus, I would have arrived in Naples in the evening. Actually, I had a plan to go sightseeing after arrival in Naples later in the day. In fact, there was another route by train via Taranto, which looked a better choice at least at the moment. I didn't like long distance buses and I wanted to leave the boring city as soon as possible. So I took the later choice. The train for Taranto left Bari soon, but when it arrived, I was surprised at the platform number for the train to Naples. It said "BUS", not a platform number. So I asked about it at the ticket office. He said bluntly, "Take the bus over there. " As a result, I arrived in Naples at five.

The city of Naples was as dirty as Sofya. When I arrived at Naple Station bus terminal, it was windy and trashes were hovering around there. From my experience, I know that if your town is dirty, people living there is also diry at heart. I was so hungry after a long bus ride that I bought a piece of pizza near the terminal. It cost 2.5 euros and I gave the vender 5 euros. He gave me the change of 2.5 euros all in 10 cent coins!! So stupid Napolitan!! Anyway I could picked up myself and started walking to my hostel. Their hostel was supposed to be reached in 20 mins, but I walked in the different direction and reached in 45 mins. My hostel name was hostel of the sun, which was rated as the secon best hostel in the world by It was a small hostel located on the seventh floor of a building, which had a small lounge and a dining room. interestingly, I had to pay 5 cents to ride the elevator. I didn't understand why the hostel was so popular at first. I stayed with them only one night, but now I knew why. The key was simple, but the most important in any customer or guest services. Actully, they were very, very nice and friendly, more than friendly from time to time. I could give them the world's best friendly award. So I never ever, ever complain of them, even if their card reader couldn't accept my credit card and I had to go to a money exchange to pay the rent. There was a small supermarket near the hostel, where foods and drinks were very cheap. The beautiful girl at a cash resister greeted me in Enlgish, which made me happy. I met an Australian from Perth in the hostel and talked about Perth and Italy. I felt nostalgic for Perth, where I spent three months 4 years ago.

I had a plan to visit both Pompeii and Capri island on the same day and asked how to get to both places at the reception. The receptionist kindly told me that it was impossible to visit both. So I took Capri. It was easy to go to Capri by ferry and it was easier to go to the Blue Grotto from Marina Grande, Capri ferry port. The ferry ticket excluding the entrance fee for the grotto was 14 euros and the entrance fee was 10 euros. I thought the boat price including cruising around the island was not so bad, but the entrance fee was extremely expensive, because the duration in the grotto was only five minutes. However it didn't mean anything to visit Capri without seeing the Blue Grotto. Reluctantly I bought a ticket. The grotto was comparatively close to Marina Grande. The entrance was a very small hole with a rope to proceed the boats, where everyone had to transfer to a small boat and to duck to pass through it. The grotto was so beautiful that I wanted to stay there for a while, but against my will, the boat left there in five minutes... After that, I enjoyed cruising around the island with some good views. The Cruiese finished about noon, but I didn't intend to walk around the island. So I decided to bathe on the bech near Marina Grande until the return ferry arrived. On the way to the beach, there were boat tickets offices. Then I hit on an good idea. I thought I could travel to Pompeii, if I went there via Sorrento. As a result, it worked out.

Sorrent was a beautiful small town, but unfortunately I spent little time. If I had time, I would have visited Amalfi Coast as well. I hurried off to Pompeii without seeing anything in Sorrent. It was already about half past three, when I reached Pompeii. Pompeii was a whole city ruin, where the excarvation was still going on and it was much larger than I expected. I understood why the hostel receptionist told me not to visit both Capri and Pompeii on the same day, but I was already there. There was an information center at the entrance, where I asked for a map, but they just gave me a booklet, which was useless to explore the city, but enjoyable to read. Two hours later, although I had been lost several times and tired enough, I finished exploring. 

Reawakened Ancient City: Archaeological Areas of Pompeii Video
What interested me most was how the archaeologists made the citizen's casts displayed in the ruined city.

Back in Naples, I picked up my baggage which I left at the hostel in the morning and headed for the train station. I definately had to reach Rome on that day, because my Eurail Pass would expire. While I was waiting for a bus to the train station, suddenly from above, some water fell onto me and the guy with whom I talked. The Napolitan living on the third floor of the building behind us threw away some water from his balcony without noticing us. So stupid Napolitan, again!! Anyway, I barely made it to catch the last train to Rome.
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