Capri Island & Pompeii
Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
20Trip End Jul 04, 2008
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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 hosteworld.com. 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
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.
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.