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Published: November 21st 2007
The city lost for 2000 years, the bodys are people that got traped when the volcano erupted and got preserved in that exact shape.
I can tell you that the food is just magnificant here in Italy! We have had a wonderful time tasting all the different things as we travel further south through this country and of course seeing all the famous landmarks along the way.
The last city that we were in before our last blog was Florence, this place is more like an outdoor museum than anything else with a massive square containing famous statues of David and Hercules plus many other famous people from the Roman times. Of course once again here we went to another Aperitiuo with our host and they seem to get better and better as we travel through Italy. The amount of food, and good quality, is unbeleivable for free and all you have to do is buy a drink and you can go for it! The Church there in Florence was by far the most spectular on the outside but inside was pretty bland and not much else to see. Also we went to the Museum Palazzo degli Offizi and this place has a massive range of famous paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo but the most famous was the Birth of Venus by Annunciation
Castle Dell Ovo
and the line to see that was massive. Other things that we did there in Florence was go and see the Monks Chant which was interesting to see, eat lots of olives and just wander around this great city. We had our first try of the Italian pizza here and I hope that there are no Italians reading this but I didn't think that it was the best I've had but when we went further south of course they got much better.
The Italians are the most fussy people when it comes to pizza and pasta in the world by far! It is unbeleivable how much they carry on about it and that no one in the world could possibly be as good as them at cooking. But Mum, their pastas have no way been near as good as the Friday night pasta! When they cook it over here they hardly put anything on it, just some tomatoes and sauce and maybe some herbs and done.
The next city was Siena but we only had one night here so we didn't get to see a great deal. The main things would be the main square in the middle
Piazza Della Signiria
of the city and all around it there was magnificant buildings and the town hall at the base, the church of course and the strangest thing we went and had a look at would have to be Chiesa di San and this is a church with the preserved head of Saint Catherine. A real treat for us though would have to be the gelati that we had in Siena! It was the best ice cream ever! It comes in a cone covered in chocolate and it had four massive scoops on top, not like the little round scoop back home it is more like a trowl, and just brilliant!
Next city was Roma and going to do a blog just for that city a little later on, to much to write on that place.
The last city in Italy we went to was Naples, the home of pizza! It is not the best city for feeling safe there in Naples with the marfia running around all over the place but it really had a edge about it. Always something to do in this place either site seeing, pizza eating, shopping and looking over your shoulder it is impossible
Ponte Vecchio - Only bridge to survive the World War
to get bored in this city. When we arrived there our host was waiting for us and gave us a small tour around the the city and we had more of a look and the shopping we found out is fantastic here! Markets all over the place, up little alleys are rows of food stalls, just fantastic. Of course our first night for tea we had to go and try some pizza and it is true that in Naples they dont make it like this anywhere else in the world. Sooo nice is the margherita pizza here we just had to have more. Over the last 3 days I think we had 5 pizzas between us and plus much more food on top of that as well. The church there has the head of St Januarhus (the saint of the town) and also two vials of his his blood and each year on a certain day the Preist there get the vials and shakes it and it turns to liquid! Well they hope it does other wise they are teriffeid that something bad is going to happen. The last time it didn't turn to liquid was early this century and
Ponte Vecchio - Only bridge to survive the World War
a couple of months latter the volcano errupted!
Now this next place that we went to do a day trip from Naples blew me away! Is it a place called Pompeii at the base of the volcano Vesuvio and in 79 AD it erupted and the ash firstly completely covered the city then the lava arrived and covered the ash completely preserving the place as it is today. But the strangest thing is that the bodies found there all that time ago are now solid stone in the exact position they were when the ash landed. The clothing they were wearing is still stone and it looks like it has been carved out by a sculpture but they are in perfect shape. There are children and parents trying to escape and they are still in the same position crawling along the ground with there heads up above there shoulders and seems like they just froze. Really amazing that place was..
Well from Naples we started to head to rainy Greece, well in Naples it wasnt the best weather since it snowed when we were there and didn't get above 5 deg I think.
Thats all for this one
Ponte Vecchio - Only bridge to survive the World War - Other view
and everyone pray for the sun to come out over here in Greece!
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