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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei September 11th 2019

Ilaria and Antonia picked us up at 8am for our journey to Pompeii. Pompeii had been a port town in ancient times and was destroyed progressively over about 3 days of volcanic action. We went past the ancient rock tombs and into the theatre, bathhouse, House of Menander, brothel and city square. After a 20 minute drive, we arrived at Sorrentino winery for lunch. We had courses with matching wines, starting with a sparkling white wine, then an antipasto platter with a flat white, a light red and then a heavier red with spaghetti with Napoletano sauce and dessert was a pound cake with apricot sauce. Herculaneum was a short drive and had been destroyed quickly in a cataclysmic eruption, where the town was buried with mud and lava. As we approached the entrance, we could ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei October 12th 2018

Day 6 - Pompeii - One the most famous Roman sites in the world, but Pompeii was just another Roman seaside resort until Mount Vesuvius erupted. Thousands of people has been killed and the whole city was buried under a blanket of volcanic ash, forgotten until it was unearthed by explorers 1800 years later. Preserved like a photo of Roman life frozen in time. We arrive at Pompeii, and the first thing you notice is its size. Although no one knows for sure, it’s estimated that 20,000 people lived here and the archaeological site covers over 100+ acres, so you could easily spend a week wandering around it all. The tour guide was so good that it brought the history around us to life. The layer of ash did an amazing job of preserving the details ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei March 14th 2018

Now in Italy for the last 3 weeks of our winter escape. As our friend Lorraine says, "2 of my best friends are Italian...pasta and vino!" We would add a third friend, pizza! Pompei has always been on Marlene's wish list (having taught about it in geography classes) so we started there with 4 nights in a hotel right by the walls of the old city that was destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 AD. We did it right and hired an archaeologist/guide; with just one other couple it was a very personalized tour and Lello kept us involved with many questions of what we thought we were seeing along the way. The following day we took the local train into Naples to visit the Archeological Museum where all of the treasures and artifacts recovered when Pompei ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei January 3rd 2018

Für heute hatte ich einen Großkampftag geplant. Nämlich Power-Sightseeing. Der Vesuv, Pompeji und die Amalfiküste. Nach dem Frühstück ging es gleich los und ich bin zu meiner Autovermietung. Dort bekam ich mein Auto, aber nicht wie gewünscht das Navi. Ich kann natürlich mein Smartphone benutzen, wie ich das gemacht habe. Aber wenn man das den ganzen Tag macht und auch noch Fotos schießt, geht das sehr auf den Akku. Denn ich hatte kein Autoladegerät und auch keine Halterung dabei. Aber na gut. So ging es heute auch. Zweites kleines Problem: wie schon einmal bei einem angemieteten Auto in Schottland war der Tank fast leer, so dass ich zuerst eine Tankstelle suchen musste. Glücklicherweise habe ich die auch bald gefunden. Mein erstes Ziel war der Vesuv. Ich war mir zuvor nicht sicher, ob ich die Straße hinauf ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei October 20th 2017

Well last day in Italy, undecided what to do at first but then decided to go to naples leave our bags at station and have a good look round, train journey was only 25 minutes and it's where we were flying out from this evening. Big mistake, what an awful place, very run down and lots of cars rooting horns constantly, walked through a few markets and sat and had a quick bite to eat but apart from that there was nothing else to do, luckily the weather was glorious so we ended up sitting outside a little cafe outside the station and just soaked up the suns rays before hitting freezing cold England again. Sat for a while but when we got propositioned by a very old, very ugly, very scruffy man we thought it ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei October 19th 2017

Well after a surprisingly good night sleep we headed of to the train station to see where we could spend today, not a lot more to do in Pompeii, think it's more a place where they bring you on excursions to see the ruins. After a lot of deliberation (1 minute) we jumped in the train to Sorrento, 40 minute trip, €10 for 2 return, not bad going. Very pleasantly surprised, what a lovely place, we decided to have breakfast! More like a 3 course meal, there was everything, bacon, sausage you name it and all for €12, don't think we'll eat again today. Had a walk up & down the narrow streets browsing in the shops, me looking for a swimming costume Kelley looking for a coat??? Weather was lovely??? Walked down to the harbour, ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei October 18th 2017

Well after not a good nights sleep, very noisy outside and certainly not an airbnb I would recommend we headed off to the airport for flight to Naples, last leg of tour, a good flight 1 hour followed by shuttle bus to centre and then train to Pompeii, was cheap but took a few hours, had problem finding our hotel, the boutique Pompeii hotel, oh dear we have now renamed it 'The Bates Motel' the first room they give us was a double room with double bed & words cannot describe the shower area! Put it this way! What is privacy?? After asking to be moved we then got a room with a double bed and a bunk bed & im sure it's on the slip road of a very busy motorway (not looking forward to ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei September 18th 2017

Out on the early train...first lot through the gate at 9am....quiet to start with Absolutely fascinating...i thought there was going to be a lot of emphasis on the humans which i thought would be macabre....however there was only small amount and the rest was about the grand city and it structures and infrastructures of 64-67hectares. Needed a good 3 hours or more. I said to Brian I feel like I've walked all across town and back. They grew wheat, grapes, pomegranate, olives, figs all for export...the wine urns, the mill grinders. It was completely self sufficient. They had become part of the Socium of Rome (Rome being the first to create rules called civil rights and therefore civilization)...and of course all roads led to Rome. Population at the time was estimated at 11,000 - 11,500 people, ... read more
Looking down the main Forum to Vesuvius
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei July 14th 2017

After a pretty hot night at Robbies, we woke up, packed up and had some breakfast before locking up our room and locking our bags to the reception desk, ready to be collected later in the day. We headed out in the heat toward the large square in front of the central station for our half day Pompeii tour collection point. After some waiting for later comers we were off, the coach Ride was about 30mins and our trip organisers Martina and Manuela were explaining the days itinerary, the views out the window and a little about Pompei and Vesuvius in English, Spanish and Italian as it was a mixed group. Our tour guide, Elisa, took us around Pompei for just over two hours. We say an old amphitheater which was designed with acoustics in mind ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei June 22nd 2017

Rome, Lazio, Italy Monday, October 12, 2015 HAVE PEN, WILL TRAVEL SOUTHERN ITALY We left Ft. Myers, FL on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 bound for Rome, Italy. When we arrived at our connecting flight in Charlotte, NC, we learned that our US Air Rome flight was short seven seats. Could we give up six hours in Rome, take an additional flight to Paris, and endure a real trial of our stamina? Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris is huge (we had to walk it all, we think!), Fiumicino airport in Rome is under construction (and needs it badly!), and NOONE can direct you to where luggage is stored (ours came in early on the plane on which we were originally booked). Thanks to my intrepid husband, lost luggage became found luggage, we travelled the final 30 ... read more
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