Port of NaplesThe next day we were in Naples, one that I was really looking forward to. I was happy to see that it was another warm and sunny day.
Once again we met up with our small tour group and our driver/guide. I don't remember our driver's name, but he was an older man who didn't have a lot nice to say about his wife ... or women in general. Nice! However, I positioned myself in the back of the van so I couldn't hear a lot of what he was saying, and enjoyed chatting with another one of the ladies.
Once we made it into Positano, we had about an hour and a half to walk around the streets, browse the shops, and climb down to the beach. I would have loved to spend the entire day there, but we had other places to see.
We found that we were just killing time after lunch waiting to meet up with the group again. We shopped a little, but most of the stores were the typical tourist type places. After the fact, we would have perferred to skip Sorrento and spend more time in Positano.
Our final stop for the day was Pompeii.
Romans took control of Pompeii around 200 BC. On August 24, 79 AD, Vesuvius erupted, burying the nearby town of Pompeii in ash and soot, killing 20,000 people, and preserving the city in its state from that fateful day. Pompeii is an excavation (It: scavi) site and outdoor museum of the ancient Roman settlement. This site is considered to be one of the few sites where an ancient city has been preserved in detail - everything from jars and tables to paintings and people was frozen in time, yielding, together with neighbouring Herculaneum which suffered the same fate, an unprecedented opportunity to see how the people lived two thousand years ago.Pompeii was amazing!!! It's hard to put into words what I felt as we walked through the ancient city with Mount Vesuvius looming in the distance. We had hired a guide, who met us there. She was fantastic, and so knowledgable about Pompeii. It was so cool to walk through and see this city that was wiped out in a flash, but everything preserved in so much detail, right down to the expression on the faces of the people. (there were only 5 "people" still there ... most of the bodies are in museums and such).
Pompeii was definitely a highlight of the whole trip.