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Cruise Report – Naples & Rome

May 27, 2008

The next city we arrived in was Naples. Amy really liked the decor of the buildings in this city. Their use of color on their buildings and shudders was beautiful. There was a huge 16th century castle right on the water in the bay. We were able to find a double-decker bus tour of the city that was perfect for our schedule, so we jumped on it and took a quick tour of the city. One common thing we found in every city we visited was there were huge plazas or squares in the European cities. And majestic buildings everywhere you turned. You would be walking down a narrow street, and then all of the sudden you are in an open square, with a fountain, some marble statues, and a beautiful building. We grabbed a quick bite of pizza and then headed to Pompei.

Pompei was my favorite site of all the places we visited. It was truly amazing! The city of Pompei sits at the base of Mt. Vesuvius. Mt. Vesuvius is an active volcano, that has erupted several times through the centuries. Pompei was a thriving city when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and buried the entire city in 20 feet of ash. It was later excavated, and has thus been preserved in much of its original state. There are entire city blocks where you can walk the well preserved streets of the market district, the residential district, temples, town squares, and many other structures. In one of the photos, you can see the wear of the chariot wheels in the rock streets! We saw one warehouse type structure where various artifacts that had been unearthed were being stored. The mosaic tile floors and painted walls were all still in their original condition. It was crazy to walk around knowing the place you were standing existed 2000 years ago!

The next day we arrived in Rome. Actually, the port city is called Civitavecchia and we took a bus to Rome. You probably need 2-3 days to see all of Rome and unfortunately, we only had 8 hours. So we picked out a few things we wanted to see, and travelled about Rome for the day. Again, it was amazing. I just wish we had a little more time to enjoy all of it. We started at the Vatican and toured the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, then took a taxi to the Pantheon and walked back to the Coliseum. Quite a day!

 

That was a long two days of walking! It was back to the ship for some rest as we headed to Florence the next morning.

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