Piazza Bartolo Longo

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  • Day5


    May 15, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    A little lie in before getting the train to Pompei. The service to Pompei is excellent, 2 euro and 40 minutes you are there.

    The weather is a bit changeable between rain and lovely sunshine. That does not dampen the spirits or the splender of the ruins. I was amazed by the extent of the ruins. I was walking round for about 4 hours and I still did see everything. Could of wandered round of another 4 hours and I don’t think I would of seen everythingRead more

  • Day2


    May 2, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    After a good night with only small need for ear plugs, we set off for Garibaldi Station to catch the train to Pompeii. We caught the 10.07 and enjoyed coastal views. Arriving at Pompeii we took the shuttle to the archaeological site. After €5 a cup Cafes we entered the old ruined city and were blown away by the scale, not only of the size of the whole site but the scale of the buildings and state of preservation. The whole place was truly amazing.
    We entered by the teatro which also housed the gladiators accommodation, the teatro had a roof originally to improve acoustics. There is roman grafitti in the plaster walls as you leave. Then we were on to well-worn Roman streets on a neat grid system, the surface made of large fitted stones of lava and you could also see tracks worn by carts and there are stepping stone to aid pedestrian crossing. There are countless grand villas, with entrances ways decorated with mosaics, atria with pool beneath, tables, beautiful decorated walls and gardens to the rear. There is a laundry and several fast-food outlets. A vineyard, orchard and huge enclosed training ground. At the far end is the 20,000 seat amfiteatro, the first ever and half sunk in the ground, so you go down through a tunnel to enter.
    Lunch was of local cheeses and salad on stone seats. Then we crossed the city towards the Forum and central temples. The city was famously enveloped by pyroclastic ash and gas cloud in 79 AD. This killed the occupants who were taken by surprise, and buried buildings for nearly 2,000 years, preserving many things as they were.
    The scale and sophistication defy description.
    Our journey back was by the Cicumvesuvium line, which was much more crowded and basic than going. Quick supermarket sweep and we dined on chicken and chips with local Fiano and Malvasia Nera wine.
    The day was not done as we found a small bar for post dinner drinks, grappa, beer and watery carafe of wine. Liverpool just scraped past Roma into the final of the Champions League.
    The locals outside the bar opposite get louder as the evening progressed and were still going strong at 3am, making the ear plugs provided an essential.
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    Kathryne Maher

    I love the dog guarding the entrance.

  • Day62

    Naples, never! Pompeii, please!

    January 13, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Go to a small town as far away from Naples as possible but where you are still able to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum. I shall not start on how I do not have a liking for Naples. I will, however, tell you about how I loved Pompeii.

    Pompeii is situated 7km from the volcano Mount Vesuvius. In 62AD a devastating earthquake severely damaged Pompeii, with some of the devastation still present today. The town busied themselves for the next 17 years rebuilding their homes, shops, palaces and temples. Unbeknownst to them, on August 24 at 1pm Mount Vesuvius was to erupt and that would be the death of almost all villagers in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Destroying the village where they had all worked so hard to rebuild.

    Our guide, Alex, guided us through what Mt Vesuvius, decided to leave behind for us to wander through and I was just shocked. I was able to see exactly how the Vesuvians lived, what their houses, palaces, shops, city centres, restaurant and fast food joins and piazzas looked like as well as the brothel and what food they ate almost 1950 years ago.

    One thing amongst many that amazed me about Pompeii was the graffiti. Don’t worry, it’s not modern graffiti like we know but ancient scratchings, which is the Latin translation of graffiti. During the games held in the amphitheater, children would stay in the street and write and draw (graffiti) stories on the street walls and kerbs. Advertisements for shops, restaurants and political elections were graffitied on the walls of shops, houses, streets and kerb by many villagers and merchants. This gave us a great insight into the daily lives of the people of Pompeii from over 1950 years ago.

    Frescoes and mosaics were still present in some of the houses and palaces as well as some bed and door frames.

    What was most devastating to see was the plaster casts of children, adults and even dogs who suffered through the 600C pyroclastic heat from the eruption. They were stunned in their last movement, last breath. This was more prominent in Herculaneum but I could barely glimpse at it in Pompeii.

    As I neared the end of my visit in Pompeii, 5 and a half hours later, I had a very guilty realisation about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. If it never erupted and preserved the village of Pompeii, we would be guessing about the life from 2000 years ago. What food they ate, what their homes looked like, how they occupied their time, what tools they used and many more. I am very grateful for that but yet was holding back tears as I discovered more and more about Pompeii.
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  • Day4

    Pompeji - 24. August 79 n. Chr.

    March 17, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Mit dem Zug geht es nach Pompeji - es ist trocken und gar nicht so kalt.
    Alleine die Vorstellung in der Hauptreisezeit mit Tausenden anderen hier zu gehen lässt mich schaudern.
    Der Plan ist gar nicht so einfach zu lesen und so gönne ich mir ein entspanntes Schauen.
    Alles ist top gepflegt; einige Häuser werden gerade restauriert - das was ich heute sehe beeindruckt mich sehr.
    Ich muss auf den Weg achten - alles ist glatt geschliffen und sehr uneben.
    Porta Marina- Tempio di Apollo- Teatro Piccolo - Tempio di Iside - Casa del Menandro - casa della Venere in Conchiglia - Thermopollum di Vetutius Placidus - Casa del Fauno ..... welch klingende Namen!
    3 Stunden bin ich bereits unterwegs - und dann fängt es leider zu regnen an. Und erstmals habe ich meinen Schirm im Hotel gelassen - sei es, ich komme sicher wieder.
    Zurück in Neapel knurrt mein Magen schon bedenklich und so ist es Zeit für die einzig wahre Pizza- Käse, Tomaten und Basilikum.
    In einer unscheinbaren Pizzeria nahe Dante, ein Glas Wein dazu - PERFEKT!
    Ich lasse mich noch ein wenig treiben und dann fahre ich zurück nach Pozzuoli - wieder einmal mit müden Füßen.
    Ich schlendere noch durch die Stadt - ein besonderes Licht nachdem es auch hier geregnet hat.
    Am späteren Abend gewittert es ordentlich, dazu schüttet es - wow, ein richtiges Frühlingsgewitter.
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  • Day5

    Hangover Day

    July 6, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Bis Nachts um 5 feiern gehen und am nächsten Tag bei 35°C Pompeii besichtigen? Wir hatten wohl schon bessere Ideen 🤣. Nachdem ich Cait erst einmal aufwecken musste, da sie nach nur 2 Stunden schlaf ihren Wecker nicht gehört hatte gingen wir zusammen Frühstücken. Danach machten wir uns auf sen Weg zur Metro. Leider mussten wir dort festzustellen, dass diese wegen eines Streiks nicht fuhren. Zwar war es nicht sehr weit zum Bahnhof, doch dank unseres Katers kam er uns eeewig vor. Wie wir den Tag in Pompeii überstanden haben? Mit viel gejammere 😅. Ja ich weiß, wer feiern kann ... 🤷 Doch es hat sich wirklich gelohnt nach Pompeii zu fahren. Wir waren absolut fasziniert von den fast 2000 Jahre alt Ruinen (Ja wir haben auch etwas gelernt bei unserem Ausflug 😉). Glücklicherweise war Cait nach etwa 2 Stunden genauso k.o. wie ich. Zurück im Hostel verzogen wir uns beide in unsere Zimmer um etwas Schlaf nachzuholen. Einige Zeit später traf ich im Gemeinschaftsraum auf 3 Jungs, die gerade angereist waren. Einer war aus den USA und die anderen beiden (was für ein Zufall) aus Australien 🇦🇺. Während wir uns unterhielten gesellten sich immer mehr unserer Mitbewohner zu uns und am Ende saßen wir zu 10. zusammen und beschlossen etwas Essen zu gehen. Es war wirklich toll Menschen aus so vielen unterschiedlichen Nationen kennenzulernen. (Australien, Tunesien, USA, Finnland, Mexico). Highlight des Tages war ein Geschenk von Kate: ein kleiner Koala mit australischer Flagge 🐨❤️.Read more

  • Day14

    Day 14: Pompeii, Italy

    July 4, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Pompeii was the town that was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted. They've actually built a whole new city around it, but they've kept the ruins and it's pretty big. We spent four hours there and still didn't feel like we saw much.

    For those who ever go, we highly suggest a walking tour. It's confusing and hard to get all the information without a tour guide and the audio tours weren't the best. We didn't know we could go to the entrance and wait for them to collect a larger tour for us to take it with a bunch of people as the tour guide said it would be 100 Euros for just the two of us. Regardless, the sights were really cool and it was interesting to see how they lived back then. They even had mummified bodies of the people. It was hard to look at. Since they were covered in ash, they were able to fill them with plaster and show the position and what they looked like after carving the excess away.

    For the night, we went to a nice restaurant and had amazing spaghetti and meatballs and pasta with seafood. We also went to Lush and H&M which made us have a nice taste of back home.
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  • Day21


    July 8, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    After our Vesuvius hike, we finished off our day following the Rick Steves' walking tour of Pompeii.

    This was fascinating to walk through but it was so hot that we decided to cut our tour short. The time we spent here was worthwhile and gave us a good sense of how big the city was and how well the Roman's engineered their cities.Read more

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