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Tempio di Venere

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  • Day90

    Pompeii: In the Shadows of Vesuvius

    October 27, 2017 in Italy

    In order to beat the crowds and maximise our time at the Pompeian ruins, we left the apartment just after the crack of dawn (well, maybe not quite that early but early enough). The first challenge in our amazing race was to navigate the Italian train system once again. Italians don't believe in providing signage and this includes letting people know the platform number at some train stations. The first sign letting commuters know the platform number is only available after descending into the depths of the metro system, into the bowels of the earth, on the platform. There were no signs indicating which trains were arriving and we blindly jumped on what we thought was the correct train. Google Maps said so. It was the correct platform, the correct time (although it did seem to leave two minutes early) and there were no other trains scheduled for the same platform. Who would have guessed that the Italian railway system experiences such long delays that the train scheduled for 40 minutes earlier had finally arrived. Fortunately, we realised the error of our ways before it was too late and were able to steer back on course. And luckily the train we needed to catch was also delayed, getting us to the gates of the archaeological site shortly after the opening time.

    For almost eight hours, Ricky made Jason trapes across Pompeii, checking out everything and anything that was open for inspection. Similar to the train system where trains sometimes don't arrive, not everything in Italy is open. Even in Pompeii, some of the houses weren't open for inspection – Ray White or Raine and Horne property managers were obviously not available to provide their services.

    From the moment we entered the grounds of Pompeii, we were on a mission to get past the tour groups and the tick-box tourists, as we headed straight to the Villa of Mysteries, one of the better preserved villas. Our strategy was successful and we were the first to arrive at the villa. Most other tourists hung about in the Forum or went straight to the brothel, by-passing the villas, bars and restaurants. While Pompeii hasn't exactly been frozen in time, there are certainly a lot of remnants of what life was like during the first century C.E. The plaster casts of many of the victims of Vesuvius, some still on display, portray the final eery moments of that fateful afternoon on the 24th of August 79 CE. Thankfully Mount Vesuvius didn't erupt while we were there, but the slightest tremor and we were on the first ship out of there.

    Next stop: back to Napoli.

    For video footage, see:
    https://youtu.be/rwfygnFJlHY
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  • Day17

    Day 13 - Pompei coffee shop

    April 25, 2017 in Italy

    Note on tour company
    World tours

    They were where they said they would be outside the port entrance.  While it seemed to take a long time, we were in the bus and on the road at the time they indicated.

    The tour was provided as a gift and the necessary paperwork was given to us ahead of time. However, the "necessary papers" did not include the information that entrance fees were not included. Someone on the tour had the original email and buried in the tour information section it informed the buyer of that information.  We just happened to have enough Euros to cover but others did not have the needed cash.. Close to 50 euros per couple. The tour company should correct that and make sure it's in the voucher.  Many months can pass between the booking and the actual trip, we should have been reminded. The best way to do that is to have it on the reservation voucher.

    Our guide was Irena. She was happy and friendly, with nothing to dislike.  The archeological guide in Pompei (Susy) was good as well - she knew her information.  A little more dialogue from Irena while driving would have been appreciated - information about the neighborhoods, day to day life in the city, for example. When asked questions, Irena answered happily enough with one or two word answers, not what you are looking for from a tour guide.  For example, we asked what sort of people lived in a certain neighbourhood, to get an idea of the economic demographic.  She replied, "Italians" and left it at that.  At the end of the day she was quite talkative when asking us to give her and her driver a good Tripadvisor review. As for the driver, he was decent enough and we felt safe, but he drove the tour van as if he was driving a car.....A little tough for someone who tends to get motion sickness. Maybe that's the way to drive in Italy, but it wouldn't take much to turn it down just a little for the comfort of the clients.
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  • Day17

    Pompeji

    June 16 in Italy

    Noch nich mal halb 12 und wir haben bereits unseren neuen Platz eingerichtet.

    Wir sind selbst überrascht.

    Ich hatte vorgeschlagen, statt langer Parkplatzsuche (- wo lassen wir das lange Geschoss bloss, und ist es dann noch da, wenn wir wiederkommen?), einen Stellplatz anzufahren. Dort sei es wenigstens sicher, während wir in den Ruinen weilen.

    Dieser Platz ist 50m vom Eingang entfernt und siehe da, er entpuppte sich als grüne Oase mit Oleanderbüschen und Vogelgezwitscher.

    Und: wir haben noch ein Plätzchen bekommen! 😍😍😍 Schnell wurden 2 Autos umgeparkt und eingecheckt, feddich!

    Wir wollen hier gleich 2 Nächte statt einer bleiben und morgen mit der Bahn nach Neapel.

    Jetzt erst mal nach Pompeji.
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  • Day15

    Pompeji ???

    June 14 in Italy

    Was macht denn das Navi da? Eben noch durch Salerno, plötzlich in Neapel? Besser noch in Pompeji? Wat????
    Wir wollen nach Sorrento! Da ich mich strikt und wiederholt (!!!) geweigert habe, die Amalfitana mit einem 7m-Geschoss langzufahren, fahren wir oben rum. Und statt die Autostrada bis zur gewünschten Abbiegung auf die Straße nach Sorrent zu nehmen, stehen wir seit 30 min bei StopandGo in verstopften Strassen. (An alle Co-Pilotinnen: nie, niemals beim Fahren die Augen vom Navi nehmen und Nägel pfeilen auf der Autobahn. Ganz, ganz schlecht! 😆)

    Zumindest ein Geheimnis ist gelüftet.
    Wir fragten uns die ganze Zeit schon: " DÜRFEN DIE ITALIENER NICHT MEHR HUPEN?"
    Doch sie dürfen! Hier in Neapel tun sie das!😅
    Schimpfen wie die Rohrspatzen auch!
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  • Day4

    Pompeji

    October 5, 2016 in Italy

    Der Circumvesuviana fährt eher nach süditalienischer Zeit, so daß wir tatsächlich erst um 5 vor 9 vorm Haupteingang stehen. Glück gehabt, dass die Ausgrabungsstätte nicht wie auf der Homepage angekündigt schon um halb neun aufmacht, sondern erst um 9 Uhr. Somit haben wir das Glück ganz vorne zu stehen und als einer der ersten des Tages die antike Stadt zu betreten.

    Und so haben wir tatsächlich ein paar äußerst kostbare Minuten das Forum fast für uns alleine...
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  • Day4

    Am Forum

    October 5, 2016 in Italy

    Am Forum gibt es auch die offenen Lagerräume mit Fundstücken. Hier sind auch einige der berühmten Gipsausgüsse der Einwohner Pompejis zu finden. Ein verstörender Gedanke, wie die Einwohner Pompejis mitten in der Bewegung erstarrt sind, wie schon die Bewohner Herculaneums, durch einen pyroklastischen Strom ums Leben kamen.Read more

  • Day16

    Pompeii

    July 25, 2016 in Italy

    We met up with an American family from Washington DC when we discovered we had to switch trains to get to Pompeii Scavi. We joined an English tour led by our knowledgeable and lovely guide, Paola. Pompeii was instantaneously preserved under 10m of burning ash when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79ad. It was a most fascinating tour.Read more

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