Day 4: Monday 20 Jan (My birthday outing)
|The Ruins of Pompeii City|
We had mostly covered what we had planned for Rome, so we were searching for another place to visit nearby Rome. Many friends suggested Venice, but to me, that was just too far. HH was very surprised to find out that Pompeii was so near to Rome, and was excited to visit. She told us about the stories of the volcano and how people died there. It sounded interesting. To get there, we had to go to Naples first, and then take another train to Pompeii. Naples rang a bell in my head. I had often watched movies about Naples, being a beach town, with many resorts and palm trees. On hindsight, I think I mixed it up with Naples, Florida and not Naples (Napoli), Italy.
So Pompeii + Napoli it was!
Pompeii, from what I gathered, was an ancient Roman resort town for the rich. Researchers believe it was founded between 600-700 BC, and captured by the Romans in 70BC. Disaster stuck when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, and buried the population of 20,000 people under 4-6metres of ash. Over 1500 years later, it was discovered once, and rediscovered again in 1748. The objects beneath the ash have been well preserved due to the lack of air and moisture. Rumors say that the rich people had already fled when the volcano erupted, leaving behind the poorer workers who died there. The most ghastly part of this story is that the bodies disintegrated, leaving behind a cavity under the ash. During the excavation, they filled up the gap with plaster, in order to re-create the bodies lying underneath. So you can even see the expressions on their faces when they died. Ghastly!
We took the train from Termini for 1 hour 10 mins to Napoli, and then transferred to a local line train to Pompeii Scavi station (40 minutes ride). The excavation site was directly outside the train station and once again, we were awe struck by its size and the details they uncovered here. I saw 2 wild dogs walking around, they looked quite cute. But HH (with her bottomless pit of knowledge) said that these are wild dogs and very unfriendly.. one once bit a pet dog, and the pet dog contracted some rabies disease. Have a look at the photos from Pompeii. I haven't gone to see the movie Pompeii, but maybe they may look familiar to you.
|This is the Forum area - the city centre|
|This is where they kept all the artifacts they excavated|
|This is the market place, specifically for butchers|
|Sorry, I did not dare to go near enough to see the face. Horrifying thought|
|They used part of the ruins to turn it into a restaurant on the left|
|This is part of the bath house|
|And that is the bath area at the back|
After leaving Pompeii, we took the train back to Napoli, and decided to wander around the city. Only after having returned to Rome, did we find out more about Napoli. It is Italy's third largest city, but supposedly have the highest crime rate in all of Italy. It was an eye opener for me, to see the poorer side of Italy and where organized crime still takes place. Have a look at the scenery I took from the train, and you'll know what I mean.
|This is what a train stop looks like|
|Typical housing along the way|
|This was the street where we ducked into a pizza place|
Thankfully, we got to taste some fantastic Napoli Pizza! That hole-in-the-wall place turned out to be rather large, with an underground restaurant. Unfortunately, not many photos of Napoli, as our dear photographer was too afraid to bring her camera out in this neighbourhood, plus the rain didn't help. She got scared, when she suddenly saw several cars having steering locks where steel encompasses the entire steering wheel. She knew something wasn't right if cars were so afraid of being stolen.
|Underground, there was a huge dining area|
|The base was so thin and soft, I can't imagine how it held the tomato + cheese. Bellissimo!!|
|The base got so soft, that everything mushed together. Tasted like Pan Mee after that|
|Never order hot chocolate in Italy. It is so thick like eating Chocolate Gravy. Yucks|
Train to Napoli = €69 x 3pax
Train to Pompeii Scavi = €2.90 x 3pax
Toilet at Pompeii Scavi = €0.50 x 3pax
Entrance to Pompeii city = €11.00 x 3pax
Pizza Lunch = €17.50
Hot Choc, Coffee & Strudel = €4.10
Magnets from Napoli = €1.00 x 3pcs
Fanta Lemon = €1.60
Dinner at Termini = €10.90 for 2pax
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