Saturday, October 2, 2010

Holiday instalment #11-Naples and Pompeii

We were up bright and early on our second to last day in Rome as we were heading south... doing a tour to Naples and Pompeii.  Our bus set off in early morning traffic heading towards Naples first. 
Along the way we saw Monte Cassino - and the replaced monastery in the distance.  This was special for Peter as his father was there in WWII - and involved in the Battle of Monte Cassino.  We also cross the Appian Way.... this was the original Roman road that led from Rome to Brindisi in the south east of Italy.  Parts of this are still visible and used today.

Once we got to Naples we meet with a local guide who took us on a quick walking tour of the city... we saw the Castle Nuovo, the Piazza del Plebiscito ( Square of the people) and the Opera House (Real Teatro di San Carlo) where famous singers like Caruso, Maria Callas and Pavarotti sang.  Quite spectacular.... as well as the harbour



Next we headed to Pompeii where before having lunch we visited a Cameo factory to watch a demonstration on the hand carving of the sea shells that goes into the making of a true Cameo.  Of course I had to have one.... very expensive as they are all hand carved, but I decided that I would wear it for my daughter's wedding, so got one that can to either a brooch or a pendant.  It is simply gorgeous.

Then it was off to explore the ruins.  Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried by ash during an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD...Excavation started in the 1700's and is still going on today. 





Some of the mosaics are incredible... as you can see above... that one looks 3D but is just a single layer of tiny little bits of colour.  On the temple photo you can see Vesuvius in the background.  It was quite stunning how clever the people were - the roads had stepping stones in the middle so you could cross without getting wet feet, but the chariots could still travel down them - the wheels passing each side of the stone. They also had running water - through copper piping...


All in all the day was fabulous.... we finally arrived back in Rome around 8.30 that night and ended up visiting the Trevi Fountain and finding a little restaurant to eat at about 10.00 at night.   The owner of the restaurant had a bit of a party going on with some friends and there was lots of singing and laughing - made for a fun end to a fun day.

And so the holiday was nearly at an end.... just one more day to spend in the city and then the long trip home.... more next post....
thanks for visiting

5 comments:

Virginia L. said...

AWESOME photos, Dawn! I had seen some of the photos from David's trip...so glad that you had a great time in Naples and Pompeii! TFS! Happy WMCD!!

Deirdre said...

Dawn, another stunning post. Happy WMCD to you.

Heather Maria said...

Happy World Card Making Day, Dawn! Another wonderful holiday post! I'd really love to visit Pompeii some day, it looks amazing!

Barb said...

Love this post, Dawn! Wow! Can't believe you bought a cameo! How exciting! The photos today are so interesting! I'm a bit sad that it's all coming to an end!

Suzanne C said...

Wonderful pictures. YOu need to share a picture of your cameo, it sounds beautiful.