My Italian Vacation, Day 2: Naples and Pompeii

November 19, 2010

Jet lag is a B**ch! Being 6 hours ahead of your normal time can really throw a person off. We had to get up at 7am the following morning to meet our guide for our Naples and Pompeii trip. We were picked up at our hotel and then headed out to Naples. On the way, we stopped at a rest stop and got breakfast. There I had an excellent cup of tea and a doughnut.

Once we arrived in Naples, we rode our bus throughout the city  and saw many wonderful sights.After the bus tour, we stopped for lunch at a town right outside of Pompeii and had pasta with meat sauce and veal and vegetables. My only regret is that I did not get to try the pizza in Naples. That pizza is famous and in Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about a pizza place on Via (means “street” in Italian) Michelle that was heavenly. Next trip, I suppose….

We then left for Pompeii and began our three-hour walking tours. I was amazed by how well the city was preserved through all these years. But at the same time, I felt so sad for the people who lost their lives when the volcano erupted. We were able to see plaster casts of people who died trying to protect themselves and their babies from the gas spewing from the Volcano.

There is a bit of sadness mixed with all of the history in Pompeii. It is worth going down to see Pompeii. There is nothing like it. On the way back, we asked our driver to drop us off at a restaurant that he recommended in Rome. We ended up having one of our best dinners at this restaurant called L’osteria di cicerone. Yummy! I had a pasta dish with shrimp and zucchini and followed it with chocolate cake that was sitting on a mango and chocolate puree.

This meal was a great end to a very informative day.

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