We arrived in Naples on September 10th and stayed until the 12th. We didn't spend much time in the city of Naples it self, since the main purpose of this stop was to visit Pompeii. We spent about 5 or 6 hrs milling about the ruins and listening to a podcast that Christian downloaded from the internet. The commentator liked to mention that whatever we came across in the city displayed some behaviour that is "just like we do today." The following day we visited the Archaeological museum in Naples which has an incredible collection of precious artifacts and art found in Pompeii and Herculaneum. I was particularly interested to see their famous collection of illicit frescoes, but the exhibit was closed because they were under-staffed. At least we got to see the brothel in Pompeii though.
First thing's first... the pizza. Minimalist and amazing. This place was recommended to us by my dad and stepmom. There are only two kinds - meaning that they have absolutely perfected these two varieties.
Right before my little camera ended up in the Pompeii dust.
One of the preserved human forms created by pouring plaster into a cavity in the earth during excavations.
Light pouring into the bath house all Indiana Jones-like.
Street scene with Vesuvius in the background.
Ancient beware-of-dog-sign in mosaic tiles at the entrance to a home.
Amazing colours are still visible inside several dwellings.
Road with grooves for chariots and stepping stones for pedestrians.
Mother and child caught in Pompeii. It was an amazing experience to feel the scale of this place, and it also was a sad and ghostly place to be.
Model of Pompeii at the Archaeological Museum.
There was a great exhibit on ancient Greek and Roman coins. Apparently it wasn't supposed to be open to the public though and there weren't any staff supervising, so we were quickly ushered out (but we saw most of it).
Beautiful hall at the Archaeological Museum.
Ancient Greek intellectual gazing into the eyes of a modern Canadian intellectual.
Random beautiful Italian arcade on the way back to our hostel.