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April 3, 2019

 

Pompeii and Sorento

 

We drove from Rome to visit Pompeii, Amalfi coast, Sorrento, and had lunch at a lemon farm. The tour of Pompeii was very good. We walked on uneven ground and through ruins for 2 hours. Of course it rained on us near the end of the tour making walking slippery and hazardous. Fortunately we had no accidents.

We were unable to drive to Amalfi Coast due to rain. Very disappointing. We ate lunch at a lemon farm in Sorrento.   We would say the lunch was good but not spectacular like Farm lunch in Tuscany. We did manage to buy some limoncello:-) Walked around Sorrento in the rain and bought sweets for ourselves and our most awesome dogsitter, Jerry.

The entire tour from Rome was 12 and 1/2 hours and roughly 8 of those were in the car. Would not do this again.

 

History: Pompei

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near modern Naples in the Campania region of Italy, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area (e.g. at Boscoreale, Stabiae), was buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Volcanic ash typically buried inhabitants who did not escape the lethal effects of the earthquake and eruption.
 

Largely preserved under the ash, the excavated city offers a unique snapshot of Roman life, frozen at the moment it was buried and providing an extraordinarily detailed insight into the everyday life of its inhabitants. Organic remains, including wooden objects and human bodies, were entombed in the ash and decayed away, making natural molds; and excavators used these to make plaster casts, unique and often gruesome figures from the last minutes of the catastrophe. The numerous graffiti carved on the walls and inside rooms provides a wealth of examples of the largely lost Vulgar Latin spoken colloquially, contrasting with the formal language of the classical writers.

Excavations recommenced in several unexplored areas of the city, and in 2018 new discoveries were reported.
 

Mount Vesuvius in the distance

The Pompeii Forum

Lou and our tour guide

Statuary

Stones were spaced so that chariot wheels could drive through.

We stopped at an overlook on the way to Sorrento

Sorrento!

 

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