Today I had an extremely long but exciting day, visiting the city of Naples and the nearby site of Pompeii. Pompeii is an ancient city dating back to more than 2,000 years old. The city was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the ensuing 3 meters of ash. As a result of the almost instantaneous burial, the city is very well preserved to this day, giving us a very good insight as to what life was like in ancient times. To me, the city seemed as if it was frozen in time. We even saw real people that were preserved by the ash, frozen in the moment that it overtook them. The site of the ruins allowed for many picturesque views of Mount Vesuvius, Leonardo thoroughly enjoyed the views and walking around Pompeii!
The second part of my day was filled with walking around Naples. This Italian city is located on the Mediterranean Sea, so again there were many beautiful viewpoints! The city itself seemed a little less affluent than either Rome or Florence, and although I never felt endangered, I was happy to have travelled with a group of 4 other students. We walked all around the city, seeing the Duomo and walking along the Sea. Since pizza originated in Naples, the decision of what to eat for dinner was pretty easy! It definitely lived up to the hype. Of the three cities I have visited in Italy, my overall impression is that Rome is the most historically fascinating, Florence is the most comfortable/livable, and Naples is the most beautiful. I love all three cities for different reasons!
Finally, another fun fact about Italy is that there is no ice….anywhere! Ice is never served in drinks and we don’t even have an ice maker in our freezer. I must say, I miss being able to have a glass of nice ice water! Make sure to check out my Facebook album, as I took a lot of pictures today and didn’t want to overload my blog entry :).
Arrivederci for now!