Sunday, July 23, 2006

viva italia part II : napoli. (naples)

day 6 - 7 : naples

day 6, we headed southward by train from rome to naples, where there are no road rules whatsoever. cars aren't used to stopping for pedestrians here, so you just have to hurry across the road when a chance appears.

we visited the naples archeological museum, which was apparently the most important archeological museum in europe. if you're interested in objects unearthed from the ground, this museum has a very extensive collection, including many artefacts from pompeii and two mummies in the egyptian rooms. here, we caught the caretaker of the egyptian mummies catching some shut-eye.

there was even an ancient erotic art exhibition...

ruins fatigue had not gone away yet, and we were unprepared for what was to befall us in pompeii.

the pizza was invented in naples! we went to an excellent and inexpensive restaurant we read about in lonely planet, to try authentic napolean pizza. 7.50 euros, and it did not fail us!

naples by night... a beautiful castle.

hallo! we went to pompeii... on a terribly, terribly hot day. i did not bring shorts, so here i am with rolled-up pants. it was so hot that the sun was burning our skin, and we were hopping from shade to shade.

(from Wikipedia) Pompeii is a ruined Roman city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania. It was destroyed during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The volcano buried the city under many feet of ash and it was lost for 1,600 years before its accidental rediscovery. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Today, it is one of Italy's leading tourist attractions and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

naples was essentially, many ruins. it would have been much more interesting if we were not trying to get out of the sun most of the time. summer is a bad time to visit!

these doggies were taking their afternoon siesta!

with our hostel-mate, michael, who goes to upenn and who really loves the HBO tv series "rome."

TK with the trusty audio guide.

it was so hot that we sought any shade we could. here, i am squatting under the cover of some trees.

i eventually decided to come out because bugs were after me.

after a tiring day of walking at pompeii, we did some relaxing window shopping in downtown naples.

the poet dante, author of the famous epic poem, the divine comedy. next, we travelled northward past rome to the town of assisi in the region of umbria.


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