A tour away from Rome -Day 3

November 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Day 3 in Italy was also the most enjoyable. We were fetched from our hotel at 7am for a 13 hour tour of Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. It was beautiful. The coastal area was breathtaking. I was in awe for so much of the drive and I even managed to stay awake for a lot of the journey, despite my urge to sleep in a moving car.

We passed by Naples and got a wonderful view of Mount Vesuvius.Our first stop was the ancient city of Pompeii, where we were guided through the ruins of the city. Our tour guide was fabulous. He was full of humour and very proud of his Roman heritage. He always maintained that the Romans were both practical and looked after their communities. They were most definately practical. Walking through what was left of Pompeii, we were able to see how they had two-way lanes, pedastrian crossings, cats-eyes on their roads and alleys, shopping centres, bakeries, swimming pools and saunas. They also had fresh running water. It amazed me to see that despite our level of progress as a human race, the Romans 2000 years ago were not very far from where we are today. In fact, there are certain communities in my home country South Africa who still don’t have access to clean, flowing water and decent sanitation. The funniest part of our tour in Pompeii was when we went into a then brothel. There were paintings depicting the services they offered – hilarious! Here are some of the pictures I took in Pompeii.

Mount Vesuvius - the volcano is still active today

The white stones served as reflectors for carriages travelling at night

 

An oven - looks just like the pizza ovens we still find today

On offer at a brothel *ahem*

A tap with running water

We then went on to drive along the Amalfi coast until we eventually stopped in Positano for lunch and some time at the beach. Positano was so serene and the air so fresh. There are quaint little stores along the coast and narrow pathways. Lunch was delicious; authentic,simple Italian pasta served with garlic, chilli and olive oil. It was the first time I walked on a pebble beach. I managed to collect some colourful gemstones. The water was brrr, freezing, but I couldn’t resist wetting my feet (and jeans). Here are some pictures from the drive to Positano – which involved a long windy roads and picture-perfect views, and the time spent in Positano.

Wow!

I cannot describe how incredible this was

Positano

From Positano we proceeded towards the town of Amalfi. This was our last stop along the coast – and luckily so, because it started to storm just a few minutes after we reached Amalfi.

I love the contrast of the green and blue in this picture

Amalfi in the evening

It stormed all the way home, but our tour guide did not seem perturbed by the weather. He kept driving around the bends at high speed. His passengers on the other hand, were praying softly, as there was hard rock on the one side of the road and a dip leading to the ocean on the other side. Thankfully, we made it! 🙂 I definately recommend a tour to see the ruins of Pompeii and the Amalfi coast for anyone travelling to Italy. You will not be disappointed.

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