Europe 14 - Day 31
We awoke the next morning to a lovely clear day. There was a wisp of mist in the valley from last night's rain but this soon cleared. We departed early (7.30am) as we had another long day. From Assisi we headed south and west towards Rome, then turned south to Naples. We arrived at Pompeii at 1pm, had a short break for lunch and then joined our guide around Pompeii. Then we headed for the harbour of Naples and the fast ferry across to Capri.
The Roman town of Pompeii was destroyed and buried by a violent eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. After several centuries of burial the town was rediscovered and is being excavated street by street. It had revealed a fascinating history of Roman life, preserved in an instant. There were still loaves of bread in the ovens, wine, oil and olives in the amphora and bodies preserved in the volcanic ash. We had a quick tour of the town, but our guide was excallent and we saw all of th main highlights. It is the place and that you could, and should, spend a whole day wandering around, there are detailed maps and descriptions to enable you to navigate.
The Isle of Capri
The Isle of Capri lies offshore from Naples in the Mediterranean Sea. It has long been a popular holiday destination and the lower part of the island is full of hotels and very expensive jewellery and clothing shops. We arrived at the Island by fast ferry, then used the funicolare to climb the steep hill to the main piazza, looking back down to the harbour and across the island for the view. We then followed the narrow streets to our hotel.
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