Today we went to Pompeii and into the center of Naples. Trent seemed a bit more chipper this morning when we got up after a good night’s sleep. We got ready to go and took the train to the ruins of Pompeii!
I was really excited to see Pompeii because I was under the impression that there would be bodies in all of the houses and it would be much like a city that was frozen in time at the moment of the eruption. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The ruins were awesome, but, for the most part, they were just ruins. There were only two places in the whole site that had plaster casts of the bodies!
The plaster casts were made from the hollows left behind by the bodies in the ash. The ones that we got to see were really cool. What happened in Pompeii was terrible, but it was amazing how everything was so well preserved by the ash.
Pompeii was buried under almost 18 feet of ash from the eruption. From any point on the site you can look up and see Mount Vesuvius looming over the city.
The whole city was pretty awesome. Before we left for Pompeii we had gotten some fresh fruit and salami for lunch. We found a nice picnic area and feasted on some of the sweetest fruit I’ve ever had. We ended up spending about five hours just wandering around seeing the remains of this ancient city. We both commented on how the oldest things in America are only 300 years old if that; and that we tend to tear down buildings before they can come become old anyway.
It was late afternoon by the time we left and we decided to head to Naples. Naples really is the dirtiest city I’ve ever been in. There is trash EVERYWHERE.
The streets are filthy and the place is just gross. We went into the big cathedral so Trent could get a taste of what an Italian church looks like. We walked in and he was speechless. He just kept making faces and saying wow. I told him that this was pretty much what every church in Italy looked like and to wait until we got to the Vatican.
There wasn’t much else to do in Naples so we headed back to our hostel to relax a bit before going to bed. A combination of jetlag and packed days are taking their toll on poor Trent. But tomorrow we’re going to the beach so we’ll have a lazy day to relax in the sun.