Back in the car, we watched in horror as buses and cars tried to navigate this narrow, twisty coastal road. One car actually destroyed one of its wheels as it was trying to navigate its way around a bus. This is why you don't drive this yourself---hire a driver.
|I saw this church from the car, and had to have a photo|
|If you haven't guessed, Positano is famous for its Limoncello made with Sorrento lemons|
Max's Restaurant for lunch. I had the scampi with homemade tagliolini and Dr. C. elected to go the rigatoni with ragu and meatballs route. Back in the car with Stefano, and careening back around the curves of the road back to Naples, we got to Pompeii at about 2:30 and didn't leave till 5:30---quite a place, and a story.
So much of what is here was frozen in time, when the volcano exploded, it was discovered in the 1700's and wasn't excavated until the late 1800's. The ash and mud was over 20 meters (think over 20 yards) deep---my question is where do you ever start to unearth all of this? I can't imagine it. As of this day, 1/3 of Pompeii remains untouched. Here at the Academy we've met some archaeologists who are working out here in conjunction with their universities and discovering new things almost everyday. Pompeii is the third most visited site in all of Italy.
|The modern sculptures were designed by a famous Italian artist who never saw them placed in Pompeii.|
|Our guide Loretta|
|Being a soprano, she decided to show us the acoustics of the amphitheater|
|This is the corridor leading out of the amphitheater, the original graffiti is still there carved into the rock|
|This would be where small shops were|
|The original McDonalds, a fast food place where the food was kept warm in terracotta pots|
|Terra Cotta pot|
|This was probably a senator's house|
|The Dining Room|
|A look down the street; the three blocks were to signify that there would not be any chariots allowed on this street|