Naples and Pompeii was one of the more low key stops on our trip! Our boat docked in Naples early morning, and the first thing we wanted to do was get to Pompeii. We knew it was going to be an EXTREMELY hot day and Pompeii, not on the water, would be hot, dusty, and only become more populated as the day went on!
So off the boat and into Pompeii we went!
I had printed off directions from the port to the train station, that would get us to Pompeii. We wanted to do this on our own because our honeymoon was all about ADVENTURE :) I did not realize that when we disembarked we would need to walk 2 miles to the train station through a city that was quite dirty and not awake. Part of the walk was slightly eery but we were safe, no worry at all! We had read recommendations about taking a taxi, but all were negative so why not walk exercise was good for us!
When we got to the train station we knew we needed to purchase tickets somewhere and take the train to Pompeii. We were essentially taking the “commuter train” of Naples but how, where, and purchasing tickets was the most challenging thus far on our trip! Again the “Great Race” was coming in to play and we felt like we were against time and other teams! After much discussion, with people that just pointed and pretended they didn’t speak english, we figured out how to buy tickets! Of course in a cigar shop is the ideal place! We purchased an “Unico Napoli or Campania” for €2.80 that lasted for 140 minutes! This would get us there! Again we had to Validate it (wish i had a photo of these machines for you), and now to find the right platform! We were heading in the direction of Sorrento on the Napoli-Sorrento line! Oh this was quite confusing! Who new their commuter trains looked like metro trains and their metro trains looked like commuter trains. Again with some asking and questions we were off to Pompeii!
Once arriving in Pompeii we donned our Rick Steves’ look, and off we went into the ruins of Pompeii! Oh I should mention there is no need to purchase tickets ahead of time, just get them at the gate when you arrive! We did not need to purchase an audio guide, but if you choose not to use Rick Steves’ get the onsite audio guide because otherwise I think you will be overwhelmed and lost!
Here is the link to Rick Steves’ Pompeii
Here is a link to Pompeii in general!
Now on to pictures and some explanation of Pompeii!
Just to preface all the images, Pompeii was amazing, and everything seemed to be frozen in time! So as you look at the photos just imagine people wandering the streets back before Mt. Vesuvius erupted!
above: parts of the Basilica still standing
below: our attempt at a selfie to get Pompeii in the background!
above: Those three stones in the middle our the sidewalk crossings! Over time you can imagine the streets would become quite disgusting with trash, dirt, etc. so they would flood the streets to wash it all away! Those stones were the way to cross when the streets were flooded with water! They were also spaced perfectly so the carts could still travel down the street.
below: Part of the Basilica’s alter still standing! It is amazing what the volcano left behind!
above: More of the church you can see the column bases still standing.
below: Part of a fresco still on the wall, and not washed away.
above: Just a look down a city street!
below: A fast food restaurant in the city center.
above: left: a column that has exposed brick. The marble on the outside acted as wallpaper and extra support, and it obviously worked if it is still standing after the volcano erupted. right: a tiny statue, not sure story but how cute :)
below: The city bakery!
Lastly: The city Aqueduct.
After taking in all of Pompeii it seemed, and did I say it was HOT so we were glad we were able to see it in the quiet of the morning. We walked back to the train station and returned to Naples for our afternoon! Arriving back in Naples we thought we would try our hand at the metro taking it to the center of what looked to be the Historic district finding a good place to eat then wandering back by foot to the boat! This worked for us, we needed a relaxing afternoon! We wandered the streets of Naples knowing downhill was the water, so we really could not get lost! Doing this gave us the ability to stumble upon some fancy cars, see a bride and groom photo session, eat some delicious pizza and calzones, and bask in the afternoon sun along the water. I do not have any tips for Naples, there is not an agenda of things to see, and it is a nice quiet afternoon after a busy couple days along the coast of Italy!
Here is our glimpse of Naples!
above: Our cute little cafe we picked! Those seats were uncomfortable, but the cafe was DELICIOUS!
above: Dan’s choice of eats! A salami and cheese Calzone!
below: My choice of eats! A mozzarella, basil, and tomato pizza! Of course we shared a bottle of WINE as well :)
The naples coastline was so dramatic, and everything was tagged with graffiti!
below: our little boat peaking over the building!
above: As we wandered back to the boat we found this gorgeous piece of architecture. We decided that it was an open air mall and office building now, but the way it was built we think it was once a Basilica.
below: home sweet home!
and lastly we added this sweet duck to our animal zoo we were forming!
Pompeii was amazing, Naples was relaxing we were now back on the boat heading around the tip of the Italian boot and off to the Grecian Island Mykonos! Till then!