Italy

User: Angela.Lewis
Dates: 17 Oct 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
Duration: 1 month

Saturday 18 Nov 2017 9:21

Day 28 Siena

Walked into the main square Piazza Del Campo. Julia who was on the tour with me recommended an app that you can do your own walking tour with, so I gave it a go (was a bit cringeworthy in places but overall really good) I went into the Palazzo Publico (Literally the public palace) and climbed up the bell tower for an awesome view of the city. Then went into the museum in the Palace. Was full of medieval type stuff and of course a heap of art.

Followed the app through the town over to the Siena Cathedral. This one is super impressive its similar to the one in Florence only not quite as big and I think more impressively decorated. Florence and Siena were big enemy's for hundreds of years and fought wars, etc so were always trying to out do each other. I got to do a tour up through the roof of the church. We went through a secret door near the entrance and up a really tight spiral staircase until we were up in the roof. There were walkways outside and inside and they had little museum bits set up along the way. Then went through the church's museum which is mostly original bits they have removed from inside the church, the museum ends with an area where you can climb up to the outside of the church again for a different view of the city. Around the back of the Cathedral I went into the Baptistery and crypts which were pretty interesting.

Across the square is a big museum. The building was a hospital for hundreds of years. It was the weirdest museum I've ever been in, heaps of winding underground tunnels with the occasional display and no signs or directions. I saw hardly any other people and a lot of the tunnels just lead to dead ends too. At one point I ended up underground in the middle of a mass burial grave site. Weird.

Went out for dinner as its easier to find a restaurant than a supermarket here. Decided to be brave and try the roast rabbit, was good.

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017, 8:21 a.m.

Friday 17 Nov 2017 9:54

Day 27 Rome to Siena

Today was just a travel day and a bit of a rest day.

I booked the bus to Siena instead of the Train which saved me $60!! And took 3 hrs to get there the same as the train! Unfortunately I went to the wrong bus station (my first travel cock up) and had to quickly get a taxi to the right one. Made just in time.

The bus trip was good. We went past heaps of little towns right up on the top of hills and surrounded by walls.

I made it to Siena and walked to the hotel. From the train station I had to take 10 escalators to get to the hill top where the town is!! Thank god I didn't try to take the stairs!

From what I've seen of the town so far it looks awesome, very very medieval and in really good condition. Tourist season has pretty much finished for the smaller towns now so there are hardly any people around, the flip side is that a lot of things are now closed for the winter.

Found the accomodation ok (even though all the instructions were in Italian) my room has a painted ceiling which is incredible. Am going to be so bored with the ceilings when I get home.

Just chilled for the evening and caught up on some sleep.

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017, 8:54 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 15:15

Rome - Castle of St Angelo

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 15:02

Rome - Castle of St Angelo - Crest in the marble floor

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 15:01

Rome - Castle of St Angelo - Old Popes bedroom

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 14:57

Rome - Castle of St Angelo - The very top of the castle

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 14:56

Rome - Castle of St Angelo - View of the Tiber River

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 14:38

Rome - Castle of St Angelo - The Armoury

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 14:34

Rome - Castle of St Angelo - View of the Tiber River

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 14:34

Rome - Castle of St Angelo

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 14:27

Rome - Castle of St Angelo - This is were a drawbridge used to be

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 14:21

Rome - Castle of St Angelo - Catapult!

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 1:21 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 14:17

Rome - Castle of St Angelo

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 14:16

Rome - Castle of St Angelo

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 14:15

Rome - Castle of St Angelo

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 1:15 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 13:58

Rome - Vatican City - St Peters Square

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 13:56

Rome - Vatican City - St Peters Square - For Angles and Demons fans its the West wind!

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 13:54

Rome - Vatican City - St Peters Square - Me

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 12:54 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 13:54

Rome - Vatican City - St Peters Square - The seating and stage is set up here for every Wednesday when the Pope comes out to talk to the people.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 12:54 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 13:47

Rome - Vatican City - St Peters Basilica - The Swiss guards, they are a specially trained force who protect the Pope. Because the Vatican is its own country they have their own laws, police, prison, etc.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 13:46

Rome - Vatican City - St Peters Basilica

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 12:46 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 13:18

Rome - Vatican City - St Peters Basilica - One of the altars, the columns here are 25metes high

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 13:18

Rome - Vatican City - St Peters Basilica - Only the Pope is allowed to walk up this strip in the middle of the church

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 12:18 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 13:11

Rome - Vatican - St Peters Cupola (Dome)

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 12:37

Rome - Vatican - View of St Peters square from top of the dome

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 12:35

Rome - Vatican - Me! At top of dome

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 12:34

Rome - Vatican - View of Rome from the top of the dome

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 12:33

Rome - Vatican - View of Vatican City from the top of the dome

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 12:32

Rome - Vatican - View of Rome from the top of the Dome

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 12:21

Rome - Vatican - Climbing the Dome - View into St Peters Basilica

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 11:21 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 12:19

Rome - Vatican - Climbing the Dome - got to see the mosaics in the ceiling up really close.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 11:19 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 11:38

Rome - Vatican - This is where the Pope lives

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 10:38 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 11:10

Rome - Vatican - This is Michaelangelos 'The Pieta'. He carved it from one piece of marble when he was only 25 years old. Its really famous as being one of his earliest works. Its behind bulletproof glass now because apparently some nutter jumped the railing in 1970 and took to it with a hammer and caused a huge amount of damage. They had to take pieces of marble out of the back of it to repair the front.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 10:10 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 10:19

Rome - Vatican - Famous painting by Rafael 'The School of Athens' The characters are Pythagoras, Aristotle, Socrates, Alexander the Great, Etc. The guy up the front leaning on a stone block is Michaelangelo. Him and Rafael hated each other but after Rafael snuck into the Sistine Chapel while it was still being painted to sneak a look at the art he was so impressed with Michaelangelos skill that he added him into this painting as 'one of the greats'. This made Michaelangelo hate him even more.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 9:19 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 10:18

Rome - Vatican - Is that a painting of Sylvester Stallone?!

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 10:00

Rome - Vatican - More incredible ceilings

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 9:55

Rome - Vatican - Hall of Maps, there are detailed maps of all areas of Italy painted onto the walls in here, they used to be used by the pope, etc. They are hundreds of years old but are still 60% accurate today. They contain invaluable information about towns, etc. that no longer exist.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 8:55 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 9:44

Rome - Vatican - Hall of Maps

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Thursday 16 Nov 2017 9:43

Rome - Vatican - This looks like a sculpture but is actually a painting on the ceiling.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 8:43 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 9:41

Rome - Vatican - This is a Tapestry (believe it or not) they are huge and about 500 years old. This one is incredible clever its made in a way that no matter where you stand it looks like Jesus and the stone he is standing on is facing you.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 8:24

Rome - Vatican City is completely walled

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 7:24 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 8:24

Rome - Entrance to Vatican City

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 7:24 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 6:28

Day 27 Rome

Started early and walked to the Vatican. Vatican City is actually its own country, the smallest country in the world and one of the richest for its size. Its basically the headquarters of the Catholic Church and is where the Pope lives.

I joined a tour group and first went into the Vatican museums. There's some seriously impressive stuff in there including a two thousand year old bronze statue (it survived because it was hit by lightning which was supposed to bring bad luck so it was buried and forgotten) heaps of huge old tapestries, hundreds of sculptures, paintings, etc. The museum is set up in the old Popes apartments so heaps of the walls and ceilings are exquisitely decorated.

The museum finished in the Sistine Chapel, it wasn't as big as I thought it would be but WOW the art was incredible. The tour guide told us the story of how Michaelangelo never wanted to do the paintings but was basically made to by the pope. It took him 4 years to do the ceiling and when he started he had no idea how to paint a fresco (as he was a sculptor) so you can see the style change as he gets closer to completing it. If you look carefully you can see that he actually painted someone mooning the altar to stick it to the pope. Painting above his head for so long basically destroyed his body. He did such a good job that the next pope made him come back and paint the wall behind the altar, here he painted the Last Judgement. You aren't allowed to take photos inside the Sistine Chapel because it is an active place of worship, there were at least 20 guards in a fairly small area checking. Its actually really lucky that they allow people into any active churches at all, the tour guide was saying that there's no way you would be allowed into a mosque, etc. unless you were actively part of that religion. 25,000 people go through the Vatican every day!

Next we went into St Peters Basilica. WOW this is the biggest, best, most impressive church in the world. Its in a league of its own. The way that its lavishly decorated actually gives the impression that its smaller than it is. The alter in the middle has columns that are 25 meters high but it really doesn't look it until you stand next to it. The entire ceiling is mosaics and all the floor is marble. Every part of it is completely invaluable.

The tour ended and I spent another couple of hours looking in the basilica, going into the crypt (where all the dead popes are) and climbing up the dome (similar to the one in Florence). There is a law in Rome that no building is allowed to be higher than the dome; so the view of Rome from the top is great.

I left the Vatican by walking through St Peters square. I followed the river along and went into a huge castle called Castle of St Angelo. Spent and hour or so wandering around in here, its a proper medieval castle that even has a secret tunnel into the Vatican so the pope could escape and hide in the fortress when under attack. So all the normal castle stuff in here, weapons, dungeons, walls, more walls, etc.

Headed home with some pizza for an early night.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 5:28 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 20:33

Rome - Couldn't believe I ran into Steve and Julia

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 15:19

Rome - Roman Forum - Palatine Hill

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 15:04

Rome - Roman Forum - Palatine Hill

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 14:57

Rome - Roman Forum - This used to be the floor of a fancy dining room in a villa on top of Palatine Hill

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 14:39

Rome - Roman Forum - The door on this temple is one of 3 remaining oldest doors in Rome. Its nearly 2000 years old I think.

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 14:13

Rome - Roman Forum

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 14:10

Rome - Colosseum - Arch of Constantine

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 13:54

Rome - Colosseum

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 13:34

Rome - Colosseum - This is what it looked like in the late 1800's before they excavated it

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 13:26

Rome - Colosseum - the arena

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 13:25

Rome - Colosseum - This is the trap door that they rebuilt, it let animals jump up into the arena

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 13:24

Rome - Colosseum

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 13:12

Rome - Colosseum - Section of seating that has been pieced back together

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 12:12 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 13:06

Rome - Colosseum - This is a copy of the device they think they used to lift the animals and release them into the arena. There's a whole documentary on how the figured it out on youtube. Very interesting.

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 13:05

Rome - Colosseum - Under the arena floor

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 13:04

Rome - Colosseum - Original flooring

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 13:04

Rome - Colosseum

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 12:27

Rome - Colosseum - Me!

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 12:25

Rome - Colosseum

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 12:25

Rome - Colosseum

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 12:24

Rome - Colosseum

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:55

Rome - Colosseum

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:49

Rome - Colosseum - Me circumnavigating the Colosseum

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:40

Rome - Colosseum - Here you can see where two of the outer rings have fallen down in earth quakes

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:39

Rome - Colosseum

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:26

Rome

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:25

Rome

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:24

Rome - Trajans Coloumn its carved all the way up with really detailed scenes.

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:24

Rome - Trajans Column

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Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:09

Rome - Palazzo Venezia

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 9:09 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 8:25

Day 26 Rome

Went to the Colosseum today! Left the apartment and grabbed breakfast from the conveniently located bakery next door. Its a half hour walk to the Colosseum, I randomly bumped into Julia (on of the ladies from the Amalfi tour) on my way (what are the chances! There are seriously thousands of people around) I arrived at the Colosseum way too early so walked right around the outside, it really is an amazing building. The number of people trying to sell you stuff at the entrance is incredible and some of them are really pushy.

I joined the tour group and we eventually got into the Colosseum (it took half an hour to get everyone together, cross the road, get through security, then have a toilet break) First we went out into the arena, they have rebuilt a section of the floor so you can stand out in the arena like the gladiators would have done.

A few Colosseum facts: - Was built around 79AD and only took 8 years to build which is incredibly fast considering the size and detail - Was built over the top of Emperor Neros palace which was demolished and the lake drained to show him disrespect. (He was a crap emperor and the new emperor wanted to make the point that he was different) - Originally was exquisitely decorated with frescos and huge bronze statues. Over time everything of value has been looted including the marble and a lot of the stone work - Quite a lot of the Colosseum was destroyed in earth quakes - They recently renovated and cleaned the outside of the Colosseum, before the walls were a dark grey now they are nearly white. The rock that is used absorbs the pollution and changes colour. - The floor of the arena is actually a wooden platform that is about 6 meters above the ground level. Under the arena floor are the areas where gladiators would get ready, criminals would be held, wild animals were kept in the cages, etc. This area was all filled in with dirt until they excavated it starting in the 1800's - They could originally flood the arena using a system of drains and aqueducts and used to have mock sea battles on boats (only not really mock because hundreds of people would actually drown) - They had mass executions there, crucifixion being common at the time also death by wild beast where they would just release an unarmed criminal into the arena with a wild animal - They used to reenact stories from Greek mythology except actually kill people during the play (they were condemned criminals forced to dress as a character) - The gladiators were the favourite. They were slaves/criminals/prisoners of war who were trained for years. They were very valuable because of their extensive training so they eventually stopped fighting to the death. The gladiators had the best medical care avaliable at the time. - They would set up a scene (e.g fill the arena with rocks and trees, etc) and release a bunch of wild animals in there so that hunters could try to catch them - There was a system of lifts which hoisted an animals cage up and released it out of a trap door in the arena floor. They had rebuilt one and had it fitted in the Colosseum. The animals would then fight with the gladiators (or just eat some criminals) - The Colosseum could seat 70,000 people. The Romans invented the same system for filling and emptying a theatre that we use today. Each entrance has a number, then there are different areas (for rich and poor) and then row, seat, etc. Right at the top was a wooden boxed area for the slaves to watch. All shows were free to the public to watch. - There used to be a massive awening system to cover the seating area. It was rigged and operated by sailors.

Because I was part of a tour we got to go onto the arena floor and under it to see all the areas where the animals were kept and the gladiators got ready to fight. Then we went up to the middle level where the plebeians (normal not rich folk) would sit. The seating is all gone now except for one small area that has been pieced back together.

We left the Colosseum and headed into the Roman Forum, this is the ancient city where Rome started. A lot of it was buried in medieval ages but has since been excavated. The ruins were amazing and huge. There is a lot still standing but as with the Colosseum most of the decorations have gone. The arches at either end of the city still have writing and carvings depicting how Rome got so rich in the first place (winning wars and looting and taking slaves from other nations). There is still the altar where Julia's Ceasers body was burned after he was assassinated. The tour guide had artists reconstructions of how the city would have looked from the exact view point where we were standing, very interesting, its quite hard to imagine.

We went up Palatine Hill and had a great view of Circus Maximus a big area where they used to have horse and chariot races (like Ben-Hur) This was apparently just as popular if not more than the gladiator fights. All of the structure is gone now but the area is kept clear.

After the tour I headed home because it was starting to get really cold. Found a really interesting National Geographic documentary on the Colosseum on Youtube, it explained some of the stuff I saw today even better. Went out later (with thermals on) to meet Julia and Steve for dinner.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 7:25 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 18:08

Rome - The tour guide said that the Margarita Pizza comes from the 1800's when the queen of Italy visited Naples; the people of Naples were very poor and worried about hosting the royal family so they got the best pizza maker in town to make a pizza - he chose tomato sauce (red) mozerella cheese (white) and basil (green) to represent the new Italian flag. The queen (Margarita) loved the pizza so much that she gave them permission to name it after her.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 5:08 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 17:20

Rome - Piazza Navona - There are fountains everywhere here

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 17:19

Rome - Piazza Navona

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 17:14

Rome - Saint Louis of the French Church

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 17:12

Rome - Saint Louis of the French Church - This painting is by Caravaggio an artist famous for painting human emotions well.

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 17:10

Rome - Saint Louis of the French Church

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 17:10

Rome - Saint Louis of the French Church

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 17:04

Rome - every now an then you see some random pillars in weird spots. They are all 2000 years old and left over from temples which have since been destroyed or fallen apart. This apartment building has been build around them.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 16:42

Rome - Pantheon - Altar

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 16:42

Rome - Pantheon - Guards guarding the old royal family tomb

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 16:39

Rome - Pantheon - Because the ancient Roman Empire spread so far the materials used for building in Rome are from all over the world. The red marble on the floor came from Syria.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 3:39 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 16:38

Rome - The Pantheon - Built in 100AD as a temple it is now a church. The pillars outside were dragged into place and erected by a team of 25 elephants apparently!? They weigh 60 tonnes each and came from Egypt.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 3:38 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 16:26

Rome - This guy!??

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 16:26

Rome - You can see here the difference between street level two thousand years ago and now. Its just been changed by adding layers of paving on top of the old.

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 16:25

Rome - Roman Temple remains

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 16:02

Rome - Trevi Fountain - The tour guide said that this was a quiet day at the fountain!

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 15:54

Rome - Trevi Fountain - Me!

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 15:53

Rome - Trevi Fountain - Is the end point of a big aqueduct that existed hundreds of years ago. It was built basically as a show of power. The sculptures are excellent.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 2:53 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 15:22

Rome - Spanish Steps. They are called this because the areas in this photo used to belong to other countries (they were gifted to them by the Pope) The land with the brown building on it belonged to the English (The building is the oldest tea room in Italy); The church up the top belonged to France and the steps were put in on Spanish land.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 2:22 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 14:46

Rome - Spanish Steps - They're famous mainly for their architecture

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 14:45

Rome - This is the fattest Chihuahua I've ever seen!

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 14:31

Rome

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 12:49

Rome

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 12:46

Rome

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 12:44

Rome - Apparently this used to be an area where they did chariot races

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 12:32

Rome - Is the arch wonky or just the photo!

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 12:31

Rome - Collosseum

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 12:30

Rome - First look at the Colosseum!

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 12:13

Rome

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 11:17

Rome

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Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 8:04

Day 25 Rome

Had a bit of an orientation day today. Spent the morning booking tours for the next few days. Booked a 3 day ticket on the hop on hop off bus around Rome and spent the morning on the top deck of the bus doing the full round trip of the old city area. There is commentary along the way so was a nice ride except for the cold and rain! We went past heaps of landmarks including the Colosseum!

Have discovered a bakery right next to my accomodation so went home for lunch and to defrost a little.

In the afternoon I walked (because I accidentally left my bus ticket in the apartment) to the Spanish Steps which was the starting point for a walking tour. The tour was two hours and covered Romes historic centre. We went to the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain (my favourite), Spanish Steps and French churchThe guide was really good and gave us a constant running commentary and history as we went along. We even stopped for a hot chocolate in one of the cafes.

Grabbed a pizza on the way home and spent the evening sorting out where I'm going to go next!

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 7:04 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 19:58

Rome - Dinner

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 19:33

Rome

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 18:47

Rome - Trevi Fountain - Amanda and I

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 18:46

Rome - Trevi Fountain

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 18:10

Rome - Spanish steps

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 17:49

Rome

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 17:38

Rome - The Pantheon

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 17:36

Rome - The Pantheon Ceiling, the hole is just open to the sky, there's drains in the floor for when it rains, weird.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 17:35

Rome - The Pantheon

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 15:24

Rome - Air BnB

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 15:22

Rome - Air BnB

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 15:22

Rome - Air BnB

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 14:33

Rome

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:45

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso - Hole where they used to lower the bodies down for draining

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:45

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:42

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso - Entrance to the catacomb in the middle of a church

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:36

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso - This fresco is famous as its the only one that did not get damaged by the humidity in the crypt. Legend says the artist claimed that it would never fade because of the powers of the saint depicted.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 10:36 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:20

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso - This is an entire skeleton set into the wall, each bone is from a different person.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:19

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso - Fresco with Skull, this guy was a judge

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:18

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso - Fresco with skull, the skulls were those of the actual people depicted and were set into the walls, the faces had fallen off all of them over time.

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:17

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso - Tomb

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:16

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso - Fresco with skull, this lady was a princess

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:12

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso - Fresco with skull, this guy was a knight

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:11

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso - The tour guide said that it was good luck to sit in the draining arch. Gross but I figured that as it hadn't been used for 500 years it was probably ok.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 10:11 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:10

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso - These were used for draining the bodies of fluids. The bodies were sat up in the arch way and pierced to let the fluids out. The archways are very narrow because people were generally a lot smaller in that era.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 10:10 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:02

Naples - Catacomb San Gaudioso

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 10:38

Naples - Catacomb San Gennaro

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 10:37

Naples - Catacomb San Gennaro

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 10:31

Naples - Catacomb San Gennaro

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 10:24

Naples - Catacomb San Gennaro - This is the tomb of a bishop/saint

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 10:20

Naples - Catacomb San Gennaro - Poor people tombs

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 10:20

Naples - Catacomb San Gennaro -Middle class tombs

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 10:19

Naples - Catacomb San Gennaro

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 10:17

Naples - Catacomb San Gennaro - Rich people tombs

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 10:16

Naples - Catacomb San Gennaro

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Monday 13 Nov 2017 8:22

Day 24 Naples to Rome

Started early, had breakfast at the hotel then headed out to visit the catacombs. It was absolutely chucking it down with rain so I was pretty wet by the time I got there.

The catacombs are underground areas where Christians buried their dead hundreds of years ago.

First I visited San Gennaro Catacombs, these are the biggest of the two catacombs open to the public in Naples. I got lucky as their were only two of us on the tour. The catacombs were huge and they think that over 15,000 bodies were originally buried there. This catacomb was used from 200 AD until the 1600's. It was made of big open rooms and long hall ways. There were three different types of tombs, For the rich - ones that had their own rooms which a whole family's would be buried in. The rooms were covered in frescos. For the middle class - tombs cut into the walls that are just big enough for a casket to fit into then are sealed with a marble or terracotta slab. For the poor - tombs in the floor, the bodies were wrapped and many bodies were laid in the same tomb (like a lasagna as the tour guide described) There were also churches and chapels inside the catacomb. There were some fairly important saints and bishops buried there including one who's body has constantly been moved throughout the ages, even a few times up to Mt Vesuvius as the locals (even now) believe that the saint will stop it from erupting.

It was only a short walk to the second catacomb San Gaudioso (and included in the price of the ticket!) I'm glad I did both because this one was completely different. This one was entered through a narrow staircase right in the middle of a spectacular church. It was more narrow winding hallways and low ceilings. This one was interesting because it had the areas where the bodies were prepared. There was a room for draining the fluids from bodies. The smell must have been horrendous when the catacombs were in use. There's a small hole in the ceiling for dropping the bodies down into the catacombs. One of the halls are lined with frescos of the dead where they have used their actual skulls as part of the paintings. There are a lot of tiny tombs cut into the walls as infant mortality rates were very high in medieval times.

I collected my bag from the hotel and got on the subway to catch the train to Rome. Was on a super fast train so it only took an hour, these trains get up to 250kph!

Booked and Air BnB in Rome and walked there from the train station. It is nice and central to all the tourist things and is a really cool apartment.

In the evening I met up with Amanda (one of the girls from the Amalfi tour) and we had a wander around Rome then went for dinner.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 7:22 a.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:49

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:34

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:33

Herculaneum - This used to be the beach and marina

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:24

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:23

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:23

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:19

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:18

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:17

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:15

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:11

Herculaneum - You can see the petrified wood here

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:09

Herculaneum - This is the area that they are up to with the excavations. You can see some petrified wood inside the volcanic rock. Herculaneum had 20m of this rock on top of it before excavations. They estimate that they have only excavated 25% of it today.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 3:09 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:08

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:07

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:59

Herculaneum - A Villa

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:45

Herculaneum - A bar

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:44

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:37

Herculaneum - House of the deer courtyard statues

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 2:37 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:37

Herculaneum - One of the villas (rich peoples houses) This one is called the house of the deer because of the statues that were found in the courtyard

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:16

Herculaneum - They think that they had quite a bit of warning for evacuation because some of the bones found were from children, pregnant women and the elderly; all of whom would have been difficult to evacuate quickly.

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:13

Herculaneum - I don't think these are the original skeletons, but they were bloody good replicas.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:13

Herculaneum - They found over 300 people hiding in these arches at the marina. They must have been trying to escape by boat.

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:11

Herculaneum - This used to be a beach open to the sea, its now several kilometres inland!

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:05

Herculaneum - Boat

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:04

Herculaneum - Petrified rope from the marina

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:03

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:00

Herculaneum - Petrified fishing long line

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 2 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 14:57

Herculaneum - Me!

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 14:36

Herculaneum

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 14:35

Herculaneum - Enterance

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 13:37

Mt Vesuvius - Dogs in inappropriate places: on a volcano

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 13:05

Mt Vesuvius - Crater - View of Naples

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 13:05

Mt Vesuvius - Crater - End of the trail complete with tacky souvenir shop

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 13:03

Mt Vesuvius - Crater

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 13:01

Mt Vesuvius - Crater

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:59

Mt Vesuvius - Crater

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:56

Mt Vesuvius - Me at the crater

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:53

Mt Vesuvius - Crater - Gas coming out of the rocks

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:51

Mt Vesuvius - View of Naples

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:49

Mt Vesuvius - Crater

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:49

Mt Vesuvius - Crater - Gas coming out of the rocks

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:43

Mt Vesuvius - Crater

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:42

Mt Vesuvius - Crater

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:42

Mt Vesuvius - Path up to the crater

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:32

Mt Vesuvius - Rocks changing as we get higher up the mountain

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:03

Mt Vesuvius - Rocks changing as we get higher up the mountain

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 11:56

Ercoland - View of Mt Vesuvius

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 11:42

Ercoland - Train Station

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Sunday 12 Nov 2017 8:42

Naples - Not quite as nice view from my room window this morning

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 7:42 a.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 8:05

Day 23 Mt Vesuvius and Herculaneum

Had a bit of a late start (had intended to do Herculaneum tomorrow until I looked at tomorrows weather forecast) was a bit of a marathon to get there, had to figure out the subway to the train station, then train to Ercoland.

There was a bus at the train station that goes up Mount Vesuvius so jumped on it and headed up the volcano! As we got higher up the rocks started to change and in places I even saw some that looked just like petrified flowing lava. We got off the bus about 200 meters vertically from the summit, It was about a half hour steep walk up to the crater which was super cool, the bottom of the crater is filled in with dirt but you can see gasses coming out of it (looks like smoke or steam). They have monitoring stations all over the crater. The ground is all rubble-ly volcanic rock, very dark red/brown/black in colour. You can see different layers of rock inside the crater. The path went about a third of the way around the very top edge of the crater (with tacky souvenir shops scattered along it too) Can't quite get my head around the size of it and the amount of force, gasses, ash and lava that must have come out to destroy the surrounding villages (which are miles away) and blow off a third of the mountain too!

The bus took us back to the train station and it was only a 10 min walk straight down the road to Herculaneum. This is another town that was wiped out by the volcano eruption in 79AD, its not quite as famous as Pompeii and is much smaller. What makes Herculaneum different that its closer to the volcano than Pompeii so things were preserved better (it was buried under 20m of ash whereas Pompeii was only under 4m), so you can see a lot of wooden bits and the houses are more intact. Also they didn't start really excavating it until later in the 1900's with most of the work being done since the 1980's; so less damage has been done by the archeologists with their more refined techniques. I think the most interesting bit is that 75% of Herculaneum is still buried and being excavated even today. I wonder what else they will find down there!

Managed to find my way back to the hotel and get a pizza on the way. A successful and awesome day over all!

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 7:05 a.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 21:12

Naples -Chendi, Robin (at the back) and Steve

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 20:49

Naples - Dinner Beef and Mushrooms

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 7:49 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 20:41

Naples - Dogs in inappropriate places - restaurant (he licked the waiter)

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 17:33

Naples - Archeological Museum

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 17:26

Naples - Archeological Museum - This is the creepiest statue I have seen so far

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 17:20

Naples - Archeological Museum

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 17:11

Naples - Archeological Museum - Model of Pompeii, there are still buries areas that they are excavating even today

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 17:05

Naples - Archeological Museum

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 17:03

Naples - Archeological Museum - Pompeii art

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 17:02

Naples - Archeological Museum - I'm not sure what was wrong with those Pompeii-eans

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 17:00

Naples - Archeological Museum - Pompeii art

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 17:00

Naples - Archeological Museum - Pompeii art, imagine trying to eat a meal off this plate!

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 4 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 16:59

Naples - Archeological Museum - Pompeii art, this is actually a mosaic but the tiles are so tiny that it looks like a painting. It was huge, took up and entire wall.

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 3:59 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 16:57

Naples - Archeological Museum - Pompeii Mosaic

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 16:43

Naples - Archeological Museum - Egyptian Mummy

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 16:43

Naples - Archeological Museum - Egyptian Mummy of a 25 year old woman

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 16:22

Naples - Archeological Museum

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 15:27

Naples - Nuovo Castle

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 15:22

Naples - Nuovo Castle

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 14:56

Naples - It really is very close to Mt Vesuvius

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 14:54

Naples

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 14:48

Naples

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 13:57

Naples - Lunch Bolgnase Pizza

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 13:22

Naples

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 13:05

Naples

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 10:53

Agriturismo

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 10:52

Agriturismo - there's 130 stairs to get in and out of the place

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 10:51

Agriturismo

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 10:51

Agriturismo

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 10:50

Agriturismo

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 10:50

Agriturismo

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 10:37

Agriturismo - Time to leave

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Saturday 11 Nov 2017 8:03

Agriturismo - View from my bed

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 7:03 a.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 7:03

Day 22 Naples

Took a few last photos of the Agriturismo then said goodbye to everyone as we split up into different vans to head to Naples and various other places. I decided to spend a couple of days in Naples to see some of the museums and do a day trip to Herculaneum. Two of the other girls are staying in the hotel tonight then fly out tomorrow.

The drive out of Amalfi took over an hour but was beautiful before we got into the complete chaos of Naples traffic. The driver was kind enough to drop us at the hotel door. Once we had checked into the hotel the three of us went for lunch. We went to a restaurant that one of the other girls had mentioned she went to on a food tour. Had the best pizza so far, was excellent.

After lunch we wandered down to the water front and along to a huge medieval castle. We didn't go in but headed back up the Main Street and onto the archeological museum. The museum has a lot of the stuff that was removed from Pompeii when it was excavated. Pompeii must have been a really colourful town, the art and mosaics are amazing. Also looks like they were a bit obsessed with penises with a whole room dedicated to knob and sex art.

Had a rest for a couple of hours then headed out for a very light dinner. I had beef strips with mushrooms, was simple but super tasty. Happened to bump into one of the other guys from the tour who we didn't know had come to Naples.

After a bit of a look around Naples today although it is a bit dirty and chaotic its not quite as bad as I though when I got off the train before the tour. The train station is in a bit of a dodgy area but the historical town centre area is fine and full of people.

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 6:03 a.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 21:29

Agriturismo - Bream

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 19:36

Agriturismo - Stuffed anchovies

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 19:34

Agriturismo - Cooking demonstration with the owners

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 19:31

Agriturismo - Cooking Demonstration with the property owners

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 12:50

Amalfi - Lunch Buffalo Mozerella baked in Lemon Leaves, I think this is the best thing I have eaten in Italy so far.

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 12:50

Amalfi - Lunch Bruchetta

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 12:20

Amalfi - He got what he was waiting for!

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 12:16

Amalfi - This dude was staring longingly into the butchers

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 11:52

Amalfi - View from up near the cemetery, we walked 20 mins of steep stairs to get there then realised that there was a lift!

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 10:59

Amalfi - Vespas are everywhere

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 10:54

Amalfi

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 10:53

Amalfi - This river used to run right through the middle of the town splitting it in half. Now it runs under the streets

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 10:13

Amalfi

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 10:12

Amalfi

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 9:54

Amalfi

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 9:07

Agriturismo - Turkeys

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Friday 10 Nov 2017 9:03

Day 21 Amalfi

Had a free day to choose whatever we wanted to do. After much much discussion the night before a few of us came to the conclusion that it would be easiest to spend the day in Amalfi. This was good as I didn't really get a lot of time to see the town properly on the first day.

We headed in on the bus and spent the day wandering around checking out the town and shops. A couple of us walked up the hill and found a really good lookout near the town cemetery.

Had a truely excellent lunch, entree was bruschetta with really ripe tasty tomatoes and a buffalo mozzarella baked in lemon leaves (absolutely delicious!!!) Then a carbonara and lemon spritz.

Wandered down to the bus stop and eventually figured out which bus we needed to get on to get back to the accomodation.

Had another cooking demonstration, this one was fresh anchovies stuffed with buffalo mozzarella and crumbed and deep fried in olive oil. I thought I would hate them but they were actually really good, fresh anchovies aren't like the fishy, salty ones you get on pizzas.

Dinner was seafood night: Entree - Stuffed anchovies and a squid and potato dish First Course - Spaghetti with anchovies and olives Second Course - Bream and salad Dessert - Home made lemon gelato

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 8:03 a.m.

Thursday 9 Nov 2017 21:40

Agriturismo - Dessert Sponge cake with Nutella cream

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 8:40 p.m.