Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Naples: Days 2 -4- Sorrento, Pompei, and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale

The past two days we took some day trips outside the city. Sorrento was first- an hour or so boat ride took us to the harbor at the base of the cliffs on which Sorrento sits. Sorrento was beautiful, and had all of Naples' charm, without any of the explosions. The next day we headed to Pompei, a city that was considered ancient when the Romans concured it in the 1st century BC. It was amazing to walk through all the streets. It was really cool to see Vesuvius, although much of it was blown off 2000 years ago. Imagining how tall it would have been makes you realize how much it loomed over the city, and how quickly the city must have been destroyed. After that, we went to the National Archeological Museum. There two of my most favorite sculptures are there: the tired Hercules and the Farnese bull.

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