We stop at a restaurant to have our included lunch. It was pasta, a salad and roast pork. Since I don’t eat beef or pork, they were nice enough to prepare a fish for me. We shared a table with this nice couple from Spain. The husband was so hungry, they gave him a second serving and because I couldn’t eat all of my fish, he even ate that. I think his wife was embarrassed. But who cares, I’m glad the food didn’t go to waste and the guy was pretty cool!
Anyway we hop back on the bus and travel about 10 minutes to the entrance of the old
Pompeii City. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even notice that it was right there. We are herded like cattle into a nearby coral shop for a demonstration on how they make their jewelry. Very nice but too pricey.
The group was split up into two: one Spanish and the other in English. Our guide was a nice silver haired Italian gentleman. He was so knowledgeable, informative and engaging. He put his own spin and personality into his presentations. I’ll never forget how he described how certain things in Italy are national treasures.
He asked the group if we knew who Sophia Lauren was. And when we answered yes, he told us that she too is considered to be a “National treasure” of Italy. You had to be there to really appreciate the humor and timing of that joke. I considered him to be the best guide we’ve had on this entire trip.
He takes us through the streets of Pompeii, explaining in great historical detail about the old city and about their lives, as they existed back then. It’s quite sad how the people of Pompeii survived a massive earthquake, only to be victims of that fatal eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. I look over at the sleeping mountain and begin to wonder what went through their minds as the eruption occurred.
Then we come to this enclosed gated area where they keep the recovered artifacts. Including those famous human figures frozen in time. I remembered seeing these images on a show about Pompeii on the Travel Channel. It’s sort of creepy. But what an impact to see this in person.
I am so glad that we made the trip to Pompeii. I can’t imagine our trip being complete without having had this experience. It was so worth the time and the money. We leave Pompeii and board our bus. We don’t arrive in Rome until around 9:00 p.m. It was our last night in Rome, so we stop by our favorite Gellateria to buy one more Gelato. I have the cherry flavor. We slowly ate our Gelato, savoring each bite so the memory will last us until we are able to return.
We finally head back to our hotel after a long day and finish some last minute packing. We set our alarms to 4:00 a.m.