Take a ferry ride to Isle de...
Take a ferry ride to Isle de Ischia (this is an island adjacent to Capri). A magnificent view leaving Naples of Mt. Vesuvious. Isle de Ischia is well known for its wonderful spas. We stayed at a spa resort Grande Albergio Mezzatore. The wonderfully quaint seaside towns near Il Fungo were great during the day or evening.
Must ride the Amalfi coast line. Stopping in the town of Amalfi for lunch, in the square and people watch. Since I found the coastline very winding and an unfamiliar driver cannot sightsee, I suggest that the passenger videotape the drive so driver will be able to view the spectacular scenery. Another alternative, depending on your itinerary and allotted timeif you have an extra half day, switch drivers and the passenger one way will be the driver going back.
I watched the Napoli-Verona match and although the stadium was only two-thirds full, due to the rain and cold, it buzzed with excitement from fevered fans. The best part of the match wasn't the goals (there were none); it was seeing and hearing the boisterous Napolitan fans belting out their traditional Napolitan songs paying just before the match, and swearing dramatically and gesticulating theatrically with every miss and bad move.
Later that night, snuggled in bed watching Italian news, I saw footage from after the match, showing people getting violent right outside the stadium. I'd missed all the action! My partner explained we'd left from a safe exit.
The best Pizzaria in Naples
Established in 1738, Antica Pizzeria is often considered the best Pizzeria in Naples.
The menu includes a huge selection of pizzas as well as typical Neapolitan dishes. The Linguine alla Luciana and Linguine alla Santa Lucia are superb.
Museo Archeologico - Part 2 - Sculptures
This museum houses a large number of famous sculptures, in a large hall across the courtyard of the museum building. Just when I thought I was done there at the museum, I discovered the section kind of by chance. If you happened to be there, and do not have the museum map, you could have thought that there was nothing beyond that cafe in the courtyard.
The famous sculptures displayed here are : Colossal statue of Hercules, Toro Farnese. A few are really huge works. There is also the scupture of the goddess of fertility. I can't tell if there were copies in this room. Interestingly some of them are from Rome's sites, like Baths of Caracalla. It's good to visit here if you're planning to visit them in Rome later.
Pompei night tours and Ercolano
In Pompeii it’s possible to live interesting nocturnal tour which show, with the support of multimedial images, the history of two thousand years ago.
Suggestion on Forum is a show which starts from the Porta Marina and it progressively reveals, through a mix of lights and sounds, all the different environments of the town. A voice accompanies the show, and narrates events and curiosities of the life in Pompeii in 79 p.C.
Pompeii by night, instead, is a moonlight free-walk in the excavations, thanks to a fixed lighting system. With more than 500 lights set in the ancient town. It’s a beautiful plunge in the life of Roman Empire.
When Vesuvius erupted on 24 August 79 A.D., it engulfed the two flourishing Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as the many rich villas in the areas. Since the mid 18th century these have been progressively uncovered and made accessible to the public.
The vast expanse of the commercial town of Pompeii contrasts with the restricted but better preserved remains of the holiday resort of Herculaneum; however both towns give a great impression of the opulent life-style of the citizens of the early Roman Empire.
Herculaneum is one of the best examples of the life in the Roman Empire, even if it contains Greek influences: in fact its name, Herculaneum, was dedicated to Hercules. It was uncovered since 1738, and the excavations are still today uncompleted. In Herculaneum we can admire a lot of buildings: Deers’ House, the House with a mosaic atrium, Neptune’s House, Bicentenary’s House (which shows tracks of the Cross, and it is an important evidence of the Christian worship), and so on. There is also a theatre and some thermal baths.
More extended than Herculaneum, Pompei was an important commercial centre and a strategic point of relation between Rome and the Empire.
Opening hours Pompeii by night: 15th May-11th Oct (20.30-23.30)
Herculaneum: Nov-Mar/Apr-Oct (8.30-17.00/19.30).
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