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Monday, September 9, 2013

Pompeii and the Drive to Tuscany

On our last morning in Sorrento we packed up our backpacks, said arrividerci to the Hotel Elios and our oceanviews, and hopped on the Circumvesuviana to Pompeii.
Walking around the ancient ruins of Pompeii is pretty incredible, and I couldn't help but feel a little uneasy as I looked up and saw Mt. Vesuvius standing tall in the distance.

It was hot that day, freakishly hot. We bought a frozen water bottle before paying to enter Pompeii, and within an hour the entire bottle had melted and was getting a little warm. Aahh the plight of traveling through Italy in August. =P Okay I may be complaining a teensy bit here, but if you are there in August I really really really recommend buying that frozen water bottle from a vendor outside of Pompeii before you enter. Pompeii is huge, and exploring the city can be exhausting in such intense heat. Oh and, there is one cafeteria inside Pompeii but they don't have frozen water. 

Like I mentioned before, Pompeii is huge and can be really, really confusing to navigate through. Also, random rooms and areas will be closed for renovations which further complicates things. Be patient, grab a map, and hey.. download Rick Steve's free Pompeii audioguide. The audioguide really helped us when we were lost by mentioning random points of interest (oh you know like the brothel) that helped us orient ourselves. 

After leaving Pompeii, we grabbed the Circumvesuviana back to Naples, then took a taxi to the Naples airport. Once at the airport, we picked up our rental car and took the autostrada (the Italian equivalent of a toll road) to Tuscany. We loved that in Italy the left lane is only used for passing. Ahh if only people in the US could jump on that bandwagon it would be sooo much easier to get from place to place. 

The drive from Pompeii to Montepulciano (the hilltop town where we stayed) was beautiful.
We walked into our hotel room, opened the windows and saw this.

Tuscany. You are so very wonderful.


Anonymous said...

Slow drivers in the left hand lane drive me insane. Some days I feel as if I'm the only person who paid attention in driver's ed when that was addressed!

I've always been enamored by Pompeii. So mysterious, so heartbreaking. I'd love to see it someday!


Andrea Mesterhazy said...

Oh, I would love to visit Pompeii. What an amazing experience!

Jessica Polley said...

I had to laugh at your "left lane" comment because in Rome - much different story! No one obeys traffic laws and everyone just goes wherever the heck they want. And parks wherever the heck they want. : )Glad you had fun!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Tuscany is the best! What an amazing view!!!

Maggie Donnelly said...

What gorgeous photos from your trip!!! I'm loving reading all these fun posts. It looks like you both had an incredible time in Europe! Now don't you want to go back?!?! I know I do!!!!


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