Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Naples and Pompeii

Our ship docked in Naples this morning, and after breakfast, we boarded a small bus to Pompeii. In the background of the photo is Mount Vesuvius which erupted in A.D. 79. The city of 20,000 people was buried under 30 feet of hot volcanic ash. Excavation of Pompeii began in 1748, and it continues to this day.

There were many relics taken from the excavation stored in viewing cubbies. This is a plaster cast of a Pompeiian in his last moments. The people of Pompeii were quickly suffocated by an avalanche of gas and ash before their bodies were encased in volcanic debris.

Our tour took us behind the scenes into an archeological research center where artifacts found in the excavation were kept. This is a 2,000 year old loaf of bread preserved in volcanic ash. They found a bakery in which many loaves of bread were on the shelves and some were still in the oven.

Pompeii's basilica was a palace of justice. Today's basilicas are modeled after its design.

Since Naples is the birthplace of pizza, we thought it was fitting to end our trip eating a big one at a sidewalk café in the city. Tomorrow we head back home. Ciao!

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