Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Italian Travels Days 4 & 5

Our fourth day in Rome, we decided to take a little day trip down to Naples and then on to Pompeii. The train ride from Rome to Naples was about 4 hours and then a quick 30 minute ride to Pompeii.  We made it to Pompei at about noon and it was a great time to be there.  No line.  No wait. 

Pompei (or Pompeii in the English language) is one of the most incredible places I've ever visited.  It was destroyed and completely buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius spanning two days in the year AD 79.  What is left is simply amazing...

small amphitheater ruins
Pompeii ruins
one of the bath houses - they even had running water
paintings still on the walls
main street of Pompeii
you could still see people who were immersed in lava and made to stone
and we also got a glimpse of the beautiful Italian countryside
Do you see a little something in this pic?  hehehe
After our 8 hour commute to Pompeii and back, we were exhausted.  So, we stopped at a little cafe for dinner and had two of the best pies ever!

After our trip to Pompeii, we figured out that we could make our way around the Italian railway system so we decided to make a trip to Perugia.  You may know the name Perugia from the Amanda Knox trail, but it's also were I did my study abroad. 

Our trip to Perugia also came on my birthday!  It was such a fun and great way to celebrate the big 2-9!

the top of Perugia
my favorite restaurant in the city - too bad it wasn't open for lunch
Fred and I looking down on the city
my former home - yes, this is where I lived while I studied abroad
I remember calling home from these exact pay phones.  Not much has changed.
Fred had to have his picture taken by the police station. 
Before we left, we grabbed some foccacia sandwiches from my favorite little bakery. 
I <3 Perugia!
After another long day of traveling, we headed to AutoGrill for a quick and yummy birthday dinner!  Birthday's don't get much better than those in Perugia and Rome!

Now, on to our last day spent in one of the most wonderful countries!


Jessica said...

It's so creepy to see those people basically turned to stone.
Sounds like you know your way around Perugia!

Mrs. Kee said...

I am so jealous! My husband and I both want to go back to Italy sooo bad! We both studied abroad in Florence/Firenze but at different times. We can't wait to share it together! I recognize the places in so many of your pictures!!! Sounds like such a wonderful trip!

Meredith said...

Looks like a fabulous time.

Casey said...

Loved your photos! We are planning our first trip to Italy in May! We live in Germany, so it shouldn't be too hard to get there. ;) Can I ask what bus tour you guys took? You got to see so much that it looks like something I'd want to look into!

Northshore Prep said...

That pizza is bigger than you are (last picture)!!! hehe You two are simply adorable - love the pictures! :)

Christina {Carolina Charm} said...

wow - what an amazing trip!!!

Melanie said...

These pictures are amazing! I can't imagine even visiting, much less living there! So glad you had a good time!

Hope you are healing well, dear!

Allison said...

That's so awesome that you got to go to the same places you did your study abroad. Your pictures are awesome, it's definitely a country on our "must visit" list.

Carolyn said...

So cool! I want to go to Pompeii so badly! I love that you got to celebrate your birthday in a town you know so well!!

Shari said...

Looks like a great way to spend your birthday..although I was sort of convinced already by the fact that you were in Italy. It definitely doesn't get much better than that. :)

Gabriella said...

What an awesome trip! My parents were both born in Italy. We go back and visit family often. Seeing all your pictures are so fun - makes me want to go! :)

J and A said...

I so need to go there! Perfect place for a birthday! :)

SweetTeaInSicily said...

LOVING reading all about your trip! Looks like you had an amazing time!! I love seeing where other people go so I can visit more places... or looking at other people's pics of the places I've already visited to "relive" my adventures ;) So glad you had another great visit!! And happy belated bday!!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I am loving your trip recap! That's so neat that you got to go back to where you lived when you studied abroad. I would love to do that for England and France.