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
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!