Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Pompeii was once buried by a volcanic eruption, but much of it has since been painstakingly uncovered and now sits as a giant classroom for everyone to learn about the city and what life was like nearly 2,000 years ago in Italy. They were pretty smart, they would throw their garbage in the streets then nightly flush water through them to wash it away, so they created raised crosswalks so people could cross without getting wet. To get their carts past the crosswalks they made sure to leave spaces between the stones just wide enough to fit the wheels through too. They also had brothels, with directional signage on the streets (they didn't need to be as secret as Ephesus I guess).

After Pompeii we had lunch and wine, followed by limoncello and a drive along the picturesque Amalfi Coast. Although it started to rain, it was still a great drive and compliments to our driver who navigated the entire stretch that should really be one lane, but in typical Italian fashion is intended for two-way traffic. Once we made it to the city of Amalfi we quickly explored the city (and got soaked). It really was a cool city and great drive, so I hope to be back when the sun decides to shine.

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