Survived a ridiculously cold and rainy trip to Campania. Add sleet and the occasional hail into the mix and you've got a very wet and miserable Hampster. You'd think a trip south would mean sunshine and loveliness... The very last thing you'd think of doing in this weather is walking all day long on archaeological sites. Of course, that's exactly what we did. I really hope I'd have brought my Wellingtons (=Nokian kumpparit). Well, it wasn't all bad of course - the archaeological gems around the bay of Naples really are definitely worth the trip. It was just a bit of a shame we couldn't enjoy the experience as much we could have.
Some random highlights:
Pompeii digs have their own train station :) Didn't make it to the Mystery Villa this time, though. Instead, we had a look at a rather uninspiring "Virtual Museum" in Herculaneum. 3D-reconstructions, holograms and dry ice. Much of it without any mentionable added value. However, I think there's a lot of potential here - just add content and voilá!
This nice little cupid is in situ in what has been identified as the "children's room" in the villa of Marcus Lucretius Fronto:
Some Greek architecture for a change (i.e. Paestum):
This is said to be the best preserved facade of a Roman domus in the world. Not unlike many in modern Rome, right?
Sorrento sunset.On Thursday, we did a field trip to Amalfi. The rain stopped on the way for about an hour, and then picked up again when we stepped out of the bus. The views were great.
Some monestary in Sorrento. The rest of the town is hugely touristy. Nothing like visiting a holiday resort off-season...
Looks like this bearded fella ("Greek poet") has his eye on the veiled lady...
Afterward we walked around a bit in the centro storico:
No pickpockets, or any threatening situations, but Napoli definitely feels rougher than Rome.
Had a very nice lunch at a little place around the corner from the museum (Osteria da Carmela):