We left Rome this morning to travel to Sorrento, a town on the Almafi cost of Italy. We originally thought we’d stay in Naples but we heard from some other travellers that Naples is worth skipping. It only took us one hour to travel from Rome to Naples on the rapid train. Once in Naples, we had to switch to a different train system to get to Sorrento. Even though Sorrento is quite close to Naples, the trip took longer than expected because the train was more like a metro/subway with multiple stops along the line. The Sorrento area appears to be very popular with American tourists; English speakers seemed to outnumber other languages on the train.
Sorrento is a charming town surrounded by lemon groves. It’s a bit busier than we expected, with the regular hustle and bustle of a small city. I was quite impressed with our hotel in Sorrento. It’s a bright, newly renovated room in an old building in the historic centre. After checking in, we took the train back the way we came to visit Pompeii.
Pompeii has been on my to-do list for quite sometime. While its story is tragic, it has been a marvel to archaeology and history enthusiasts. It has been a time capsule, preserved as it was a thousand years ago. It and its inhabitants were buried in ash and pyroclastic flows produced by the eruption of the nearby Vesuvius volcano in the year 79 AD.
The roads still bare the markings of chariots and the floors of the homes are decorated with mosaics and colourful frescoes. As the ash was removed, eerie casts were produced of Pompeii’s people and their pets! Unfortunately for Pompeii visitors, a large number of frescoes and all but two casts have been moved to the Naples museum.
The site is fairly large and finding the remaining frescoes proved to be a bit of a challenge, especially without a map. Amelie and I spent approximately three hours at the site. After feeling satisfied with our exploration, we returned to Sorrento.