Monday, June 28, 2010

Part 3 of 9: Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii & Naples

On Tuesday June 1st, we ported in Naples, Italy.  When we got there, we immediately got on a boat and went to Capri.  Capri is absolutely breathtaking. Capri is a tourist destination for both Italians and foreigners. In the 1950s, Capri became a popular destination. Once we got to Capri, we took the funicular up to the top. And at the top the views looked like this:
Words really can't explain how beautiful this island was.  You could also tell how ritzy it was.  Tons of very high end stores and amazing boutique hotels.  
While in Capri, we decided to have some early morning Gelato- why not right?
And before lunch, it was time to board another ferry to go to Sorrento.  When we got to Sorrento, we walked around before making our way to Mayflower for lunch.
Now I wish I could say I took pictures of our three course lunch meal with wine, but after the first course, I forgot.  However, I will say the first course was the best!  
It was like a cannoli filled with Spinach! Yum! The second course was veal and the third was tirmusu!
Next up, we took a bus to Pompeii, Italy.  Do you guys know about Pompeii? I didn't know too much before going on an extensive tour. Here's what you need to know (according to Wikipedia) :
Pompeii is a ruined and partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, its sister city, Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in 79 AD. The eruption buried Pompeii under 5 to 6 meters of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1,600 years before its accidental rediscovery around 1592. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2,500,000 visitors every year.
We spent a good 2-3 hours exploring this amazing city before boarding the bus back to Naples.  Once we got to Naples, we rushed to Sophie's (a popular pizza joint) before catching the boat.  Naples is known for creating the Margarita Pizza so we knew we had to try it.

Unfortunately, it was kind of disappointing.  I've definitely had better food.  But June 1st was an amazing day and we saw sooooo much in such a short period of time!

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