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22 June 2012

Hot Summer in Pompeii and on Vesuvius

Vesuvius and Pompeii are the most known places in all the world, I think. Millions and millions of tourists walk long the streets of the streets of Pompeii and climb the slopes of Vesuvius. They are both on the photo I took two days ago.

Tourists are never ready to meet them both, Pompeii and Vesuvius.

Pompeii covered with dust, similar to a hot frying pan, large, infinite, enormous frying pan you walk on... Fortunately, there are fountains with water ...only in the central part. It's absolutely necessary to have a bottle with you in the hot days.

There are some stalls on the way and near the crater of Vesuvius. It's possible to buy water there. If you forgot it. 

The best cloth in both cases is yashmak -for men and women. If not -something that will cover your head, shoulders, legs.

And be ready to wait in line for the entrance of every interesting place.  

11 June 2012

We Visited Vesuvius with a Bus

Vesuvius is one of the most visited places in the world. Legendary past and tremendous future (scientist promise that the next eruption will be in the next years and, about a week ago, there were 3 degrees shakes not too far from here, about 50-70 km-s from Gulf of Naples. We, who lives here do not think too much about it now. We remember that Vesuvius is dangerous but... there are natural "enemies" in every place of our planet.

Yesterday, I was with the tourists on Vesuvius. It's possible to visit the crater. This summer the possibilities to reach it are different. First is a car -private or taxi; second are busses that start from Pompei, Ercolano (Herculaneum) and Naples. The cost of the ticket is 10 euros. Next is the ecological Mercedes bus wich cost is 20 euros.

We decided to go with a normal bus from Ercolano. We wanted to visit the excavations of Ercolano after it and it's unpossible to change the bus 'I mean to come from Pompei and to go down in Ercolano.

The road is spectacular specially because all the plants flower in this period.

We were very fortunate because the weather was good and we could see all Sorrentine coast and Capri from one side

and Naples with all the islands on the other part.

The bus waits an hour and a half, so you can see the crater and the panorama from Vesuvius. I just wrote about Vesuvius in this blog, so you can write this word in the blog search tool over here and read other posts, too.

01 June 2012

Rich Roman Villas Near Pompei

The most known place of Campania is surely the excavation of Pompei. It's very interesting but not the only example of the roman settling in this fertile and beautiful region. Imperors and all the rich citizens built their villas here: to relax and to use healing air, water and mud. Here I want to tell you some words about one of these villas.

The photos are from the villas of Castellammare di Stabia.

This first is enormous. You see the biggest garden with an "olympic" pool. All around it were many ambiences -for the owners and guests and for the servants, too.

The view from an other villa can show you why they wanted to build their villas in this place. Imagne that there were not houses in front of the villa. This space was occupied by the sea at the Roman times.

Beautiful frescs and other ornaments are still here on their places even if some of them were destroyed by "archeologists" of the Borbons.

Some examples of the original splendor is possible to see on the walls. The modern restorers wanted to show us how could it be when the owners lived there.

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