Playing Bastille’s Pompeii in Pompeii
September 11th-18th 2017
Having always wanted to go to Italy, I finally got the chance to when me and a few friends organised trip together as quick as possible so no one could back out. We decided to stay in Pompeii after originally thinking of staying in the heart of Napoli, but we realised Pompeii would allow us to explore more of the region. Pompeii famous for its ruins, was a lovely city and would recommend to anyone, the articture being a vocal point. Here is some of the stuff I did.
The shrine of the Virgin Rosary of Pompeii
Exploring the local massive Cathedral
The first site we came across when exploring on the first day was The Shrine of the Virginia Rosary of Pompeii in the main square. Completed in 1901, this Catholic Cathedral plays homage to the Virgin Mary and quite recently Pope Benidict XVI presenting his 6th Golden rose to it in 2006. Inside the Cathedral showed how much Italy is a Catholic country with its rich paintings and golden alters.
Doing tourists stuff
We would travel to Sorrento on the train which was only a hour away from Pompeii. Sorrento is where all the tourists go as we learnt as their was people from all nationalities flocking their. After going through all the markets and churches, we would go in search of a beach. We would find a nice little fish restaurant along the way near a beach in which I tried fresh lobster for the first time. Wasn’t worth the 40 euros I paid for it. We would see a lot of beaches but couldnt find a way down the them unfortunately.
The Second Best Pizza in the World?
We set off to Napoli in a quest to try the so called 2nd best Pizza in the world. Antica Pizzeria da Michele, said to be the oldest Pizzeria in Italy, only serving margerita and maranora and well respected having featured in the Julia Roberts film Eat Pray Love. After a hours wait as it is such a big tourist attraction, we sat down and chowed down on Margerita pizza after we watched be cooked in a giant stone baked oven. I was split between thinking it was a glorified tomato garlic bread and it being the best pizza I ever tasted because of the stone baked taste to it. It is definitely better than Dominoes and Pizza Hut but that’s as far as I got.
The same day we would go to a escape room that was lots of fun even if we were terrible. One of us thinking we had to unlock a pen when it was just a stiff top and the other trying to hack the main frame thinking it would help is escape but had nothing to do with anything.
Jamming with the Escape Room man… And the delving into the catacombs
We became good friends with the man who hosted the Escape Room and ended up jamming with him to start the day, along with seeing the oldest recording studio in Italy. His band supporting some big acts when they had come to Naples. He’d also given us advice on service charge what was needed. Later we’d travel to the catacombs, The Catacombs of San Gaudiso in Naples but they were quite underwhelming, our Italian friend suggesting we go to the Fontanelle Cemetery instead which had 100 of skulls.
My friend nearly dying as we were trusted with our own boat
We would return to Serrento but then go to an island called Capri from there. Capri is a luxurious island with high priced goods all over, as they obviously get all their good imported making it an really expensive island. After taking in the views, we thought it would be a good idea to hire a boat and travel around the island. We would speed around the island at 30mph taking in the scenery, going into caverns and relaxing taking in the sun. In various places you were allowed to dive in and enjoy the sea supposedly, my friend would dive in and explore a cavern. More boats would come causing us to have leave him and fetch him from the other side. The current going through the cavern was something an elite swimmer would struggle to swim through so he was basically left stranded. We would have to race to the other side of the cavern, to make sure he made it. He had as he was pressed against a rock struggling for air. We would get the boat as close as we could to him, hoping not to damage the boat as the prices were ridiculous to repair them. We would hall him on the boat and everything would be okay.
Starting from the bottom and ended up on the top of Mount Versuvis
On the last day as we had a flight in the middle of the night, we walked all the way up to the infamous Mount Versuvis. Mount Versuvis being the only active volcano in the world, as showed on the way up as it had recently sprayed out lava as the trees and rocks had been leveled. Taking 5 hours to walk up while everyone was getting buses up or biking. Mount Vesuvius being famous for causing the Pompeii ruins which charred the people in the places they stood in Ad 79. The Pompeii Ruins is a big attraction in Pompeii, showing the destruction of Mount Versuvis. Finally making it to the top was amazing as the view was surreal, as the volcano is 4,203 ft high and you could see inside the volcano also. We also saw a music video being filmed on the way up what was quite cool.
Overall a great holiday although I didn’t get to go to the Napoli stadium which would have been good as the Naples and the surrounding cities are mad about the Napoli team.