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... walking through city with Giovanni's map as our guide. First stop was a trip to the underground aqueducts. We turned the corner to see line of people forming outside the entrance waiting for the doors to open at 10am. We were split into groups depending on what language you spoke, we got our tickets and headed downstairs. The aqueducts are a series of tunnels, chambers and pools that have a history dating as far back as the city itself. They were hand-carved by the Greeks and ...
... in a serious discussion about each other's bad driving techniques.
Naples also has an inequitable distribution of wealth which you see immediately in the city. However, it is not that Naples is somehow a poor city, in as much as the money is not put back into the City for whatever reason. During a five day stay, we saw 15 cruise ships come into the port district of Naples dropping off thousands of tourists to wander through its ...
... the funicular up to Castel San Elmo which overlooks Napoli and Mt Vesuvio. What an incredible view of Napoli, Mt Vesuvio, The Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri. We had a very late lunch at a restaurant next to the Castel and ate with Napoli, Mt Vesuvio and The Amalfi Coast in the background. We got back to our hotel and relaxed with a wine in the courtyard. We will head out for passeggiata later on, but probably won't eat because we had such ...
... very slow process of excavating 30m of dried mud began.
Today only 1/3 of the ancient town of Herculaneum is fully excavated, and the modern town of Herculaneum still stands over the top of the rest of it.
The ruins have been preserved beautifully.
We can still see clearly ancient mosaics, fountains, roads, signs, buildings, frescoes and even 2000 year old wooden doors!
... reputation depends a lot on who you talk to. For those who think that a Swiss city is what a city should be (nothing against Swiss cities), Naples is pretty dirty, especially if you count the graffiti. But it`s not smelly (well, at least if there is not a garbage strike, which was fortunately the case for us) unless you don`t like the smell of the sea. The graffiti, because there is so much, actually becomes more a part the ...