Hotel San Pietro
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... Naples province has a population of about 3m. Our impression of Naples is that it has an old and unfresh appearance like Cattania. Mt Vesuvius although only 1280 metres high is obvious and looks close with the urban area extending to its base. It's peak was covered in cloud all day. Vesuvius is of course famous for creating the Pompeii archaeological site. The volcano is rated as dangerous, active but currently in a quiet phase. It last erupted in 1944. The crater can ...
... practically forced me to have a sfogleatelle, a typical pastry of Naples! Mm mmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm!! I wandered down to castell nouvo, and to the coast and walked down to the castle of the egg! On the way of course, I stopped off and had a kind of thick pizza slice with cheese, ham, tomatoes and a layer of pastry on top! I can't remember the name already...
I reached a little beach area so decided to cool down a little with a bit of a wade, but the water was very warm and ...
... gave us the quick tour of Pompeii, explaining that most of the inhabitants were killed on the third day of the Mt. Vesuvius eruption by the poisonous gases not lava flow. The sea was much closer to Pompeii then. Most escaped in boats but many came back on day 3 to see if there was anything to salvage. Overcome by lethal gas, they died on the spot, fell into the ash already covering the city and their bodies were buried with more ash. Pompeii never had a ...
... it was largely intact. The preservation of the history here is just divine.
We could really appreciate the architecture of Herculaneum. The double storey houses with the staircases were amazing. The use of balconies too was quite intriguing.
We had plenty of time to just explore Herculaneum for its beauty. As it was smaller, it was much easier to not get lost and
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... bodies of those fleeing the horror were preserved for all time.
We were moved by the following quote from Pliny the Younger who survived the eruption and subsequent burial of his city:
You could hear women moaning, children howling, and men shouting; they were crying out, some seeking parents, others children, and others wives, or recognizing them by the sound of their voices. Some were lamenting their own misfortune; others ...