A weekend vacation
Trip Start May 02, 2011
14Trip End May 30, 2011
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The views of the Mediterranean from the bus were beautiful. We were all eager to check into our hotel, which turned out to be very nice. Ali and I had a room with a balcony with a great view of the outdoor deck area, the sea and Mt. Vesuvius. We spent the day walking around the small town, which was very quaint and cute although very touristy.
On Friday we all got up early and boarded the boat to head to Capri. Once we got to the island, we checked out all of the grottos during a guided boat tour
Saturday was our free day and we chose to spend it at the beach. After stocking up on food from the hotel breakfast (hey, we are college students), we headed down to the marina to get some sun. We all had a good time and it was a very relaxing day, complete with a dinner of fettucine al pesto that night, with some nutella gelato for dessert. Liz and Sarah rescued a kitten that they found on the street-there are always stray animals just laying around- by giving it to a random Italian who said he would bring it home to his mother.
On Sunday we once again had to get up at the crack of dawn to drive to Pompeii. It was amazing to tour the ruins of the ancient city, something that I remember learning about in elementary school. It is amazing that a lot of the artwork still remains in good condition. We were able to see a couple of the bodies that were discovered in the ash after the eruption, including those of both people and animals
We then made the drive up to Vesuvius. After driving partway of the mountain, we had to walk about a mile uphill to the top. Although I have become used to walking uphill in Italy, this was difficult because the path was gravelly and it was hard to maintain proper footing. It was worth it though when we got to the top and could see a beautiful view of Naples and Sorrento. We also got to glance into the massive crater that last erupted in 1944. I can now say that I have stood on top of one of the most famous active volcanoes in the world.
Although we had a good weekend in Sorrento, we were all missing Florence very much and were so eager to get back to our home away from home. It was absolutely freezing when we got back, but we were so happy that we actually recognized things and knew where we were going. We headed straight to The Diner to get some American food after eating tons of pizza and pasta for the past two weeks. My cheeseburger and french fries (and a soda!!) were delicious and just what we needed for our two-week mark.