Rome and Naples
Trip Start Nov 22, 2013
17Trip End Dec 24, 2013
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Suffice to say the rest of the day had the shine taken off it, especially since Pompeii was the one thing Oliver wanted to do in Italy. We climbed Mt Vesuvius and peered into the crater rim, had an overpriced lunch (terrible pasta at the tourist trap in the Pompeii strip) and toured the ruins, then caught the train back to Naples. Our hotel is best described as "quaint" - a quad share in the main piazza near the train station, aptly named Hotel Ideal (Hotel Perfect is just around the corner!) - but it has good free wi-fi, more than I can say for the 4 star in Rome.
Rome, however, was excellent, great sightseeing at all the popular sights... St Peters Basilica, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon etc. Food was disappointing at our hotel - meat and spinach for every evening meal, so the pizza and gelati shop down the road got lots of customers.
The concerts in Rome went surprisingly well, despite the impression of Italian chaos - big crowd at the Pantheon and they sounded great and have been invited back to Sicily in 2 years with a possibility of singing in The Vatican!
Back to Rome tomorrow, then flying out to Warsaw on DC's birthday.