A runner with an appetite for adventure!

Italy: Sorrento and Pompeii September 26, 2008

Filed under: Italy,Travel — Kelocity @ 8:34 pm
Tags: , , , ,

This was part of our Simply Italy contiki tour that we did in 2008. It was a two week tour around the best parts of Italy. The tour started in Rome, and we were schedule to arrive there two days ahead of the tour so we could sightsee a little on our own first. Our flight went from LAX to London and from there to Rome. But once we got to England, we were told there was an outage and the airport would be closed all day. Of course then, we missed our flight, but British Airways hooked us up by paying for our hotel, meals and some spending money. So we spent two days in London first.

Anyways, by the time we got to Rome, we were exhausted, and we actually overslept the next morning and almost missed our bus the next day! Needless to say, we were extremely happy to finally be on the tour and ready to go.
Italy_Sept08KC 082

From Rome, we headed directly south to Pompeii.
Italy_Sept08KC 099

This is a place you hear about in history books (and in my case, in my six years of Latin class!) It’s in such great shape, you can definitely picture a village here.
Italy_Sept08KC 095

Mount Vesuvius in the background was stunning. Can you imagine seeing it erupt, moments before the ash covered your whole town?
Italy_Sept08KC 089

We had a fantastic tour by a local Italian. He was very good at explaining the history and making it come alive. Our favorite was when he told our Contiki group to “Take your time, just do it quickly!”
Italy_Sept08IL 118

We walked the streets of Pompeii and tried to imagine living there. There is still paint on the walls!
Italy_Sept08KC 107

You can definitely still see the ancient roads, complete with stepping stones to cross when they used to flood!
Italy_Sept08IL 146

Pompeii was incredible. If we flew all the way to Italy and only saw this one location, I would have been content.
Italy_Sept08KC 112

I could have spent days wandering around and looking at all the artifacts.
Italy_Sept08KC 103

Outside of the ancient ruins, is a total tourist trap of souvenirs, pizza shops and orange stands.
Italy_Sept08IL 202

Sorrento was charming though, it was Irving’s favorite city in Italy.
Italy_Sept08IL 249

Italy_Sept08IL 251

We stayed at a really cute hotel in town, with such a gorgeous tile floor.
Italy_Sept08IL 256 Italy_Sept08KC 122

When we had free time, we wandered around breathing in the Italian coastal life.
Italy_Sept08KC 128

Italy_Sept08IL 283

La Cita Bella!


%d bloggers like this: