Today we arrived in Naples at 7:00am after our “sea day” and were up very early for the 10 hour onshore tour of Capri, Sorrento and Pompeii. This was really the 1st time in over 22 days that we faced a bit of rain.
Isle of Capri
Off the ship at 7:30am and onto the hydro-foil for a 1 hour trip to Capri. Then up the funicular to the main part of the island for a walking tour. At the top of the funicular was a piece of amazing street art by the artist Seo Young Deok – a woman made from bicycle chains welded together, absolutely stunning. The scenery is spectacular from the top and the stroll through the town was fantastic. Back at the marina the peculiar taxis’ caught our eye – small cars turned into min-limo’s with roller-blind type roofs.
Back onto the ferry and off to the town of Sorrento. Here we had lunch at La Lanterna restaurant for a taste of traditional Italian food. Then down the road for a demonstration of wood inlaying at A.Gargiulo & Jannuzzi, who have been in business since 1852.
One of the downsides of an organised tour you more than likely will stop-off at some commercial facility on the way. This trip took us to the Cellini Cameo Factory for a demonstration on making cameo broaches (from sea shells). You naturally have to travel through the sales area to view the demonstration.
Ruins of Pompeii
Leaving Sorrento by bus we headed for the archeological site of Pompeii. Pompeii was a pretty special place to visit. Our fantastic tour guide really spelt out what occurred when Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year 79AD. This cataclysmic event buried the entire town instantly killing all of it’s residents, basically where they sat or slept. Click here to read more.
We were presented with another fantastic sunset as we left Naples bound for our final destination of Rome.