Yesterday, Tiffany and I travelled from Capri to Pompeii. Getting there took us about two hours. We caught the hydrofoil from Capri to Sorrento. From there we had to figure out how to get to the train station, from where we took a train to Pompeii. Luckily the final stop was right next to the entrance to old Pompeii.
I had booked us a four-hour guided tour through Emiliano's Archaelogical Tours. Our guide, Paolo, was waiting for us at the entrance of the site and he took us on a tour that went by much too fast. I could have spent the entire day there and learn about the history of Pompeii. It's not a surprise that after the Colosseum in Rome, it's the second most visited place in Italy.
I knew of Pompeii through my secondary school history classes but most of the things I learned during these years were so abstract to me. It's only through my travels that I have been able to appreciate the things I've learned and somehow apply all this knowledge.
Paolo, a professional archaeologist, knew so much about Pompeii's history, past and present. He told us that he had been into archaeology since he was a child.
The four hours went by in a flash; I had the feeling that we saw the most interesting parts but with hindsight an eight-hour tour would have been even better.
At the end we had to rush back to the train station as we had to get on the last boat from Naples to Capri. Paolo kindly offered to take us by car to Naples if we were late for the train. Luckily we made it on time. We then went for dinner in Capri at Le Camerelle.
I had the pasta Le Camerelle with capers and cherry tomatoes. The food was very good but the atmosphere was so so. I felt scrutinised by the waiters. It was only when we were leaving that they were more friendly.
Today it has been raining but this afternoon it should remain dry. We will be visiting Anacapri, the west part of Capri later today.