19.06.2014 - 19.06.2014
We set off for the Pompeii ruins. We were a bit concerned about leaving all of our valuables in the car at the car park so we arranged to leave the car at the hotel and grab a cab to the ruins. This is how we met Angelo. As we drove to the ruins he gave us a complete rundown of where to go and what to do. He suggested (very strongly) that the only place to have lunch was at his friends Raphael's restaurant and he would pick us up from there when we were finished. He refused to take any money for the fare and just insisted we would pay this afternoon. Thus guaranteeing that we would have to go to lunch at Raphael's.
Anyway we looked through the ruins, choosing to use an audio guide and self pace our visit. The site is massive and would take many days to see everything. Some is really well preserved but much of the more important pieces are in the museum in Naples, which is a bit disappointing sometimes. There were several villas that were very beautiful, the steam baths, the lupinare or brothel. Many of the frescos were quite clear and the mosaic floors just stunning.
The brothel had the most amazing frescos above the door of each bedroom showing possible delights that could be encountered. Kind of like a visual menu to pick your pleasure. There was also the bakery, the hot food takeaway shop and the amphitheatres which were all great.
Dylan demonstrating the baker at work
the brothel menu
the amphitheatre, marble seats at the front for the most important citizens and senators
Lots of walking over uneven roman roads again. We were very tired and hungry and wanted to get lunch and head to Amalfi so called it a day. Headed to the restaurant only to be greeted by Raphael who was waiting out the front for us like we were long lost friends. Had a delicious but quite expensive lunch, signed his visitors book, drank the limoncello aperitif and there was Angelo ready to drive us back.
my delicious seafood lunch
Angelo and Raphael the scammers
Off we went on what we knew would be the trickiest part of driving in Italy....the Amalfi coast road. I am not sure Dave should have had the limoncello. This road lived up to all expectations and more. The views were just spectacular. The road narrow and full of crazy Italians. Dave was looking very stressed, this road made the Dorrigo mountain seem like a drive around the block on Sunday.... It was very full on. Anyway we arrived safely and found our way to the car park which is a massive hole tunnelled into the side of the hill. Dave was very impressed with the engineering.
Our accommodation was up 180 steep steps on the side of the hill. We condensed what we needed for the next couple of days down to one case and hired a porter to take it up. The apartment was just lovely and the view from all three terraces breathtaking. Paola, our host was wonderful and she met us with hot fish and chips from her shop and a couple of beers and soft drinks to get us started. This was our dinner as we didn't need much after our huge lunch. We then walked down into town to have a wander and treat ourself to a gelato then back up the 180 steps to wear off the gelato.
walking up to the apartment, it's the one right up the top
Two days of blog to catch up on over a couple of wines and wonderful views out on the terrace Tomorrow we plan to catch the ferry round for a look at Positano and have a relaxed day, maybe have a swim. Life is good.
our view from one of the three terraces Photos really don't do it justice.