Naples, in southern Italy, is located on the Bay of Naples, an inlet of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is one of Italy’s busiest seaports. Naples is known for its active, colorful community, as well as for its cultural and historic institutions. Mount Vesuvius, responsible for the destruction of ancient Pompeii, can be seen from the city, background. The haze from summer’s humidity is clearly evident.
One of the first things you notice about
Naples are the narrow streets.
Italy is famous for pasta, and Naples is no exception.
Have you ever seen so many different kinds of pasta?
These men were enjoying a friendly card game in the shade of a building.
Another narrow sidestreet in downtown Naples.
An unfortunate aspect of life in Naples is the garbage in the streets.
A variety of street vendors line the outside of the train terminal in downtown Naples.
One of Naples’ artsy city trains.
This is the view from my hotel window.
The gentlemen across the street were enjoying a game of backgammon.
On our last evening in Naples, we performed at a NATO training school.
This is the view from the balcony of the restaurant.
This semi-island juts out from the shoreline along western Naples.
It is used as a military base.
We had one day free and decided to go to Pompeii, located on the southern edge of Naples.
This is the entrance to the partially excavated city.
Pompeii was founded about 600 BC. It became a Roman colony in 80 BC and later a favorite resort for wealthy Romans, reaching a population of about 20,000 at the beginning of the Christian era. The city was damaged by an earthquake in 63 AD and was completely demolished in 79 AD by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius that quickly buried the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum under 7 meters (21 feet) of ash and lava. The eruption also raised the sea beach, placing the river and the sea at a considerable distance from the ruined city and obscuring the original site. The cities remained buried until 1748, when the first excavations were begun.
Another view of the entrance to Pompeii.
Once in the gates of Pompeii, the streets resemble a maze.
It’s easy to get turned around and lost.
There are still many original artifacts preserved for viewing.
This is the Basilica of Pompeii.
The hot ash and poisonous gases overtook the city before anyone could escape. Many people were buried and “fossilized” under the ash. Over the years, the bodies decomposed, leaving a hole in the rock outlining the victim. This plaster cast was made by filling one of the holes before it was excavated. It shows the last moments of a person overcome by the poisonous gases.
This is the plaster cast made of the figure pictured above.
An ornamental arch in Pompeii.
This place has gone to the dogs. Literally.
This pack of dogs roams the streets of Pompeii. (Are they “Roamin” dogs?)
An arch with Mt. Vesuvius in the background.
A restored courtyard hints at the beauty of the original city.
As we flew out of Naples the next day, we flew over another
volcano on the northwest edge of Naples. It is a very active area for volcanoes.
Hope you enjoyed Naples and Pompeii.