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Napoli...or Naples for you Non-Italians

Italy and Mediterranean Cruise

April 2011

Yesterday was a very lazy day. The weather was terrible so we basically laid around, did homework and read books. The kids spent some time in the arcade. We did attend a talk by the Captain in the morning that was really interesting. All sorts of facts about the ship...quite an operation. There are more than 5000 on board!!! Lots of Newfs too!

Today the weather was perfect...sunny and warm. We arrived in Naples late this morning and had to wait quite some time for the boat to be cleared. The bummer was that we were up at 6:30 because we had a tour scheduled to leave at 8am. We finally got off the boat at 9:30 and the captain extended our time at port by an hour.

We had a great day. We first took a scary ride (twisty, turny roads on high cliffs) to the town of Sorrento. We visited a working farm that grows lemons (what the region is known for) oranges, grapes and olives. They also have cows and so produce marmalade, olive oil, wine, homemade mozzarella, and Limoncello, a yummy liqueur.

We watched a demonstration of how they make mozzarella. This lady was taught by her grandmother and makes cheese daily, only selling to the locals. The process is amazing. Almost like making bread. Ricotta is also produced as part of the process.

After this we were seated and left to enjoy fresh tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, salami and wine, all served with homemade wood fired bread. Poor Tony and Sherry. Sherry couldn't eat the bread and Tony is sick with a gut bug so couldn't eat anything at all. Isaac and I loved it....surprise!

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From there we had about 90 minutes to wander around Sorrento. We left there (minus 2 missing passengers) and went to the ancient city of Pompeii. This was so interesting. This ancient Roman city was completely destroyed and covered in ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. They have excavated and restored 65% of this city. The coolest part is the plaster casts of people and animals that died there. An archaeologist noticed air pockets under the solidified ash and decided to pour plaster into the holes. Afterward they chipped away the ash to have perfect replicas of the humans and animals that died. Most had hands over their mouths as they died from suffocation as ash descended on the city.

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The opera house at Pompeii has been restored and is used today for concerts.

It was a 20 minute ride back to the boat for the last time. We had to hurry to supper for our final binge! We just finished packing our bags as we have to put them out tonight. Off the boat at 9 am and back to Rome.

Think we will skip the show tonight as I want a good night's sleep before Rome. Some big Pope thing going on and there are no rooms to be had for 100 miles. It was wall to wall people before....this will be nuts!

Posted by curlygirl 18:41 Archived in Italy Tagged italy cruise caribbean naples pompeii royal

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