Still, we got to the station in one piece with our nerves only slightly frazzled. The process to get our rental car from Hertz at the Termini or main train station in Rome was only slightly confusing. The biggest issue was a. to figure out how to put the rental car into reverse and b. negotiating the very tight hairpin turns to get off the 7th floor where the rental cars were parked!
Made it out with no issues, plugged in the GPS and only got lost once trying to find the Autostrada out of town. The rest of the 2.5 hour ride to Pompei, which is like a suburb city of Naples/Napoli went without incident. The first 30-40 minutes though, as I negotiated my way out of Rome with Martha monitoring the GPS was a bit on the white-knuckle side of things.
We got into Pompei shortly before 2:30PM and rest for a tiny bit before heading out to check out the excavations and ruins that were five minutes walk away.
A short blurb about Pompeii, and a link to more info on this disaster that preserved an ancient Roman town so well for us to look at. LINK Before you say it, Pompeii was the spelling of the ancient town and Pompei the spelling for the modern town.
We then made our way to the secondary, and nearest to our hotel, entrance to the Pompeii excavation sites. Its the one by the main amphitheater. It wasn't too crowded as most of the crowds were day trip folks from nearby Napoli and they were gone by then.
The amphitheater has this pyramid shaped shelter in the arena, sheltering the body voids which had been cast with plaster/cement by archaeologists:
Turns out, we should have gone in via the primary entrance as the stuff we encountered wasn't matching the issued guides and map numbers. It appears, the area we went through first had been more recently excavated and they were still more of a work in progress than the older portions of the excavations.
Lupanare House, aka the Brothel.
Some rather "risque" paintings remain on the walls here.
Lupa: She Wolf or Prostitute
A Lupa's "work" room
One of the less "risque" paintings on the walls of the Lupanare House
Apparently, sex sells, this is one of the more popular exhibits here
at the excavations.
Patrick wasn't having any of it.
that the blocks of stones in the middle of the street served
to block chariots from rolling down said streets.
was the "food court" of its time, with many such cavities to
apparently hold cooked food or to cook food.
around enjoying the cooling weather.
We exited and wandered the local tourist shops for a bit. Martha then got herself and Miles some gelato and we continued onwards. Just short of the hotel, Martha spotted a place that sold snacks such as fries and fried items. Patrick was quite happy to obtain their large version of Patate Fritte: