Pompeii

I’ve always struggled with the heat, it’s the reason I prefer winter of summer and I thought when I arrived in Sorrento that I would be awful in thirty degree heat but I was pleasantly surprised… until yesterday when we visited Pompeii.

We left the hotel around 8:30 a.m. to get a 9 o’clock train to Pompeii. The train was really noisy and quite crowded (which I was warned about). It went through many dark tunnels in the mountains, at lightning speed, to get to the light on the other side. We didn’t have to queue or anything; we were in the ruins of Pompeii by about half ten, it was great!

Everyone knows the story of Pompeii, it’s a truly iconic event that marked history and it was extremely interesting to look around the ruins, but it was so open that the heat was getting to everyone. All I can say is it was a good idea going in the morning rather than around noon when the sun would be at its peak. Despite the heat, I quite enjoyed looking around and taking photos. I tried to imagine what the city would’ve looked like in its day, it must’ve been quite a grand place.

Another thing we saw were the bodies preserved in the volcanic ash from Vesuvius. It was strange but, with all due respect, was kind of cool at the same time; it was fascinating.

I definitely think I’d want to come back at some point… just maybe not in the height of Sorrento summer.

-Emily

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