Italy: Part Two

In Part Two of Three, we complete our explorations around Rome and head to the coast.  Part One can be found here.

DAY FIVE, Monday   ||   Vatican City

A sea of humanity flowed with us entering the museum.

A sea of humanity flowed with us entering the museum.

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

While not a fabulous photograph, seeing Michelangelo's Pieta was the highlight of our visit to St. Peter's Basilica. 

While not a fabulous photograph, seeing Michelangelo's Pieta was the highlight of our visit to St. Peter's Basilica. 

Yarn Shoppin'

Yarn Shoppin'

Campo dei Fiori at Night

Campo dei Fiori at Night

DAY SIX, Tuesday   ||   Travel to Positano, Through Herculaneum and Sorrento

Early Morning Train to Naples

Early Morning Train to Naples

First Stop: Herculaneum

First Stop: Herculaneum

In 79 AD, this city was buried with volcanic mud from Mount Vesuvius -- seen in the background -- similarly to how Pompeii was buried in volcanic ash.  The mud did a superior job of preserving this site; roughly 20% of the city has been excavated.  The rest cannot, due to the modern-day city of Ecolani which sits on top of it, seen in the middle-ground. 

In 79 AD, this city was buried with volcanic mud from Mount Vesuvius -- seen in the background -- similarly to how Pompeii was buried in volcanic ash.  The mud did a superior job of preserving this site; roughly 20% of the city has been excavated.  The rest cannot, due to the modern-day city of Ecolani which sits on top of it, seen in the middle-ground. 

The pots built into these counters stored food in this former street-corner market. 

The pots built into these counters stored food in this former street-corner market. 

Two thousand years ago, these buildings, homes and courtyards were decorated with plaster, bright frescos and intricate mosaics. 

Two thousand years ago, these buildings, homes and courtyards were decorated with plaster, bright frescos and intricate mosaics. 

This view looks out to the Bay of Naples, which at the time of Herculaneum's existence, came all the way up to the city itself. 

This view looks out to the Bay of Naples, which at the time of Herculaneum's existence, came all the way up to the city itself. 

Score Marks for Frescoes

Score Marks for Frescoes

This museum, located just a few blocks away in Ecolani, had some interesting visual recreations of what Herculaneum looked like once upon a time. 

This museum, located just a few blocks away in Ecolani, had some interesting visual recreations of what Herculaneum looked like once upon a time. 

After the museum, we headed to Sorrento, catching our first glimpses of the Sorrento Peninsula and then the Amalfi Coast.

After the museum, we headed to Sorrento, catching our first glimpses of the Sorrento Peninsula and then the Amalfi Coast.

Lunch at the Foreigner's Club (no, really) with a beautiful seaside view.  We suspect the restaurant, which is in the same building as the Visitor's Bureau, kicks back a little something to tour operators and drivers who bring in unsuspecting tourists. 

Lunch at the Foreigner's Club (no, really) with a beautiful seaside view.  We suspect the restaurant, which is in the same building as the Visitor's Bureau, kicks back a little something to tour operators and drivers who bring in unsuspecting tourists. 

Finally, Positano.

Finally, Positano.

Don't trip. 

Don't trip. 

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