Napoli and Pompeii, Italy

 

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Naples (Napoli) is the largest city in southern Italy. Nearby is Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that destroyed the nearby Roman town of Pompeii, whose excavated ruins are a major tourist attraction. Dating to the 2nd millennium B.C., Naples has centuries of important art and architecture.

Naples is a busy port city serving its population of 1 million, and acting as the hub for accessing cities such as Pompeii and Sorrento, and the islands of Ischia and Capri.

An attractive transportation center connects train and subway lines. It was easy to catch the Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii.

Ovo Castle is an imposing fortress at the mouth of Naple's harbour.

Naples Archeological Museum has the world's largest collection of Roman artifacts. (Roberto Imposti, Tripadvisor)

Pompeii is a vast archeological site. The Roman city was buried under ash and pumice when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.

The preserved site contains streets and buildings that visitors can explore freely.

Many structures show complete details, such as this bakery.

Tile mosaics have been wonderfully preserved.

 

  

Thirty large-scale sculptures by Igor Mitoraj depicting imposing mythological characters are strategically placed among the architecture, and alongside original bronze statues.

The Pompeii Coliseum is the earliest known stone Roman amphitheatre, predating Rome's by a century.

An interesting exhibit displays photos from when Pink Floyd performed and recorded at the Pompeii Coliseum, praising its acoustics.

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