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Classic Italy May 2019

But 30 min on runway!

Saturday, May 17, 2019

Charlotte to Naples Lufthansa Airlines

Business Class was amazing. Seats went to any position really, Of course I couldn’t sleep, so watched a movie, many choices to choose from. Service was great, food not so great.

Weird, left Charlotte at 6:30pm. Flew into the night, with sunset behind us, but very soon we saw the sun come up again, It was only 11PM, on our watches, but it was getting day light outside!

We were late landing in Munich, with only an hour to get through customs to our next gate to fly to Naples, But all good! Waiting on next flight to Naples!

Our second leg went without a hitch! Even our luggage was the first bags on the belt! Met our driver through the next door, then off for a harrowing 45 drive to Our Hotel in Sorrento! Whew glad we not driving.

Home Next Three Nites
Flying into Sorrento, Flying out of Venice 14 days later

Sunday, May 19, 2019

What a day!!! Met “Paula” in the lobby at 7:45 after a fabulous buffet bkf. Finally got some eggs!.. She had a small coach waiting, 16 of us, loaded up went to the docks and got a a boat for a short trip the the Isle of Capri.

Paula was wonderful!

Blue Grotto

We didn’t know what to expect. Paula took us to a place called the Blue Grotto, It’s a cave on one side of the island with a small opening, that small row boats carrying 4 people who are flat on the bottom of the boat because the top of the boat hits the top of the cave opening. The boats can only go in at the correct wave sequence. We waited at least an hour to board the boats. It was harrowing just getting in and out of them. Can’t believe we did this!

CRAZY

Watch the cave opening and you can see the boat coming out and one coming in.

INSIDE

Good lunch on the island. Got to know some of our group. It was a great day. Enjoy some of the pictures! Off to Dinner..............

Water like the Caribbean

Least populated side

He’s not snoozing waiting to shoot the cave!
Capri Watch! This Lady couldn’t leave the island until she bought one! I’ll stick to my Apple Watch.
The Roads! OMG
Perfect evening meal with 23 new friends! Yes I slopped my plate with bread!

Monday, May 20, 2019

We boarded our motor coach and drive to Amalfi. The Amalfi Coastal highway is a 30 mile stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Campania region. It’s a popular holiday destination, with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and pastel-colored fishing villages. The coastal road between the port city of Salerno and clifftop Sorrento winds past grand villas, terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves.

Amalfi

Along the highway, someone or surely a group of folks built tiny nativity scenes on the side of the road, into the mountain. So detailed! Bible towns!

Ravello Square

Lunch! Homemade by........

This Lady, didn’t catch her name with the red bow! 4 courses! The blond is Anna, our tour director

Some of our group

Drove back over the mountains to Naples and then to Sorrento. A hail storm awaited us, but perfect weather until then.
Beautiful Sunset over the Naples Bay. Off to Rome tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Up EARLY again! We board our coach and travel from Sorrento to Pompeii. This Roman City of 27,000 was completely buried by a volcanic ash, 15 feet deep in 79 AD. All the people suffocated. The city lay dormant for 1700 years. Excavations began in the 18th century and continue today. We walked though the ruins with a local guide. It was AMAZING. They are still finding bodies and artifacts, that changes the story of what happened. The stories from the guide where fascinating.

Bodies were found with their hands covering their mouths. Even food was found in ovens

A Dog

This Roman City was quite advanced. Lots of community, wealth, advanced water systems. 1500 homes have been uncovered. From affluent to common families. Lots of culture.

The streets even had inlaid fluorescent stones that shown in the dark to “fancy” the streets

Pizza was found in this oven!

Flooring in a home

This is a “food bar” Fast food if you will! The more common people didn’t have cooking facilities in their homes

Since excavations began in 1748, Pompeii was gradually revealed – street by street, building by building, room by room – providing an unparalleled record of life in the Roman Empire. I feel so inadequate telling this story. We walked around for an hour and a half, and didn’t cover a fraction of what was there. We saw people working uncovering more ruins. Life in Pompei during that time, wow, very risqué! A lot of the artifacts, the researchers didn’t feel like they could display, so they put them in a locked room in Rome😳!

After Lunch on to Rome

Our home for the next 3 days. Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Among the 5 star luxury hotels in Rome, Grand Hotel de la Minerve, is housed in a magnificent mansion dating from the 1600’s. Set in the historical city centre, the hotel overlooks the Pantheon and is just minutes from Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Completely renovated to better meet the needs of its modern, sophisticated clientele. (Is that us?!)

This is across the street from our hotel!

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