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.
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!
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.
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
We started our day after breakfast with a walking tour of Rome right around our hotel, Across the street is The Pantheon "[temple] of all the gods") is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD).
It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, in large part because it has been in continuous use throughout its history and, since the 7th century, The square in front of the Pantheon is called Piazza della Rotonda. The Pantheon is a state property, managed by Italy's Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism through the Polo Museale del Lazio; in 2013 it was visited by over 6 million people
The four-poster, solid-bronze canopy over the main altar, or the baldacchino of St. Peter’s, appears almost dwarfed by the dome towering right above it. So you might think it’s not that tall. But it is. It’s almost 10 stories tall—it’s just that the dome, above it, is even bigger: 452 feet. (The baldacchino, by the way, also uses no less than 100,000 pounds of bronze). And, If you remember the Pantheon, across from our hotel, The bronze doors were used to make the bronze canopy.
None of the paintings inside the basilica are actually paintings
Huh? No, really. Although, at first glance, the basilica’s interior appears to be elaborately decorated with paintings—from frescoes in the dome to the huge paintings hanging on the walls—it’s not. Every single one of those “paintings” is actually a mosaic, done with such painstaking detail, and such tiny tesserae (the little pieces of glass making the mosaic up), that they only appear to be paintings.
The Pieta, in St. Peter’s Basilica
St. Peter’s Basilica is the home to one of Michelangelo’s most famous masterpieces, the Pietà (which, by the way, he carved when he was only 24 years old). But not everyone’s been a fan of the stunning sculpture. In 1972, a mentally-disturbed man named Laszlo Toth attacked the sculpture with a hammer; he cracked off Mary’s nose and broke off her arm at the elbow. The sculpture was painstakingly restored and returned to St. Peter’s, but now, it’s protected by bullet-proof glass—even as other priceless sculptures in St Peter’s remain out in the open
At the highest part of the ceiling, Michelangelo depicted nine scenes from Genesis, including "The Separation of Light From Darkness" at the altar end of the chapel to "The Drunkenness of Noah" at the other end. The most famous panels are "The Creation of Adam" and "The Fall of Man and the Expulsion from Paradise." Images of prophets and pagan sibyls surround the panels, and twisting (and originally controversial) male nudes decorate the corners.
The Pope listened to the priest's account and absolved him. He then sent emissaries for an immediate investigation. When all the facts were ascertained, he ordered the Bishop of the diocese to bring to Orvieto the Bread and the linen cloth bearing the stains of blood. With archbishops, cardinals and other Church dignitaries in attendance, the Pope met the procession and, amid great pomp, had the relics placed in the cathedral. The linen corporal bearing the spots of blood is still reverently enshrined and exhibited in the Cathedral of Orvieto since 1263!!!!!!!
Off to our next hotel for 2 nights. Northwest of Rome in Campo, Perugia. Alla Posta dei Donini
It is a renovated historical residence built in mid 1700’s. Out in the country! Much better than the business, crowded Rome. Check out the website above.