Naples: Ancient Pompeii plus Naples Food Tour

Pompeii

Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near the Bay of Naples in Italy, is hundreds of thousands of years old and has erupted more than 50 times. Its most famous eruption took place in the year 79 A.D., when the volcano buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash. The dust “poured across the land” like a flood, one witness wrote, and shrouded the city in “a darkness…like the black of closed and unlighted rooms.” Two thousand people died, and the city was abandoned for almost as many years. When a group of explorers rediscovered the site in 1748, they were surprised to find that–underneath a thick layer of dust and debris–Pompeii was mostly intact. The buildings, artifacts and skeletons left behind in the buried city have taught us a great deal about everyday life in the ancient world.

Once a sprawling metropolis of shops and residences, restaurants and brothels, you can walk the streets of Pompeii as the Romans did – the stones are still worn with tracks from the carriages that used them nearly 2,000 years ago. Wander from mosaic to monument, temple to theater, and imagine daily life in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Naples

Discover the ancient heart of Naples with its Baroque domes rising against the backdrop of Mt. Vesuvius, this southern Italian city is literally a treasure trove that will fill your senses.

I have been told that the food experience in Naples will forever ruin my pallet to eating any thing classified as Italian in America. I am can't wait to be ruined.

If you thought you knew pizza, think again. Naples is home to so many original varieties that you’ll have a hard time choosing. Then pass to the savory ‘pagnutiello’, a symphony of fried seafood known as a ‘cuoppo’, or ‘cup’, due to the paper cone it is served in, or the ‘cuppetiello’, another succulent version that will make your mouth water.

If you have a sweet tooth, then you’re definitely in the right place, too! Naples is home to some of the best and most famous pastries in the world with such delicious creations as scrumptious ‘sfogliatelle’, rich ‘Baba’ soaked in rum or the epicurean ‘zeppole’, filled with custard, jelly or cream. Your journey will take you through narrow, picturesque alleys as they open onto elegant piazzas.

It will be hard to tear ourselves away from the cornucopia of food in Naples, but there is more to experience: Royal Palace, Castel Nuovo and San Francesco di Paola church, just to name a few.

Your tour of Pompeii and Naples courtesy of Teri at

www.EndlessLoveTravel.com

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