Goodbye Amalfi…. hello Naples

Well when you travel …. Stuff happens.  The stuff in this case was a strong wind and 4 foot swells so the Captain decided not to visit Amalfi which was a big disappointment to a lot of his passengers.  However as we were going to tender in it probably made good sense – so instead we were heading to Naples.

Now for history buffs this was a good chance to go out and visit either Pompeii or Herculaneum – both old Roman towns affected by the eruptions of Mt Vesuvius.  Pompeii is much bigger than Herculaneum but following the advice of my Italian specialist Amanda – I chose to visit Herculaneum and was really happy with my choice.  The difference is that Herculaneum was a sort of seaside resort for the wealthy and as such the frescoes are beautiful and well preserved.  It is quite amazing to realise that you are treading on pathways that were once part of a bustling town.  It is also really very close to the port in Naples.

Our tour guide was excellent and has been working at this site for 17 years.  We could see she had a real passion for her topic and was extremely knowledgeable.  So all in all a great tour to do – highly recommended.

Now ….. Naples.  There`s a town that needs a big overhaul.  Wow – so much garbage.  Apparently there has been an ongoing strike or threatened strike for years.  This has affected garbage collection and sadly affects the city as well. 

At the pier there is a giant new shopping centre with acres of marble and lots of shops staffed by very disinterested Neopolitans…. What a shame.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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