Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pompeii and the Vatican

Yesterday we took the train down to Pompeii via Naples and did our own tour of the ancient ruins of Pompeii. It was very hot at 33 degrees C. and we appreciated every bit of shade we could find. The train was an easy way to get there and much cheaper than taking a bus tour from Rome.
This morning we visited the Campo dei Fiori to see the morning market and the fruit and spices were very fresh and plentiful. We bought beautiful large peaches, bananas and grapes for our train trip tomorrow when we move on to Florence.
This afternoon we took a 3 hour tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistene Chapel and St Peter's cathedral. The crowds were large and it it was hot and felt airless in parts of the museum but we enjoyed the tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. We were very happy to have spent extra money in booking the Skip the Line tour for both the Colosseum and the Vatican, as it meant we didn't have to queue up in the sun for the entrance to the Vatican.
Tonight we're going to walk down to Campo dei Fiori square again for our evening meal. We ate there two nights ago too and enjoyed the food and atmosphere, and it's close to our hotel. We've loved Rome and we're moving on to Florence tomorrow for 2 nights.
Bye for now, Jan Mac


Maria said...

You are certainly seeing more than DH and I did on our organised bus tour. I'm glad they offer 'skip the line' tickets as the queues for the Vatican when we came out the front at about 11.30am, were horrific. Our group queued at 7.15am and were the second tour bus group there.

Julie Robinson said...

You sure are seeing a lot Keep sending the photos I feel as if I am there with you both
Don't stop until you drop
Keep swallowing your pills
Love Julie

Lynne said...

Ooo! You make me want to go back to Italy!

We are thinking of you in wet and cold Sydney as we make more string blocks!

Gina E. said...

More stunning photos - looks like the weather is still perfect, even if it is hot!