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Capri, Amalfi, and Pompeii

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Aside from the disappointment that was our Rome trip, FUA (our school), made up for it with an amazing weekend on the southern coast of Italy. After a god awful 6 and a half hour bus ride to Napoli, we had time to get out and explore the city for a little. We saw the Castello Nuovo and the Royal Palace, before we went off to eat the renowned pizza and drink the best espresso in Italy and so therefore the world. I ended up eating a deep fried calzone which was as legend has it the best I have had yet. After, we went and had a thicker version of espresso then I am used to, which made the small shot just that much more concentrated and tasty. I am becoming addicted to them and know that I will be disappointed when I come back to the states. Another hour and a half later we arrived in Maiori, just north of Almafi, where our hotel was and called it a night.

Porta Grande in Capri
The following morning we took a boat to Capri. This was the most beautiful place that I have ever been to in my life. It was the island of Roman royalty and VIP's, playing host to an international business leaders’ conference while we were there. Every shop was over priced and with every designer label you can imagine, the fashion in this city was top notch. The highlight of the trip was the 19 euro boat ride to the Grotto Azzurro. After entering the harbor with about thirty small boats waiting for each ferry to unload, the drivers of each raced for our business. They cut each other off, they cussed each other out, all to make that buck. We could fit four to a boat and with a group of thirty five we made most of the drivers happy.
Arco Naturale
We entered the grotto through and opening about 4 feet wide and 3 feet tall. Granted it was high tide, but this was quite a squeeze with these boats. We entered the cave and it looked pitch black. The drivers all started singing a strange melodic tune that made the whole experience that much more surreal. After traveling about ten feet into the cave we began to understand what this was all about. We turned around and the light entering the grotto was reflecting off the white limestone and creating an eerie neon blue glow that looked fake. The pictures do not due this place justice. The reflection of the water off the walls left a shimmering blue tint and after one ride around the perimeter we left this majestic cave. We returned to the main port of Capri and took the funicular up to the top where the heart of the island lay.
Capritown
I began to follow one of our school's professors who told me that he knew what he was doing and coming form this guy I had no doubt in my mind that he would not lead me astray. We went to a great place that was secluded from everything for lunch which was overlooking the harbor where there were no tourists in sight.  I had Spaghetti di frutti di mare (spaghetti with clams and muscles) followed by fried fish, shrimp, and squid. This was one of the best meals that I have had in Italy. He then took us to the back side of the island where we could see the Arco Naturale, which is the symbol of the island. The water color was that of the Bahamas and after the rain the night before it was easy to see the Italian coastline. However with a storm looming in the distance it was time to go back to Maiori.
Back side of Capri
On our way back we were headed into the most impressive lightning storm that I have every witnessed. Thank god that the boat was covered because the downpour was getting everyone soaked. When we got off the boat it began to truly pour and we all ran the little more than half mile back to our hotel. After putting my stuff down I got in my bathing suit and went back out and took a swim in the ocean and enjoyed the flashes of lightning that illuminated the sky around me. A hot shower and a nice meal later I was ready for bed. On Sunday, the storm had subsided and we were fortunate enough to go to Pompeii. It was not exactly what I expected and the amount of tourists made the whole experience a little tainted. However, It was impressive to see the various ruins and preserved frescos. The pictures tell the story. But our tour could only be completed with some lemoncello from Sorrento, which by the way is amazing. I am back in Florence now and don’t think that I could have spent my weekend in a better way. This was truly the gem of the Italian peninsula. 

CrazyLisa says:
You brought back some awesome memories of when I was in Italy. Luckily you got to see the grotto. We were there with the wrong tide and couldn't go see it.
Posted on: Oct 11, 2007
michaelricci says:
Andrew,

It sounds like you are truely appreciating this wonderful experience. Drink it in...I don't think it gets any better.

Love,
Uncle Mike
Posted on: Oct 10, 2007
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Our competitive taxi service
Our competitive taxi service
Porta Grande in Capri
Porta Grande in Capri
Arco Naturale
Arco Naturale
Capritown
Capritown
Back side of Capri
Back side of Capri
Temple of Zeus/Vesuvius in the bac…
Temple of Zeus/Vesuvius in the ba…
Vesuvius
Vesuvius
Hot room in the bath
Hot room in the bath
Beware of the Dog (Cave Canum)
Beware of the Dog (Cave Canum)
Stairway to heaven
Stairway to heaven
Church from our hotel
Church from our hotel
Grotto Azzurro
Grotto Azzurro
Again
Again
Entrance to the grotto
Entrance to the grotto
Fresco outside the city
Fresco outside the city
Temple of ares
Temple of ares
Another Fresco
Another Fresco
A cool pillar...a little photoshop…
A cool pillar...a little photosho…
Pizza Cookery
Pizza Cookery
Castello Nuovo in Napoli
Castello Nuovo in Napoli
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