Oh Italian adventures..
Pompeii Travel Blog› entry 22 of 25 › view all entries
It was crazy. First off, we decided pretty quickly that we were even going to Pompeii. When I woke up that morning I had no idea that I would be going to sleep in Naples. The train ride to Naples went pretty smoothly, however we got off at the wrong stop in Naples and had to take a hot bus all the way across town at midnight. Then we finally got to our hostel, but they were booked. Luckily they were really nice and found us a one star hotel for the same price. It took us another 20 minutes to find the hotel. Keep in mind that Naples isn't the prettiest, cleanest, safest city.
We finally made it to the hotel and we were sweaty, gross and so tired. Luckily, they had a room available with a private bathroom. Somehow we got some sleep and then got up at 6:00am to get to Pompeii before it opened at 8:30am. I'm not sure how we got up and got going that morning.
The ruins of Pompeii were amazing. We got there so early we had most of the place to ourselves. I just kept thinking "this house is thousands of years old, and I get to explore it!" It was the coolest thing. One surprising thing about Pompei, at least to me, was all of the stray dogs. We had three following us at one point. They all looked hungry and dirty, but I knew that if I gave any of them something, they would never leave us alone.
We spent a total of about seven hours in the ruins.
On our way back to Florence we had to take a later train since it was the cheapest. We were frustrated and tired and hungry and now we had to wait for three more hours. To pass the time we had magherita pizza and beer and then just walked around. Our train ride was going to be six hours long and get us into florence at 2:00am. So we knew we had to get some extra beer to take on the train, you know, Italian style. We got some huge bottles for our insane train ride.
Later on we realized that our tickets weren't all together, darn ticket man, but we got our own compartment anyway. Think Harry Potter style train, where each compartment had about six seats, so it was kind of private.
So much happened on our quick trip, it's hard to realize we were only gone for about 28 hours. It was definitely an adventure. Pompeii was so worth it though. i will never forget this trip for as long as I live.
Oh! I almost forgot one of the best parts! So we have our beer (Peroni of course) and we're heading back ot the train station when we realize we don't have a bottle opener. Luckily you can buy pretty much anything off the streets of Naples. Seriously. We found a fish shaped bottle opener, that also had a lighter, AND flashlight. For only 2 euro! It was so great. We named our blue fish Peroni, after the beer of course.
Oh the fun adventures you have in Italy. You seriously can't make this stuff up. Nor can you plan for most of the stuff that happens.