Tuesday, May 1 Pompeii ; A Surprise & Mount Vesuvius
Due to the Weather forecast for the next 3 days (rain) , we decided to swap the Tuesday ( May 1st) and Thursday (May 3rd) Schedules. We hoped for a dry visit to the Volcano mountain. The weather man was kind, and we had a DRY day for our outdoor visit to Pompeii today.
Pompeii: One of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world,! It provides a glimpse in to ancient Roman life; our guide showed us the highlights of this fascinating site. We walked the Roman streets and explored houses, shops, amphitheatres and cafes of ancient times.
Arriving early at the Gates of Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius in the Background.
A bird’s eye view of the What’s to come.
In we go!
Tour Host Rowena, waiting while the ladies explore!
The ladies are engaged…
Starting in one main Square.
Our Guide Roberta. Explains what we see.
Calcified remains, there are many examples,
How they were when the Volcano Erupted!
Judy, Sandra and Lori: Break time, so much to absorb at this Historical Pompeii!
After our visit to Pompeii: We drove up part of the Slopes, Mt. Vesuvius, where we had a nice Surprise!: Lunch & a Wine Tour! We were ready for this!
Arriving at LaCryma Christie Winery!
The Restaurant at the Winery. We tasted 4 Wines.
A fabulous lunch accompanied the wine tastings! Allison & Kaylan, enjoying!
Rena, enjoying the pasta, my Favorite Course!
A bit of History: Lacryma Christi, (also Lachryma Christi of Vesuvius, literally “tears of Christ”), is the name of a celebrated Neapolitan type of wine produced on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius in Campania, Italy. White Lacryma Christi is made mainly from Verdeca and Coda di Volpe grapes, with smaller proportions of Falanghina, Caprettone and Greco di Tufo included. Red Lacryma Christi is made from Piedirosso and Sciascinoso grapes. It is also, as archaeologists have discovered, the nearest equivalent to wine drunk by the Ancient Romans, having analysed microscopic residue left on the taps of the casks.
Final Stop: Mt. Vesuvius: we climbed the mountain! What a way to end our day..!
A few of us were tired, by this time, and elected to hang out at the base, for mid-afternoon coffee, and take in the sights. near where our Bus was parked… which was 1167 metres up! Others, with our Fearless Leader, Pasquale in Front, took to the slopes for a Hike up to the 1200 metre mark, to catch a better view of the Crater, and the Bay of Naples from this side.
Our fearless Leader, Pasquale, explaining the views from Mt. Vesuvius!!
Trudy, stopping to take it all in! The Glory of Mt. Vesuvius.
Sylvia, taking in the view!
On one side: The Bay of Naples in the background
A look into the Original Crater, from our Viewpoint above: Mt. Vesuvius!!