Are you thinking, “They visited Pompeii!” after reading that title? Well, you’d be so close… but no cigar. Indeed, Pompeii was buried by Mt. Vesuvius’ overwhelming eruption in A.D. 79, is right outside of Naples, and is a huge tourist attraction. However, the advice of our guidebook and friends who live around Naples was: “Skip Pompeii–it’s boring, huge, hot, and there isn’t much to see–and go to Herculaneum instead.” Our guidebook said Herculaneum was a smaller town near Pompeii that was also buried by the same eruption of Vesvius, but it was discovered later and better excavated, thus meaning there is much more to see. As “visit Pompeii” was never on our bucket list of life, we swapped one out for the other.
Later that evening we arrived in Amalfi, one of the most famous little towns on the Amalfi Coast. By then I was carsick from the winding road but so in love with the area! The sun was setting as we moved into our little 2-bedroom apartment and gazed out from our balcony at the peaceful town, quiet beach, and crystal clear blue water. More photos tomorrow….