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Herculaneum and Naples

ancient city, antica pizzeria

sunny 32 °C

Monday saw us again head north around the bay on the Circumvesuviana train, stopping first at Herculaneum, then on to Naples.

Herculaneum is, like Pompeii, a first-century AD city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius. Unlike Pompeii, much of the decorations to the houses and buildings have been left intact, due to its more recent discovery. Typical of what's there is this fresco from the building that housed the Augustali, cult devoted to the divinity of the Roman emperors:

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On from Herculaneum, we continued to Naples, chaotic but beautiful city in Vesuvius' shadow. The main attraction was the National Archaeological Museum, which houses the treasures recovered from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other local sites. Here's Allison with a statue of a pig from Pompeii:

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After all that history, we went for something slightly more modern -- pizzas from Da Michele, serving up pizzas in Naples since 1873, and self-proclaimed 'original pizzeria.'

It was a long walk there from the museum...

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...but it was worth it:

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Posted by elefantstn 01:20 Archived in Italy Tagged tourist_sites

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