But the site of Pompeii is an experience like nothing else. We were transported back into a Roman city frozen in time. The Lonely Planet guide describes it as the premier archeological site in Europe and there seems no reason to doubt that. Unlike most sites that are modified, abandoned and looted, everyday life stopped in Pompeii in an instant in 79 AD, then remained preserved under 8 meters of volcanic ash until the 18th century. The result is a treasure trove of the minutiae of life, such as fast food restaurants, bordello frescoes, and even crosswalks.
After Palermo, Naples seems less gritty than its reputation had us believe. While the traffic is loud and chaotic the city is beautiful in a vibrant way. And this is the home of Pizza.
A pharmacist directed us to her favourite local pizzeria, which coincidentally was where President Clinton also enjoyed his first slice of Napoli’s best. The prices were far from presidential, with the most sublime Margherita pizza costing just 3€!!
Pompeii is the second reason we wanted to come to Naples. We visited the National archeological museum first to see the extensive collection of Roman art from Pompeii, Heraculaneum and other sites. The mosaics and frescos were unbelievable.
Skill testing question for those who know us well. Which of us added the word minutiae, and would this word apply in any way to the following gentleman?