After Rome, the group made the journey to the second stop of the trip – Naples! Naples had a totally different feel from Rome so we were all interested in getting to know this new area.
Our first stop in Naples was Herculaneum. Herculaneum is one of the oldest ruins left after Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. We had a blast walking around the ruins and seeing their homes and businesses. One of the coolest parts of the ruins was the bathhouse. The bathhouse was a super elaborate building with changing rooms for both males and females, different rooms like the frigitarium and tepidarium with different temperatures of the bath water, and gorgeous mosaics lining it all.
After that we went to the MAV mueseum which was an interactive museum that allowed our class a glance on the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. We got to wear 3D glasses and stand on a moving platform to watch a video to watch a detailed video before and after the eruption. Then we walked through an exhibit to learn more about the life and culture of the people who lived in Herculaneum.
After the afternoon free to explore, most of us gathered right before sunset to head to Castel Nuovo which was right down the street from our hotel. We were able to watch the sunset from the top of this amazing castle. The view of the Naples harbor is certainly one we will always remember!
The next morning we went to the archeological museum to see more tools that people in both Pompeii and Herculaneum used in their day to day lives. We also viewed mosaics and learned that mosaics were used to give people directions since many couldn’t read/didn’t speak the same language. For example, a mosiac of a dog could be translated to “cave canem” or beware of the dog.
Our last stop was Capo di Monte which was a summer home for 18th century French aristocrats. It was absolutely stunning and we were all in awe of the ceilings and chandeliers. We also were able to see some works of medieval art that we learned a lot about in class.
The trip to Naples was short but it was full of beautiful views, incredible works of art and of course delicious pizza!