Joe had arranged for the four of us to have a private tour guide for 10 hours on Saturday. He took us to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, which also included the towns of Amalfi and Positano. Our driver picked us up from the hotel and whisked us away to the ruins of Pompeii. Here, we met Gaetano Manfredi for a private tour of the ruins. This guy is the best of the best and has been on numerous television travel shows including Rick Steves. We were able to tour restricted areas that other people and other tour guides were not allowed to enter... not bad at all!
|Original mosaic tile and wall.|
|A mold of a person.|
|Stepping stones to cross the street.|
We couldn't believe the preservation of the city after all of this time! When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, Pompeii was buried under ash and pumice and it was lost for nearly 1700 years until it was discovered accidentally in 1749. The eruption preserved the city exactly how it was on the day. Incredible. I remember watching "Pompeii: The Last Day" a long time ago and thought the same thing... incredible. But this time we got to experience it in person:)
|In front of the waterfall fountain.|
|In the forum.|