The Vatican Museum in Rome is still the favourite museum of the elder Barrs– the kids not so much. Jenn first fell in love with it at the age of 23 when she did her first Western Europe back packing experience. She couldn’t believe what they had in the museum, and Trevor said he could have spent a lot more time there. He said he could barely explain in words how incredible it was.There are priceless works of art, collected by the popes or often expressly commissioned by them. More than 70,000 pieces are on exhibition in over 42,000 square meters, with another 50,000 pieces preserved in the vaults and storerooms. Like Trevor told me: forget about seeing everything in a single visit: it simply can’t be done.
The most sought-after stop on the Vatican Museum trail is without doubt the Sistine Chapel, however every room is rich in history and precious examples of life from every era. From the first moment you enter the Vatican museums, you start to feel like a part of history that is being written here. Although the Vatican museums are becoming touristic places more and more, if you just ignore that fact and let yourself be overwhelmed by numerous pieces of art that are displayed here, certainly you will have an unforgettable experience.
The region (coastal strip) between Naples and Sorrento is serviced by a local light rail like operation with 4 lines. But it is really several small coastal towns linked. Jenn asked a local taxi driver there if he was from here and he said no. She asked where he was from, and he said about 2kms from there.
Of course since we are still in Italy, we need more food photos. Real Italian pizza is usually made with more herbs and spices to make it unique. They also seem to put on many more toppings. There is almost no similarity to her. REAL Italian pizza will make your mouth water when you see it BEFORE its cooked. So what do we want to do now? Eat Pizza?
How about some homework in lovely Italy or some glamping? Heck no! Let’s go to Pompeii!
It was lunch time in the ancient Italian city of Pompeii. Vesuvius, the nearby volcano, was about to begin 19 hours of spectacular eruptions. All the people in the 600-year-old town of 20,000 could have escaped. There had been time to flee. But in 79 A.D., no one recognized the inherent danger of the mountain’s warnings.
By the time Vesuvius stopped belching poisonous gas, the bustling city of Pompeii was silent, completely buried by volcanic ash and debris. It remained silent for 1700 years.
The people in Pompeii and Herculaneum were taken by complete surprise when the volcano erupted. However, the signs were there in the form of a series of earthquakes. In 63 AD, a massive earthquake shook the region, and damage from the earthquake was still being repaired when Mt. Vesuvius erupted 16 years later.
At that time, around 20,000 people — manufacturers, merchants, and farmers — lived in Pompeii, and another 5,000 lived in Herculaneum. The region was a popular summer tourist destination, and there were some smaller towns and resort areas as well. Many of the people who did not flee when the eruption started were buried alive by ash and other molten material. It is estimated that about 16,000 people died in the eruption.
Normally after a natural disaster, cities are rebuilt, but not this time. Apparently the damage was so extensive and the effect of the tragedy so great that no attempts were made to reoccupy the area. Looters, however, did return to Pompeii, digging tunnels through the ash and debris and making away with many of the city’s riches.
Historians believe that Pompeii was buried under 14 to 17 feet of ash and pumice. In 1748 when explorers examined the site, they found that the volcanic ash had acted as a preservative, and many of the buildings and even the skeletons and remnants of city life were still intact. This city frozen in time has provided historians with a glimpse into what life was like in ancient Rome, and more than 1,000 casts have been made of recovered bodies that were preserved in the ash. The city of Herculaneum was less fortunate — it was buried under more than 60 feet of mud and other volcanic material.
In the 18th century, it became popular for western art, theater, and architecture to draw on Ancient Greece and Rome for inspiration. Scholars believe that this movement, called neoclassicism, was heavily influenced by the excavation of Pompeii.
The only active volcano in mainland Europe, Mt. Vesuvius is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. It is a complex stratovolcano, which is a highly scenic and highly deadly type of volcano. Stratovolcanos have gentle lower slopes, and then rise steeply toward the peak. Their eruptions are explosive and involve pyroclastic flows, which are fast-moving currents of fluidized rock and gases. Mt. Vesuvius is located on the western coast of Italy, making and cities and towns such as Naples highly vulnerable to destruction in an eruption
Mt. Vesuvius is still considered an active volcano. The most recent eruption occurred in 1944, and experts believe that a massive eruption could happen again soon, posing potential danger to the more than 2 million people who now live in the area.
Be careful Trevor!
We don’t want to get the volcano riled up!
Oops! Too late!
Actually, this is the black sand beach called Positano on the Almafi coast. Positano has been a welcome beach retreat since the days of Roman nobility and even the ancient Greeks. Looks like fun!
Stay tuned to next week where we are headed to Greece with the Barr family.
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Part 1- Travels with Trevor Barr–The Overture
Part 2- Travels with Trevor Barr Sous La Ciel De France
Part 3- Running with the Barrs through Spain
Part 5-Travels With Trevor Barr — Postcards from Venice –Part 5
Part 6-We’re Off Running Again in Italy – Travels With Trevor Barr and Family