Day 4 – another travel day. We packed up last night, got up early and headed to the train station. Sadly, Bar Tavernusa was not open this morning for the awesome pastries we had gotten the previous 2 days – so we tried another place and they were still pretty good. We managed to catch the 8:26 Circumvesuviana train toward Naples. It was a much different experience this morning with the school and work travel than it was mid afternoon over the weekend.
Instead of taking the train straight through to Naples, we decided to stop and tour Pompeii en route. We arrived at Pompeii a few minutes after nine and ended up following a self-guided tour, with some modifications, from one of our guidebooks. Melissa was interested in the ruins, but also very much enjoyed her own personal stray dog safari. Seriously though, Pompeii was very cool. It’s amazing how well preserved things are, and some of the technology that they utilized almost 2000 years ago is amazing. It was a good thing we got there early, because by the time we headed out around noon the place was crawling with huge tour groups.
After leaving Pompeii it was back on the train to Naples. We made a small error in train stops and ended up having to walk through Naples a bit, but it only amounted to a ten minute detour that ultimately had no effect on our catching our train to Rome. We did encounter some gypsies in the Naples train station who were all too willing to assist us in getting our tickets. Apparently my Italian is crappy, but my facial expressions cross language barriers and I managed to shoe them away pretty quickly. We ended up taking the 14:31 train out of Naples to Termini station in Rome. I have had enough of trains for the time being, so we’re working on maybe doing a bus for our next travel day. Our train arrived at Termini station pretty much right on time, around 17:10.
A short walk and a little frustration with a poor map, and we were at the Hotel Aberdeen before 6pm. We walked around a bit trying to find a Roma Pass, but apparently all of Rome is out of them. We were told this at the airport, but thought we would check a few of the small vendors anyway (As I post this from the little Wi-FI area, Melissa is on the phone in the room trying to work some things out).
Tomorrow it’s up early again and off to the Colosseum in the morning. We will probably also try to hit the Spanish Steps and the Trevi fountain.