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Pompeii & Herculaneum / Positano


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Pompeii and Herculaneum

Thursday, May 30
Today was an optional day trip to Herculaneum and Pompeii which our whole group decided to do. Both cities were devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 and give us a fascinating insight into Roman life. The UNESCO-listed city of Pompeii has been almost perfectly preserved in volcanic ash, sitting unchanged since the time of the eruption. It was about an hour drive to Pompeii and we had a tour guide take us through the main sites for about two hours.

After a quick lunch break, we went to Herculaneum to continue with our tour for a couple of hours. Herculaneum is another town preserved by the eruption, where we could see roofs, beds and doors, as well as organic-based items such as food and papyrus, as they once were centuries ago.

Walk of the Gods to Positano

Friday, May 31
The grand finale of our Amalfi coast walking tour was to be the Walk of the Gods. Regarded as one of the greatest coastal walks in the world, this hike delivers some of the most breathtaking views of the southern Italian coast. Unfortunately, after a week of great weather and sunshine, today was a cloudy day and there was nothing to see at the beginning of the hike. We followed the high cliff path as it contoured west from Bomerano, opening to views of the Bay of Salerno and Capri. Passing under limestone cliffs and above an old stone farmhouse, we eventually reached the village of Nocelle. The views started getting better.

From there, we started our descent down a lengthy ancient stairway into Positano. Once a poor fishing village, Positano has gained popularity and is now a must-visit spot. This was my last day of counting steps ... 1350 steps down. Today's walk covered 11 kilometres/6.8 miles with a total ascent of 330 metres/1,083 feet and descent of 900 metres/2,953 feet. The rain held off until we got to Positano. We checked out a few shops and Claire and I went for more lemon delight at another posh restaurant on the beach.

I almost lost my hiking poles today. As we were heading back to catch the bus, I realized I was missing something and discovered I had left my poles in the last shop where I made a purchase. I made a quick dash back there and fortunately, they were still there. I was getting tired of carrying them around, but they sure came in handy and I may still need them on my next tour!

Tonight, we had our farewell dinner and said our goodbyes. This really was a spectacular tour, despite some of the more difficult hikes, but they were so worthwhile. We had a fun group with an great leader.

Posted by liztravels 21:22 Archived in Italy

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Those hikes sound brutal. If you weren't in shape you must be now.

by Rhonda

Yes, they definitely were! Unfortunately, I still don't feel like I'm in much better shape after all of that.

by liztravels

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