Today was an early day--we met our Pompeii guide at Amalfi main bus stop at 8AM. Rosa had recommended this company -Sunland.it--and it worked beautifully. We took the Pompeii express tour. Alessandra, our guide, was perfectly organized, very informative, and fun. We had headsets furnished by the company for the 2.5 hour tour, and it was about the most any of us could take as it was very hot, dry, and dusty. We visited a cameo factory at the beginning, right at the entrance to Pompeii, but were not pressured to buy and they had nice, clean restrooms. Due to cruise ships being docked in Naples, it was unbelievably crowded, but Alessandra had it all down, buying a group ticket, skipping the lines, and generally marshaling 32 of us around in a lively fashion. We covered a lot of ground and saw many of the high points of Pompeii. Thanks to Rosa again for the good recommendation and reservations. It was also, I think, a bargain at 35E per person. The ride up to Pompeii takes about and hour and a half. We were back by 2PM as promised, even with dropping people at their specific towns so no one had to walk back or bus back from Amalfi.
I've taken 375 pictures and will post a few on this blog, but I need some serious down time for picking them out and haven't had any! I'm not complaining!
Tonight is out last night of sitting on our terrace and going out to eat. I think we are going to try Le Palme in Atrani, our little village. Then I need to call Rosa and confirm our time to leave tomorrow.
The Papa apartment has been a jewel. The housekeeper has come by to ask if we need anything and everyone here has been so nice. We'll miss our Amalfi coast connections! Ciao!