Day 11 – Wednesday, September 20: Flight home or Naples, Pompeii, and Rome, Italy

 

Today was a transition and flight day. Ten in the group flew home on a 7 a.m. flight back to the U.S. (they are expected to arrive back in the States latter today), while four in the group stayed on in Athens for an extended visit of the city. Twenty five of us flew at 8 a.m. to Naples, Italy for our optional extension. We had our first overcast day here in Italy, although temps were around 80. We read from Romans 1 as we left the Athens hotel for the airport.

 

Pompeii

We landed in Naples around 9 a.m. (with the time change). We met Daniella, our agent manager, and drove directly to see the spectacular archaeological ruins of ancient Pompeii. After meeting our local guide Teresa, our tour guide, we began our visit of this famous site.

The city of Pompeii was first established in the 6th century BC. It became a large Roman city about 25,000. In 79 AD, Mt. Vesuvius erupted, causing the entire city instantly. Excavations began as early back as 1748 (through about 1925). Our guide did a wonderful job leading us around this large 168 acre city preserved in time. Among the ruins we saw the theater, the Cardo and Decomanos (the two main streets of the city), numerous frescos, the bathhouse, ovens, fountains, mosiacs, the forum, and the Temples of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva. Of course we also saw a number of casts representing the figures of humans who lost their lives suddenly due to the eruption. Following our visit of the site we enjoyed a late lunch (one fire/oven-baked pizza!) Before heading to Naples.

 
“For 25 of us, we transitioned to our optional extension to Italy. It was a good first day as we flew to Naples and then saw the incredible site of Pompeii! We also saw Puteoli, the port Paul used on his way to Rome (Acts 28).”
Naples Italy Tour 2023 John DeLancey

Naples

Our panoramic bus tour of Naples included a short orientation of the history of city, often known for its centuries of important art and architecture. The city’s cathedral, the Duomo di San Gennaro, is filled with frescoes. Other major landmarks include the lavish Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle. We stopped on one of the seven hills of Naples to see Puteoli, a city mentioned in Acts 28. The Apostle Paul was greeted by fellow believers here when he topped by en route to Rome. It was humbling to see the open waters and bay used by Paul.

After saying goodbye to Teresa and escorted by Daniella, we drove to Rome. We took a road that paralleled the Appian Way, a section or Roman road used by Paul on his entrance into the city.  We arrived at our hotel. Following checking in, we enjoyed a very nice sit-down dinner at 8 p.m. We are looking forward to two full days in Rome.

 

Day 12 – Thursday, September 21: Rome, Vatican & Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain

Theater Pompeii Italy Tour 2023 John DeLancey
Pompeii Italy Tour 2023 John DeLancey
Puteoli Italy Tour 2023 John DeLancey
 Pompeii Italy Tour 2023 John DeLancey
Pompeii Italy Tour 2023 John DeLancey
Naples Italy Tour 2023 John DeLancey

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