Our good friends from Sydney, Kelly and Kenny came over to attend The Man’s graduation ceremony, as well as to enjoy a mini holiday 🙂
It was Kenny’s first trip to Europe and him being a huge architectural and history buff, we went to most of the must-see sites in Rome, Naples and the ancient city of Pompeii. Obviously we ate our way through these places as well!
“What we do in life echoes in eternity” – Maximus, The Gladiator (love this movie!!)
This timeless marvel sat through centuries of blood and gore, when men battled men and also battled beasts. It is amazing that it is still standing in the centre of Rome in the midst of modern hustle and bustle. I would love to go through the underground labyrinths, where the gladiators and beasts waited for their turns at life and death.
We had lunch at Caffe Propaganda through the recommendation of a friend and conveniently located close to the Colosseum. It was very good! The tiramisu was to die for.
The land of pizzas, coffee and all things sweet. We had all of them but were too busy eating to take photos! One of the must-eat items is the graffa (fried doughnut) from Chalet Ciro. So fluffy! So light! So yuuuum!
We spent a whole morning visiting the Naples Underground, 40m below the animated streets of the historic centre of Naples. This was the highlight of the trip for me – walking through the caverns used to form water reservoirs which water was diverted from the main aqueducts, dug by Ancient Greeks more than 2,500 years ago.
In World War II, many of the caverns were used as air raid shelters. It hid many of Naples’ residents, including the scugnizzi – a term used for the street kids who fought for the liberation of their city. It was said that they were the heroes of the war.
Another remarkable site not to be missed. A lot of the areas have been closed off but with the help of an audio guide, it helps bring to life of what the city and its people were like before the volcanic disaster.