Our first stop on the cruise was to Naples, Italy. We booked an excursion offered by the cruiseline (my very first excursion experience) and took a private boat cruise along the Amalfi coast which was really beautiful. All of the buildings stacked along the shoreline was very picturesque. The boat took us to the town of Amalfi where we docked for a few hours and did some exploring and shopping. I was able to test out my new point and shoot camera that Jared got me as an early Christmas present. Having a nice DSLR professional camera is great but it's a bear when it comes to taking self portraits so I was happy to have a pocket-size camera for the trip! My husband is way too good to me! :)
Jared and I along the Amalfi Coast
one of the many little shops in Amalfi
Us in front of St. Andrew's Cathedral in Amalfi, Italy.
another view of the Amalfi coast
From there we took the boat back along the coast and then hopped on a tour bus for a scenic drive to Pompeii. For those who may not know, Pompeii is an ancient Roman city that was destroyed and completely buried during an eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Touring the ancient city was fascinating. There were some plaster casts of a few of the victims that were discovered. It was a sobering sight because it captured the tragedy of literally being buried alive by the ash and lava. Some of the ruins that were uncovered still looked very well intact and our tour guide gave some very interesting historic details along the way.
City of Pompeii with Mt. Vesuvius in the background
inside one of the homes in Pompeii
Plaster casts of some of the victims at Pompeii
We couldn't go to Naples - the home of the very first pizza - and not have a slice...so we ended our day by enjoying a giant slice of pepperoni pizza! Not a bad way to start our travels! :)
Next stop...Turkey! There is a lot of history to share from our visit to Ephesus, Turkey in Part III of our anniversary cruise. It was probably our favourite part of the trip. If you missed Part I of our Anniversary Cruise adventures you can check out that blog post HERE.