Trip Planning History of Naples History of Pompeii Viking Star Overview Photos

    Trip Planning

This is the second stop on our cruise around the Mediterranean. We were just in Rome and our second stop is in Naples. Then to Sicily to celebrate my 78th birthday!

I have been lucky enough to see many of the special places on my bucket list but when I was in Italy in 1984 I was just in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan but missed Naples. I did see the Coliseum in Rome. I now get to see Naples and Pompeii! Here are some of the places and things I have seen over my travels. I still have a few more on my bucket list and hope to see them in the future!

  • Pompeii
  • Coliseum
  • Great Wall
  • Abu Simble
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Hermitage
  • Parthenon
  • Blue Mosque
  • Moai Statues
  • Chichen Itza
  • Pyramid of the Sun
  • Pyramids of Tikal
  • Buddhist Borobudur Temple
  • Temple of the Reclining Buddha
  • Macchu Picchu
  • Angkor Wat Ruins
  • Table Mountain
  • Blarney Castle
  • Atlas Mountains
  • Spanish Riding Club
  • Wai-o-Tapu Thermals
  • National Orchid Garden
  • Grand Cayman Turtle Farm
  • Italy
  • Italy
  • China
  • Southern Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Russia
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Easter Island
  • Mexico
  • Mexico
  • Quatemala
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • Cambodia
  • South Africa
  • Ireland
  • Morocco
  • Austria
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Grand Cayman
  • Patagonia
  • Iguazu Falls
  • Grand Canal in Venice
  • Tower of London
  • Victoria Falls
  • Zambezi River Cruise
  • Blue Mosque
  • Yangtze River Cruise
  • Amazon River Cruise
  • Volcano Arenal
  • Arecibo Radio Telescope
  • Bay of Pigs
  • Chao Phraya River Cruise
  • Ha Long Bay Cruise
  • Panama Canal Cruise
  • Mississippi River Cruise
  • Zaanse Schans Windmills
  • Colonia del Sacramento
  • El Castillo
  • Dunn's River Falls
  • Orient Express to Vienna
  • Hubbard Glacier
  • Paradise Island
  • Argentina
  • Argentina
  • Italy
  • England
  • Zambia
  • Zambia
  • Turkey
  • China
  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • Puerto Rico
  • Cuba
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Panama
  • U.S.A.
  • Netherlands
  • Uruguay
  • Nicaragua
  • Jamaica
  • Hungary
  • Alaska
  • Bahamas

    History of Naples


The city of Naples was founded by the Ancient Greeks, who settled in southern Italy. Soon Naples became a busy and important port. However the Romans conquered Naples in 326 BC. Under Roman rule the port of Naples continued to thrive and rich Romans built holiday villas on the nearby coast. However during a Roman civil war in 88-82 BC a man named Sulla and his forces occupied Naples and massacred many of the inhabitants. Yet with the return of peace Naples flourished again. In the 4th century the Roman Empire split in two. Then in the 5th century AD the western half of the Roman Empire was invaded and it ended completely in 476 AD. Italy was left in the hands of Germanic peoples.

However the eastern half of the Roman Empire survived. (We know it as the Byzantine Empire). The Byzantines were determined to recapture southern Italy. In 536 AD they laid siege to and captured Naples. It then became a duchy with a duke. Gradually Byzantine rule weakened and in 645 a native Neapolitan named Basilio became duke of Naples. In the following centuries Naples thrived and trade with other places around the Mediterranean flourished.       Read More........

    History of Pompeii

Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples, in the Campania region of Italy, in the territory of the comune of Pompei.

Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

Researchers believe that the town was founded in the 7th or 6th century BC by the Osci or Oscans. It came under the domination of Rome in the 4th century BC, and was conquered and became a Roman colony in 80 BC after it joined an unsuccessful rebellion against the Roman Republic. By the time of its destruction, 160 years later, its population was estimated at 11,000 people, and the city had a complex water system, an amphitheatre, a gymnasium, and a port.      Read More........

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   Viking Star Overview

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  Day 3 - Pompeii

    Drive through Naples and Tour Pompeii

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Tour of Pompeii

Stroll the streets, explore the residences and squares, and glimpse life in this city frozen in time. In 79 AD when Mt. Vesuvius erupted, Pompeii was buried under 20 feet of ash.

Excavation has revealed with astounding precision exactly what life was like on that day. During your guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will walk ancient cobblestone warrens past baths, temples, an amphitheater and the forum—public buildings once teeming with life.

Peer into the mansions of the wealthy and the more modest homes of the working class. See remarkable plaster casts of victims, anchored to the moment of catastrophe: a mother protecting her child, a dog tied to its chain. As you explore, your guide will describe a typical day in Pompeii. At tour’s end, you will have free time to explore.

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Chuck's Photo Created on: 2017.06.30  

Updated on: 2017.01.24