To say Pompeii is crowded is like saying Louis the XIV built a nice little chateau. Yet, despite the hordes of slack jawed tourists obediently following their masters holding aloft tiny placards and the fact that parts are, as usual, closed for restoration, the place is amazing. We all know the story so I won’t go into details. Simply put, it is the most evocative Roman site I’ve seen after the Forum in Rome. For me, seeing the chariot wheel ruts in the ancient stone streets and getting up close to a brick column, covered in fine aggregate concrete then marble plaster brought the place to life.
However, a couple of hours of sun and hordes was all we could take so it was back to Sorrento, espresso and some down time. Tonight we’ll try a favorite of locals near our hotel for dinner, Ristorante Verdemare.