Itinerary for optional trip to Naples and Pompeii
Day 8. Wednesday April 3: Travel to Naples: Catacombs of San Gennaro, Basilica of San Gennaro Extra Moenia, The Archaeological Museum of Naples Morning: Travel to Naples via high speed train (about 9 euros) for a tour of the famous Catacombs of San Genarro , which date to the second century CE. Here we discover the frescos of Bitalia and Cerula. These two “Women of the Word” are portrayed in an orans (prayer) position with four gospel texts above their heads. ( http://www.catacombedinapoli.it/it/luoghi/catacombe-di-san-gennaro-napoli) 1 hour guided tour ca. 9 euro (need to find out about group prices), open 10am-5pm Optional: Tour the nearby fifth century Basilica of San Gennaro Extra Moenia (http://www.campaniacrbc.it/portal/generaDettaglio.do?idPagina=20H674&tipoScheda=LC) The Archaeological Museum of Naples. (https://www.museoarcheologiconapoli.it/en/) ...or spend the rest of the day enjoying Neapolitan culture and cuisine.
Day 9. Thursday April 4: Day trip from Naples to Pompei and Herculaneum and back to Naples. Once buried under a blanket of ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD, the city of Pompei wasn’t unearthed until the 18th century. We will explore the city where Eumachia and Julia Felix ran successful businesses, including a tour of Julia Felix’s large estate.
In the coastal town of Ercolana and the ruins of Herculaneum, forty percent of the dedicatory statues in the theater and forum areas are of women. Though Pompeii is more widely-known, Herculaneum hosts a wealth of archaeological treasures. Explore ancient monuments, preserved mosaics and fossils nearly 2,000 years old.
Note from Sr. Chris: This part of the tour focuses on visiting the two main archaeological sites of the region: Pompeii and Herculaneum, the ancient roman cities swept away by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Considered of great importance for the Roman Empire, they were at their social and economic peak at the time of the disaster. The main difference between the two places is that Pompeii was a bustling city, gateway for merchants and travelers, while the latter was more of a residential village for aristocrats and intellectuals. Stop along the way to a local factory to learn more about the process of Cameos (carved sea shells) and Corals craft.
Lunch break to a local restaurant with a 3 course tourist menu, drinks not included.
Take bus back to Naples. Final gathering and wrap up. Dinner on your own.
Day 10 Friday April 5: Fly home