From Rome to Sorrento via Pompeii

Posted on January 18th, 2011 by

Today, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, was a busy day of travel from Rome to Naples where the Gustavus contingent had a delicious Italian lunch of gnocchi, pork, and dessert followed by a guided tour of Pompeii.

For those of you who don’t know, Pompeii is arguably one of the most important archeological sites in the world. Hundreds of years have been spent uncovering this ancient Roman city that was buried by volcanic ash from Mt. Vesuvius. The eruption surprised the city’s inhabitants and they were buried alive, suffocated, and died.

Gustavus students walk around the forum area of the ancient city of Pompeii, which was buried by the erupting volcano Mt. Vesuvius.

The day didn’t end there.  It was back on the buses — named Leonardo and Michelangelo — driven by professional Austrian bus driver Alex and Yorg. The bus drivers’ skills are much needed in Italy in general as guides Elizabetta and Mauro point out: in Italian culture, traffic regulations are just guidelines.  But today superb driving skills were a must to lead the buses up the very narrow, winding coastal roads to reach the beautiful seaside resort town of Sorrento.

This town is built into and upon a coastal cliff — it is one that is often shown in movies that have an Italian plot or setting.



  1. Bradley Abell says:

    Enjoy sorrento g choir, it is absolutely beautiful.

  2. Michelle Williams says:

    Thank you so much for doing this blog. As parents, it is fun to follow along day by day. What an experience for all of you!

  3. Scott Moore says:

    The size of Pompeii surprised Brenda and I when we were there. How I wish we could be there with you now, especially when it’s so cold here.