N = Naples
I had a very quick stop in Naples, so I had to pack a lot in a very short time. Cruise ships dock very close – you can walk off the ship and right into the city and to some amazing sites – or just stroll to the beach! It is very easy to take a boat to one of the nearby islands, including Capri. The train station is also easy to get to, if you want to go to Pompeii for the day (Hint: Bring water when going to Pompeii! Walking around this very large site can make you very thirsty.)
One of my favorite places in Naples is the Archaeological Museum (and yes, if you saw my post on Malta or Santorini, you can tell I like to look at old stuff). The museum has much of the artwork from Pompeii, including some of the erotica that is collected in the Secret Cabinet or Secret Room. The day I went was very nice – very few people and it was cool compared to the temperatures outside. The bus I needed to take back to the ship never seemed to come, so I grabbed a taxi back to the ship and met a very friendly driver who told me more about Naples and places to go.
Here are some of my favourite pictures, starting with the museum.
I did not know that is where the Artemis from Efesus was…now I have to go back!
This particular version is from there. The archaeological museum near Ephesus has 2 very beautiful statues of her. Her temple there was so large that parts of it were used to build many buildings in the region, including an early Christian church, a Knights Templars fort and a 14th century mosque.