(Location: Pompeii, Italy)

(In 2000, I was commuting from Raleigh to Austin for work most weeks. Due to corporate policies, this meant flying via Dallas or Chicago, and usually home on Thursday nights. Most weeks, flights were overbooked and the airline would ask for volunteers to take another flight in exchange for a voucher. After a few weeks of playing this game, I had accumulated enough for two round trip tickets to Italy.)

With only two days in Rome, it was probably crazy to add in a side trip to Pompeii.


Mount Vesuvius Italian Coastline Sorrento
Pompeii Pompeii Pompeii

We took the train from Rome to Naples (horrendous – stuck in a smoking car), and then changed trains to Sorrento. It was a very long day, but worth the effort for sure.

Next stop: Florence