Weather was perfect for walking around town, a
little cloudy but cool. Our first visit was to the National Archeological
Museam which essentially houses all the important art from Pompeii and
Herculaneum. In fact during the centuries of unearthing the site they
decided to cut the paintings from the wall. frame them and move them to a safe
place, now the museum. To get to the museum we took the local Metro
(subway), actuallly efficient. Just keep in mind that Naples is not the
most upscale city and does have its issues. However, I worked in Newark
New Jersey for 12 years and this is not that bad. Litter and graffiti are
an issue but even Zurich has grafitti. By the way Pompeii wall also
contain original grafitti from slogans, to election comments to pictures.
So the Naples grafitti has historical roots.
I will not fill in too much about the art works in
the museum. Most of the items can be found on the internet. However
the museum is very well managed an is something to be proud of for the
Example of the wall paintings that were cut out,
framed in wood and relocated.
Assumed to be not a portrait of a real person but
more of a _expression_ of a women engrossed in thought.
Just a few of the many statues
Some of these are just huge, three times my
height. I do not know why she is pointing at the ball in her
After the museum we went into the old part of the
city. Even today it is a mix of ancient and new. Narrow streets, old
cobblestone, old great buildings hidden behind newer structures.
Typical old town street.
This was almost hidden from view on the