Please note that this blog will appear in two parts as there are so many photographs that it would be impossible to load the full file in a reasonable time frame. Part 1 covers the first day of our recent two day trip.
Last week, CCI students and Faculty travelled south for a two day trip.
Departing early on Thursday morning, our first stop was La Reggia, a palace built in the mid-1700’s by Charles III, the King of Naples. It was designed to impress visitors and rival the Palace of Versailles. Everything from the grounds, the long drive leading to the entrance, the grandiose entrance hallway and staircase, the 1200 rooms and the magnificent series of stocked ponds offset by the sculptures depicting scenes from mythology leaves one amazed by its grandeur.
We then boarded the bus for our next stop. The returning students visited Herculaneum while the new students toured Pompeii. Both towns were devastated by the 79 AD eruption of Mt. Vesuvius which still dominates the skyline today.
Herculaneum was a small town that was covered by flows of pyroclastic rock to an average height of approximately 16 m. Excavations here have been done in modern times. Archeologists have limited access to the old town as they believe that a good portion of it is buried under the modern town.
Pompeii an ancient and rich Roman city was destroyed and buried under 6 meters of pumice and ash. For 1700 years it was a lost if not legendary city before being accidentally discovered in 1749 when the people of the day were building an aqueduct.
Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site that provides thousands of modern visitors an appreciation of the level of sophistication of ancient Roman art, politics and culture.
[Click on the 'next post' link below to see Part 2.]