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  Emily demonstrating how Pompei's streets worked.  The inner part was for carts and trash.  The stepping stones she is standing on were used for pedestrians to cross without getting their feet in the muck that flowed down the middle.  Wagon axles were of a regulated width so that the wheels would fit between the gaps in the stones. Us in Pompei. Niko in Pompei's Forum. Plaster cast of someone who died in the explosion. Decapitated Jupiter peeking out from the temple at the end of the forum.  

  Slightly zoomed out picture of the temple. Bath in Pompei.  Check out the raised horses running along the circular rim. Inside of the recently restored bath house.  Fantastic. Detailed view of the wall in the bath house. Famous mosaic, saying,  

  Roman fast food.  These circular wells served as insulators for jugs of food.  They would be dished out and eaten on the run by busy citizens of Pompei. Niko being silly at the fast food joint. Niko being sillier at the fast food joint. Massive gates of Pompei, with a view to Mount Vesuvius. Another shot of Emily standing atop the crosswalk stones.  

  Reproduction of the famous Alexander mosaic, found in the floor of a particularly wealthy family's home. Local baker. Niko being silly at local baker. Neat decoration in some home.  

  Decorations at the local brothel.  A passing tour guide suggested these were a menu of sorts for illiterate or foreign customers, but I guess that's just speculation. More decorations at local brothel.  An old Italian women instructed Emily and I More decorations at local brothel. Temple, but I forgot to whom. Preserved writing on the wall.  Probably an ad.  

  More preserved writing.  This stuff fascinated me. Preserved fresco and garden.  Amazing. Temple to Neptune, I believe.  Near the Forum. Harbor at Sorrento, where we caught a boat to Naples. Fantastic castle in Naples.  

  Massive central square in Naples.  There was some sort of protest going on, though those people in front are not participants.  It's just such a big square that you can have a (granted, small-ish) protest in one part and take a picture where it's not even visible. Naples.  The building in front is part of (or at least connected to) the antique shopping center you'll see in the next photo. Beautiful antique shopping center.  Why can't they build 'em like this now? Us in shopping center. Downtown Naples street.  

  Pizza from a random hole in the wall in Naples.  Pretty much all we ate (not by choice, it's just all there was!) It was, however, delicious.  No doubt the best place to get pizza (well, Rome was pretty good, too). Funky baker riding some sort of ball. Mandonella with view of Naples backstreets. Dryers are not much in use, as you can see. Cheap artichokes!  Mmmm. View of Sorrento village at night.  

  View from the road running along the Amalfi coast. View of Positano. Emily squeezing out of car as we stop to snap a picture.  Not a lot of spare space on those roads. View from road. Village of Amalfi.  

  Amalfi. Duomo of Amalfi.  Much more spectacular than we expected. Us in front of Amalfi Duomo. Classy photo of a classy fountain. Atrani.  

  View of Amalfi as we walked back from Atrani. Narrow streets of the mountain village Ravello, where Gore Vidal and other writers made their home. View from the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello.  The Villa was an amazing garden; it was built by some Englishman, I believe, who bought it after his wife died and transformed it into a beautiful refuge filled with fantastic views and statues of Roman gods. The Terrace of Infinity at Villa Cimbrone. The Terrace of Infinity at Villa Cimbrone.  

  Entranceway to the Terrace of Infinity. The only good picture of a lizard we ever managed to take. Dionysius with a little boy.  The lighting was, um, challenging, but I kind of like how it came out. The so-called Detail of an antique font in the tea room.  

  Tower and gardens at the Villa. David after vanquishing Goliath. Cloister. Hi, Emily! I don't really know what's going on with these dudes, but I loved the way the stone and porcelain was all mixed together.  They're probably disciples or something.  

  Old English chieftans, I think.  I loved this carving. Beautiful, vine-covered garden at the entrance to the Villa. View from our hotel. Temples at Paestum, a one-time Greek settlement named for Poseidon, later romanized. Remains of the Roman bath at Paestum.  I guess it's been buried in the meantime  

  You may think there are a lot of photos of temples, but if you saw how many I purged, you'd know what a lot truly is. Last temple, I promise. Okay, I lied.  But this one is really the last! Cool painting found inside a coffin at Paestum.  The dive is thought to symbolize the transition from life into the still waters of death.  That or the dude was a diver.  

  A symposium.  The rest of the photos are other cool paintings.  So if that doesn't interest you, stop now!  This was a Greek painting. The remaining paintings were done by another culture (Oscan, perhaps?) which imitated the Greeks, but were not considered to have achieved the same level of sophistication.  But I thought they were quite nice in any case.  

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