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Easy Capri-zee

Hello everyone,

It’s incredibly late here in Sorrento, so we will make this brief. This has been (from the whispers of the boys) the most enjoyable day of the tour so far. We started out early with the usual thirty boys raiding the thinly supplied breakfast buffet. By 7:30 any evidence of the presence of food had vanished, and we prepared for a grandè walk on the island of Capri. Before the fun could start we voyaged across the Mediterranean ferrying to the island. Jaws dropped at the views of the island once we arrived. Clear skies and the Sun perched high the above the peaks of Capri promised a good day filled with sunburn. We scaled the mountain luckily not by foot but by a cable car. Again high on the balconies of Italian villas the cameras were flashing from every boy. The boys clearly distracted by the beautiful island and American tourists slowed our progress but eventually we started to trek up to the Villa Jovis. Not naming any names but map difficulties were encountered but eventually we persevered through the steep steps and sweat to make it to the 334m peak which felt like every boys Everest. The Emperor Tiberius’s love of luxury became clear as we walked through ruins of the once indulgent villa, a remarkably massive estate of the Ancient Roman Emperor.

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View over the Villa Jovis

 

Enthusiastic about the downhill trip Tim Latif sparked into song resonating around the island and made the Newington presence known on the island

 

After the boys split for a earned lunch break the journey continued and we moved to the harbour for a hour boat trip.  Circling the island we finally stopped and the long awaited swim lit every eye. Everyone quickly on cue flung themselves into the water enjoying the deep blue water. Boys started to flip from the boat and Mr Chambers took this opportunity to try and do the same but fell and had a rather uncomfortable landing followed by a loud slap. The boys made sure Sir did not forget that.

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After the long swim the staff let us venture by ourselves to look around for themselves. We saw many uncomfortable boys not use to the hard pebble beaches walking awkwardly on barefeet. Although was no Bondi the water was great and the Italians packed the beach adding to the local experience. Others took the opportunity to converse with the locals or again got caught up with the American tourists. Tom Lance managed to spend money to buy matching hats and others sunburnt retreated to shade and ate gelato.

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Tim drinking his orange juice

 

By the end of the day lots of sad faces were seen when we had to leave Capri, many were considering a permanent move to the island. All the boys clearly loving the island and not ready to leave talked of future trips back there but the ferry would not wait any longer so we boarded and left. This spelled end of a great a day filled with Sun, swimming, food and history but mostly importantly American Tourists.

By (mainly) Callum and (somewhat) Marcus

 

 

 

Naples, Herculaneum and SuperMario (not the video game character)

Hello everybody,

Its been a really long day and instead of giving you a longwinded essay of what we did today, we’ve decided to save ourselves (and you) the trouble and just give you the highlights. By way of a brief overview, we visited the excavated ruins of Herculaneum with our tour guide Mario and proceeded onto the Archaeological museum located in Naples which exhibited preserved items from the remains of both Pompeii and Herculaneum. But here are the best things:

– (Super) Mario the infamous tour guide that showed us around the ancient ruins of Herculaneum, he was slow off the mark but loved by all

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– Kenn and Finn (2 self-proclaimed alpha males) getting cornered by numerous Italian women + a confused Italian gentleman

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– Everyone exhausted but happy in front of the archaeological museum located in Naples

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– A part of the archaeological museum that everyone found interesting to say the least  . . . .

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– Mr Chambers and the latin boys flaunting their supposed translation skills

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– Mr Chambers content after parading his latin prowess

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– The boys engaging in a discussion about Hercules in the archaeological museum in Naples

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– Observing the some 300 skeletons found in the boat sheds where people hid during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, it was a rare treat to see these skeletons on public display

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– Walking through the semi-preserved  homes of Herculaneum that were buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD

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Pompeii

With a relatively early breakfast at 7:30AM, we packed and were ready to go, with Tom Lance and I making our presentation about Pompeii in the foyer of the hotel before we departed for the station, having a quick stop to buy water and fruit. Having caught the train, we arrived at the Pompeii station(‘Pompei Scavi’) at approximately 9:30AM.

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After a short walk, we arrived to the site of Pompeii and were introduced to our guide Vincenzo, who gave a short introduction before we left for the amphitheater.

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After we left the amphitheater, we walked among the streets, discussing how they were preserved so well and the techniques of archaeology in the past. We worked our way to the Garden of Fugitives, which displayed a number of preserved plaster casts of human remains.

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Vincenzo led us through various side streets, discussing various facets of Roman life as well as interesting facts, and showed us a vast unexcavated and unexplored area,  which composed nearly 40% of Pompeii.

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Over the course of the next hour, we walked among various houses, exploring multiple rooms such as the atrium and fascinated in the well-preserved frescoes. We also navigated through specific parts of the town, viewing places such as religious altars and monuments.

At approximately midday, we entered a theatre, which is showed in the heading photo.

We then walked down the main street where we observed fountains and the features of a typical street.

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We later entered into the forum, where the whole site was centered around and various collections of artifacts were situated.

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At 1PM, we left for lunch and having finished our meals, we visited the lupanar(brothel) where there were interesting pictures decorating the wall and the bakery where we observed ancient Roman baking techniques.

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After we viewed these, we walked among a few more houses before we left Pompeii. Then we travelled by train to Oplontis, the luxury villa of Poppaea, Nero’s wife, where we walked among the colorful frescoes and viewed the ancient pool.

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Footsore and weary, we returned to the hotel where we all had a swim before going out to dinner and exploring Sorrento at night.

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Pompeii, unlike any other historical site(besides Herculaneum, which is featured tomorrow), allows the casual observer to relate and empathise with their ancient lifestyle. We walked the cobblestone streets which the ancient Romans walked, admired the same monuments, appreciated the same architecture… and fascinated in the same erotic artwork.

In fact, when we closed our eyes, it almost felt like nothing changed at all.

Thanks for reading,

Stephen Chan and Tom Lance

 

A full-on day in Rome

Today after an early start, we set out into Rome again. IMG_2447

We went to the forum in hopes of going to Palantine hill. Unfortunately we did not have enough time, as we were to meet the tour guide at the wedding cake palace.

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After meeting up with the guide we went to the ruins of the theatre of Pompeii, were Julius Caesar was killed. This has now become a sanctuary for stray cats.

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We then continued on to the Pantheon. This is where performed our speech. Inside we saw the tombs of the Italian kings, Vittorio Emanuele II and his son Umberto I.

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After this we continued to the Piazza Novona. Here, we stopped for lunch and saw a statue dedicated to the four main rivers of the Ancient World (Nile, Danube, ). This was also the site of an arena which hosted athletic events. After a brief stop at a gelato store, we continued by bus to the Vatican city. While waiting for the bus, Kenn successfully haggled ‘RayBans’ for half-price (10 euros, which could have been 5).

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We reached the Vatican, and soon we where skipping the 100 metre queue and going into the main gate. After passing through the security check, we learnt about the early christianity and its art in Rome. Soon enough, we were at the Sistine chapel, where Mr Chambers once again got caught taking photos.P1030657

After dinner, a few of us went to Porta Maggiore, where we saw a tomb dedicated to a baker and his family. This is a unique monument, as it is very rare to find a freedman, who had become so wealthy that he would be able to afford to have his tomb built just outside the city gates.

 

First day in Rome

Today at around 2pm we arrived in Rome after a very long travelling period. We hit the ground running and immediately left for the hotel, where after a couple of minutes to freshen up, we left for the colosseum and the forum. When we arrived there was a quick lecture given to the boys by professors W. Naayen and J. Hare.
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We saw many interesting sights in the Colosseum and the forum while also learning about the interesting history of the colosseum. This included one quote fom our great local guide Carlotta that will stay with us for the rest of the trip: “Rome is like a lasagne.”

By the time we got to dinner we were a bad combination of hungry and exhausted however after a big meal, everyone is going to bed light hearted and hopefully fresh for another big day for tomorrow.
the group outside the colosseum