A blog for all those who work on Pompeii and the other archaeological sites of the Bay of Naples.
It is so difficult, it is almost laughable. A whole team of trained archaeologists nearly fell to pieces this summer just looking for San Marco. If it had not been so frustrating, it would have been funny!
Wow! And, I thought I was the only one who couldn't find those sites. I was on foot as well, hiking up those hills from the Vesuviana line train station. Finally found what I was looking for, and was amused by the staff at the front gate of one site (Villa San Marco?) who seemed completely surprised that I was there at all. Maybe the lack of signage is deliberate - it allows the staff sit back and sip cappuccinos and talk about football all day. Nice work if you can get it. On that same excursion, though, I had a lovely experience at Villa Arianna. It was late in the day - no tourists around - and a matronly woman gave me a personal tour, unlocking rooms for me to photograph and gawk at. She wouldn't let me leave without seeing every room. She spoke no English and I speak very little Italian, but we were able to communicate our mutual appreciation for the ruins. Maybe the government shouldn't put signs up - now that I know how to get there, I enjoy knowing a "secret" archeological site that's not overrun by tourists...
I have to admit that also for an Italian it has been difficult to get there this past summer. Especially the Villa San Marco, it took me like 15 minutes before I understood that I had to pass in front of the stable with the barking watchdog to get there. I thought it was only a private driveway and not also the way to get to the Villa...Funny staff!I was lucky because I could communicate with the locals, but I just can imagine what kind of nightmare can be for someone who does not speak Italian.
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