Monique warned us about Monday morning traffic, so the stop-and-go trip from Hotel Forum to the downtown Naples National Archaeological Museum was not a surprise. It was completely worth it, however, as the museum houses amazing relics unearthed from once-buried Pompeii and Herculaneum. Whole statues, vibrant mosaics, complete murals and unbroken household objects greeted us around every turn. We could have spent days there.
So much to see, so little time! Our goal of reaching Rome by dinner-time called us on to our lunchtime stop further up the coast at Putiola, ancient Rome’s primary port. It is also where Paul’s prison-bound trip to Rome landed (Acts 28:13) after ship-wrecking on Malta, so we gathered on the picturesque shore for a short study session on this story.
The Appian Way, one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic, was our afternoon partner. It once connected Rome to Brindisi, in southeast Italy — we intersected it near Capua on the Tyrrhenian Sea and followed it right into the heart of Rome. We are now comfortably settled in our hotel and look forward to exploring across the city tomorrow.