Assisi and Naples
The big day. Assisi was only 40 mins from our hotel so we started our tour at St Francis of Assisi Bacillica with a local guide a little before 9am. There were several Masses going on so we were to be very quiet. His voice over our radios was to loud for the brothers and priests and they told him he had to take us all out of the chuch as he was only allowed to talk after 9am. This tour guide was Italian ofcourse and if you know how loud and volitile they are, you can imagine how we all felt when he started to shout inside this beautiful and holy place. A very important looking Priest was called to dissolve the situation. By then it was 9am so he was able to proceed with our tour. Our thoughts were how awful for those trying to take part in the Masses or just pray in silence. I am so glad our little St Francis of Assisi in Thames doesn't have thousands of tourists just filing past as we enjoy our Mass with our lovely Father Robert. The church, however, was just beautiful and we have photos of us standing outside it whenever I can work out how to post those on here. This is a very sacred church and St Francis's tomb is the most unadorned part of the whole church which is what he wanted when he built the church.
From this lovely little town we then headed on to Naples to our flashest hotel ever on the trip. Unfortunately, it was in a very poor part of Naples and we were too scared to leave our Hotel that night and ordered room service as we had not put our names down for the optional dinner. the filth and graffitti in Naples is the worst we had experienced and we certainly had experienced a lot of that. Our room was beautiful with very plush duvets and pillows and a gorgeous balcony that most others did not have so needless to say, we had several visitors to our room. The hotel is unmarked at the gate and has huge double doors that are locked like a fortress at night. We felt safe inside the fortress but outside in Naples itself, we worried about being robbed, mugged and shot at by the Maffia.
Day 14 Wed 2nd May the Island of Capri
This day was spectacular weather to take a trip to the complete contrast of Naples. 45 mins by boat and so clean and the Island people were so friendly and helpful. we started our day there with a boat trip around the coast checking out the caves with stalegmites and stalegtites and red coral in azure blue waters. We took some of our group back to have lunch at a little cafe we had found earlier. the cafe owner was so lovely, he had noticed Des and I trying to find the Information Centre and told us he had been a tour guide. He gave us a map and circled all the best sites for us to go to. We said we would come back later for lunch so when we turned up with 4 others for lunch, he was very happy with us and even gave me kisses on the cheek. He was very good looking and fairly young, so I felt quite flattered by that. We then took the cable car to the upper Capri shops and monastry from the 1300s and amazing views looking far down to the shore and lower capril. the blue sky and hot day made this trip so memorable and after 8 1-2 hours we were back on the boat back to dirty old Naples and to our haven in our hotel with dinner included this time in our hotel restaurant so no need to venture out into the den of iniquity. Looking forward to our sleep in in the morning as we dont leave until 9am for Pompeii and then on to Sorrento. It is too be a long day with dinner in Sorrento and back to the hotel by 10.30pm. This will be the longest day but a sleep in has been longed for by most of our group of 43.