After 16 hours of flying and airport layovers we finally made it to Italy. The plane rides weren't too bad, 4 plus hours to Boston, 6 to Ireland with individual T.V.s and on demand family friendly movies, then another 3 hours to Naples...with who knew what because by then the boys and I were incoherent and slept the entire way. Jason who can fall asleep anywhere, slept during each plane ride.
We found this little museum that would have been easily missed because it blended in with the scenery of Naples. It was called Capella Sanservero. A wealthy prince during the Renaissance became a patron of the arts and sciences. The ceiling of the chapel had a beautiful fresco painted on it and there were some amazing statues carved from marble. And way before "Body Works" the exhibit made of real cadavers made it's way across the U.S. This guy used some compounds to map and solidify the arteries and veins of a human being.
Then we went for lunch. If my oldest asks for McDonalds one more time, I may have to beat him.
After lunch, Gina, Max and I hung out, drank some coffee and watched some boys play soccer in a cobblestoned church courtyard. No parks, no green space in the middle of this older section of Naples. Kids will do what they need to to play. While we did that, Jason, Jose, Jake and Isaac took an underground tour of Naples. This woman's apartment had an underground cellar that someone suspected had some archaeological significance. What they found was some Roman cisterns and an ampitheatre.
So far we've been having a great time. Today it's raining and my brother is at work and my sister-in-law at Italian lessons. Jake and Jason are napping, Isaac is playing video games and I am blogging...We're hoping it'll clear up soon and we can take in more sights. The mouth of the underworld is supposed to be around here. Which makes sense, since there so much volcanic activity I can imagine why people would have thought that.