We spent an entire day in Pompei with Emiliano. He was filling in for a sick tour guide from a company with whom we had made our original arrangements. I cannot believe our luck in working with such a knowledgable archeologist. Emiliano not only knew Pompeii, but -- as an archeologist -- he was able to put what we were seeing in a much broader context of ancient towns throughout the Roman empire. His English was excellent. Our day with Emiliano was a highlight of our two weeks in Italy. We would have used him for our next day's outing to Herculano, but, unfortunately he was already booked. Just what a difference a good guide can make was brought home to us in the starkest possible way at Herculano, where we simply joined an ad hoc group drummed up by a guide at the entrance to the site. Although she appeared to know a fair amount about Herculano, she was clearly rushing through canned speeches as fast as possible so that she could move onto the next group. With Emiliano, it was all about sharing his enthusiasm for Pompeii and creating an great experience for our entire family. If we ever return to Naples, I would put him on retainer for the length of our stay. By the way, our original plan had been to do both Pompeii and Herculano in one day. As Emiliano began to mention the things in Pompeii that he would not have time to show us, we changed our plans on the spot to make it an all-Pompeii day. I feel that there is enough in Pompeii easily to warrant the 6 hours that we spent there. In fact, I would have liked more time, but the site closes a bit earlier in the winter. (Also the earlier morning train -- circumvesuviana -- that we had planned to take to Pompeii was canceled, so we arrived at Pompeii later than anticipated.) Emiliano told us that these train cancellations are frequent. So it's good to plan around that.
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