Our last day of our weekend in paradise unfortunately came, but we had no plan to simply return to Rome. We took a detour in the busy, loud and fast-pace town of Naples. When I first thought of Naples, I thought of a quaint town by the sea, but it is the complete opposite. Professor Hillebrand actually had me a bit worried I was going to get robbed, but it all worked out.
Our first stop in Naples was Cappella Sansevero, which is a church only accessible for the use of the family who owns it. However, its grand marble statues and beautifully painted ceiling is open for public viewing. Its claim to fame, however, is The Veiled Christ. This is a marble statue created by Giuseppe Sansevero in 1753, and is considered to be one of the great masterpieces of sculpting. In an underground chamber of the church are two bodies with artery and vein systems perfectly intact. These were preserved by Giuseppe Salerno around 1763. The whole church was impressive and beautiful.
After viewing Cappella Sansevero, we strolled up a street perfect for the travel shopper. I actually bought a tiny keychain of glass chili peppers, which are supposed to be good luck. We then ate great Margherita pizzas for lunch at La Bufala, and headed home.
I honestly cannot put this weekend into words. It was an absolute dream and I do not know how I got this lucky or how I deserved it. I am so thankful for every single thing I do and I will never let any moment go to waste or without gratitude. I cannot wait to see what other surreal things I experience on this trip.