The Etruscans and the Greeks had a major role in the creation of the city of Pompeii, in the region of Campania, Italy. It is situated at the foot of the volcano Vesuvius. Soon the city boasted an Hellenistic ambiance and the decorative style of Pompeii was something completely new and different. Big houses were built and, with the construction of the Serino aqueduct, running water was introduced to the region.... Therefore multiple sources were installed not only inside the house but also in the streets, which represented a real breakthrough for that time. The sources of the most sumptuous private homes were decorated with colorful mosaics and the streets were made of stone. The décor both inside and outside the homes, as with the temples and / or public buildings, also displayed statues, which visitors can admire even now, after being buried by lava from Vesivio volcano and being the object of many different excavations.
The most spontaneously planned trip...an amazing experience, breath taking views, lots of colors and beautiful nature. A must visit for all sea lovers. Feeling truly blessed that I had the chance to be there.
Positano is a precious little village in Italy. It's built on a hill with narrow little streets and small homes and hotels. The locals are very charming and Positano is very romantic. You can only get there in car or by a bus which winds through the curvy roads. What's why it's so great...there aren't a ton of people! It's worth the trip.
The incomparable beauty of the Amalfi Coast has enchanted and delighted every traveler lucky enough to experience it first-hand. The "green terraces" hanging over the bright blue sea form a truly wonderful sight. The rugged coastline, typical of this region of Italy, makes the trip by car or bus interesting. Although you want to take thousands of pictures (each corner offers something beautiful), many of the turn feel quite risky. If you listen well Italian music, the trip will be complete, I assure you ....
Anacapri is one of 2 people who are on the island of Capri. It has about 50,000 natives in an area of 54Km2. It is famous for its lovely scenery. I got there by boat, a cruise to Naples, Iscia, Capri ... Both Capri and Anacapri are some of the favorite places for those tourists who have a boat. As you can see the island has some beautiful places for some views.
One of the largest squares in Naples is the del Plebiscito, in the heart of the city, just steps from the famous Café Gambrinus and among the buildings of the Royal Palace and the Theatre of San Carlos. The square is ellipse-shaped and when it stopped being used as parking space it regained its former prestige of public space where concerts, demonstrations and even Christmas operas are sometimes performed (usually outdoors).
The glass dome roof of the First Galleria Umberto of Naples corresponds to the type of architecture that was popular in the nineteenth century. Constructed 1887-1889 and designed by architect Emanuele Rocco, who followed religiously the fashion canons of that wonderful time and raised the glass structure with a stunning iron frame of such dimensions that when you enter you don't have to even lift your head to see where the light comes from. The glass roof and dome are harmoniously implanted on the lower structure, but it's definitely the top of this construction that takes the cake.
Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano, the cone is in the Bay of Naples. It is 1,278 m high but we didn't climb to the crater, someone had gone in the dark, to better see the fire. We contemplated when we drove from Naples to Pompeii. It's kind of Humpback Mountain with greenery in her skirt, and a top covered with ashes, which at sunset take on a beautiful purple light. I think that has had about 36 eruptions, the most famous of which covered Pompeii. When you visit Pompeii, and see figures that have remained buried under the ashes, you can not help imagine the disaster. Paradoxically, thanks to this catastrophe, the ancient city of Pompeii was preserved almost perfectly and can still be admired today, through their streets, villages, forums and temples, this Roman city is as it was in its time.
Is there anywhere in the world more beautiful than the Gulf of Naples? I would say no. It is the very center of Paradise (perhaps it's also by the door of hell, yes, because Mount Vesuvius could erupt at any time). The Gulf smells like sea, lemon, fish, tomato ... and also sounds wonderful, due to Naples' Italian music. "O sole mio", "Torna Surriento", "Questa picolissima serenade" ... Want to know more about Neapolitan music? Well, come here, turn the speakers up and enjoy. http://bit.ly/qOEjiU
Roman mosaics, bronze sculptures, stone and marble, utensils and jewelery recovered from the ruins of Pompeii to the ruins of a village named Papyrus recovered from its ruins near Erculaneo.This place is a must. It's in a huge building in the middle of the chaos of Naples and very very near the old neighborhood and cathedral. It´s an unforgettable visit. They allow you to take photos. See that some rooms are closed before others in the museum, at least Sunday when we went to visit.
Sorrento is a little town, on the border of the Tyrrhenian sea, that has about 16.500 habitants.
It's a tourist destination and you can get there quite easily from Naples and Pompeii.
It has beautiful sea views from its coast of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
The narrow highway that unites Sorrento with Amalfi offers marvelous views from its cliffs, which are the highest in the Mediterranean.
The cliffs of Sorrento are famous throughout the world for their beauty and the nature you can see from them.
The Castle dell´Ovo (castle of the egg) is found in the isolate part of Megaride, inside the gulf of Naples. The legend says that a hidden egg supported the building´s structure. Visitors can appreciate the defensive structure of this place, like its terrace with canons and a marine villa located at the foot of the castle.
It is called this to distinguish it from the oldest royal residences, the Castle of the Egg and Campuano. The imposing fortress overlooking the port of the city was established in 1279 by Charles I of Anjou. The triumphal arch giving access to the castle and is its principal ornament was erected to celebrate the triumphal entry of Alfonso of Aragon in 1443. The magnificent sculptures are an important monument of the revival of southern Italy. Inside is the Palatine Chapel, which preserves the original aspect dei Baroni room, is something you cannot miss. Be aware of robberies in this place. Naples is an interesting city with constant action, but also it´s unsafe.
The small island of "Il Postino". It is one of the gems that can be found in the Gulf of Naples. It is the beautiful island of Procida. It always falls in the shadows of the more famous islands of Iscia and, above all, Capri, Procida. The two islands are not really overwhelmed by mass tourism. Because it is quite small, you can get around the island very easily on a small bike or scooter. The pace of life is so relaxed that it is very difficult to get used to the "outside world" after a few days on it, and this is especially because the outside world refers to the overly chaotic city of Naples, which is quite the contrast to this quiet and peaceful island spot. The island is only a little less than an hour to Naples, by ferry. It's so close to Naples that on the coast you can see the imposing Vesuvius on the continent, which sometimes gives the feeling of being on an island completely. Procida had its 15 minutes of fame when he appeared on stage in the beautiful film "Il Postino" (The Postman of Pablo Neruda). You can still visit the cafe where they filmed many of its scenes and one of the beaches that appear in the film. Both site are known respectively as coffee and Postino Beach. Naruda was never here, as the film moved the events of the book of Antonio Skarmeta from the town of Isla Negra, Chile, to the coast of the Gulf of Naples.
In Roman times, Herculaneum was a seaside town of 4,000 inhabitants. The city was very close to Vesuvius, which is why the eruption left the city completely covered by lava and ash. Herculaneum is well worth visiting because it's one of the places that can really show you accurately how the Romans lived. Moreover, as it is under the shadow of its larger neighbor Pompeii, it's not as visited and exploration can be done safely.
It is worth it to get away from the crowded bustling port and historic center of Capri to go up to the Belvedere (viewpoint in Italian) Cannone. It is a nice vantage point from which there are excellent views over the "Faraglioni" ,the 3 most famous towering rocky masses of the island. The cliffs to the area northeast of the island are dizzying, under which one can find many luxury yachts anchored to exploit the waters of the area to take a bath in the sea. It´s definitely a place meant for seducing and for everything else.
The Paestum archeopark has a museum and a large outdoor area of Greek and Roman ruins. It is 7 euros for admission to both and it is worth dedicating an entire day for exploration. On either side of the museum there are restaurants to suit all pockets, the most upmarket is the Ristorante Nettuno which is in a beautiful setting.
The site was occupied by three different cultures before changes in the landscape led to the area becoming a malaria ridden swamp. The city was then abandoned and was only rediscovered in the 1900's. The first occupiers were Greek sybarite colonists, rumored to be hedonists fond of luxury and wealth. The barbarian tribe known as the Lucanians were next and then finally the Romans who did some serious remodeling of the elegant Greek city.
Within the museum there is a reconstruction of the treasury of Sele with a frieze depicting the adventures of Hercules. Unfortunately when we were there the famous tomb of the diver (pictured on all of the gift shop merchandise) was being temporarily shown at Milan EXPO.
Within the park there are three imposing Greek temples and a jumble of other Greek and Roman structures. The so called Temple of Poseidon is considered to be one of the best preserved in the world but there is considerable debate as which deity it was really dedicated to. Plenty of puzzles to be solved for would be tomb raiders.
This is the church that was built by the Jesuits. It's called "New Jesus". Construction began 1584, under the direction of Jesuit architect Giuseppe Valeriano. Completed in 1601, dedicated to the Name of Jesus and the Immaculate Conception of Mary, as in the parchment placed next to the first stone, under the first pillar. The church is popularly known as the "New Jesus".