2009 – Naples, Herculaneum and Pompeii

2009 – Naples, Herculaneum and Pompeii

Posted by on Aug 24, 2009 in Italy, Naples, Pompeii and Herculanium | No Comments

Vesuvius blew on August 24, 79 AD. Pliny the younger saw it all from his boat and wrote that the explosion looked like a giant umbrella pine tree. Today the eruption column is guestimated to have been close to 20 miles high. His uncle Pliny the elder was in command of the Roman fleet nearby […]

2007 – Naples, Capri and Ischia

2007 – Naples, Capri and Ischia

Posted by on Aug 14, 2007 in Campania, Capri and Ischia, Italy, Naples | No Comments

Naples is one of the Italian cities we’ve more or less avoided over the years, possibly because of its reputation, which isn’t so good. About 9 years ago we were driving from Pompeii to Rome and got shortchanged at a Naples tollbooth. That’s about as close as we’ve got till now. Our Tuscan friends have […]

2003 – Paestum, one of the best preserved Greek cities in Italy

2003 – Paestum, one of the best preserved Greek cities in Italy

Posted by on Jul 12, 2003 in Campania, Italy, Paestum | No Comments

Paestum – July 12, 2003 The odometer clicked past the 3000 km mark as we boarded the ferry in Messina, Sicily and headed back to Villa Giovani in Calabria. The A3 is not one of better Autostradas in Italy. It’s a 4 lane highway (that’s two lanes in each direction) but thanks to the endless road […]

2000 – Pompeii and Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast

2000 – Pompeii and Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast

Posted by on Oct 29, 2000 in Campania, Italy, Pompeii and Herculanium | No Comments

We Flew from Athens to Napoli and picked up a rental car. Even though all necessary car and liability insurance is always included in Italy, we had to sign an affidavit that any theft related damamge to the car would be our responsibility. They would not cover any damage if we did not park the […]