Pausylipon: Imperial Villa, ancient tunnels and eels

Pausylipon: Imperial Villa, ancient tunnels and eels

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Campania, Naples | No Comments

Once upon a time in the 1st century BC, Publius Vedius Pollio, a freedman of modest origins worked his way up the social ladder to become an Equestrian (Knight), economic advisor to the Emperor Augustus and Governor of the Roman Asian province (Modern day Turkey). Between the years 31 – 27 BC, he reorganized the […]

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 […]