guard the entry to Naples, the third largest city in Italy, and
arrival in the harbor is a sight not to miss. Practically
in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, and a valuable the commercial center,
Naples is central to the region of Campania and the scenic Amalfi
in Naples, most passengers opt for tours that wisk them off to a
rich variety of destinations. Some
ships pass by Naples entirely, opting for the less crowded port of
Sorrento where passengers are tendered ashore to find awaiting tour
buses and taxis.
compact center is crammed with palaces, churches, monasteries, and
convents. One of the
world’s most important archaeological museums is located here. The
Museo Archeologico Nazionale houses the treasures removed from the
excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
is a pleasant place to stroll after reaching the center of town, a
15-minute uphill walk that is made easier via minibuses operated by
the city. The main
attraction is Chiesa di San Fracesco, the Cloister of St. Francis, a
14th century church with lovely gardens.
fragments of marble and statues remain displayed in the Correale di
Terranova Museum to remind visitors of Sorrento’s ancient
heritage; however, vestiges of the original town plan can be
glimpsed from the focal point of the city, Piazza Tasso.
stroll through quaint streets leads visitors to the nearby
neo-gothic Cathedral with its distinctive bell tower. A
glimpse inside the church reveals precious bas-reliefs, religious
paintings, and elegant examples of traditional wooden inlay work.
ruined cities of Pompeii and the
lesser known Herculaneum are two of the most famous excavated cities
in the world. In 79 AD
Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii in hot ash and volcanic
pumice stones that crushed building and killed the inhabitants,
while residents of Herculaneum escaped with little loss of life as
their city was destroyed by a slow moving sea of mud. Explore either
to view the theaters and baths, restored villas, and Roman forums.
the Amalfi coast, the romantic
little town of Amalfi was a major shipping port in the Middle Ages.
Touring the town center, visitors are delighted by the Cathedral of
St. Andrea, a combination of early Gothic and Moorish designs. The
white houses, garden terraces, and fishing fleet make this a
by hydrofoil, the Isle of Capri
boasts the well-deserved reputation as a Garden of Eden. The views
from the mountaintop are fabulous as are the enormous villas dating
as far back in history as the Roman Empire.
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