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Pompeii, buried in cinder in 79 AD in one of the most disastrous volcanic eruptions, provides first class evidence of the way of life in a Roman city at the time of the Empire.The site, located in an attractive setting, is huge and there is a lot to see. Among the most important ruins are the Forum (the centre of the town), containing the Basilica which is the largest building in Pompeii; the Temple of Apollo standing against the background of Vesuvius; the Stabian Baths, divided in sections for men and women with a swimming pool, hot and cold rooms (in an excellent state of preser-vation); the House of Vettii, the most lavishly decorated in town; and the Villa of Mysteries, standing outside the city walls and containing splendid frescoes..Add to Request
Undeniably one of the world's most beautiful islands and an internationally famous tourist resort. Summer retreat for the jet set, the island is awash with designer boutiques and picturepostcard views wherever you turn: lush Mediterranean vegetation with purple bougainvillea climbing over the whitewashed villas and the celebrated "Faraglioni" limestone stacks. Take a trip to the famous blue grotto, visit Villa San Michele in Anacapri, once the home of Axel Munthe, or stroll around the Giardini di Augusto (Gardens of Augustus) and the ruins of Villa Jovis, one-time residence of the emperor Tiberius. ».Add to Request
Amalfi was the first born among the Four Maritime Republics and reached its maximum splendour during the 10th and 11th centuries, with merchant colonies in the main harbours of the Mediterranean Sea: Byzantium, Alexandria, Beirut, Cyprus. The Maritime Laws of the city, explained in the famous "Tabula Amalphitana" (Amalfi's Board), were for centuries the international mercantile code accepted and taken as model. In the 12th century, after the Norman conquest, Amalfi lost its importance in the Mediterranean commerce and had to be content with a modest local role. The new dynasties ruling over Naples and the Southern Italy have been supported in their conquests by other Maritime Republics (first Pisa and then Genoa) that will receive in exchange the monopoly of the international commerce..Add to Request
Positano is nestled in the heart of the Amalfi Drive, located where the Sorrentine Peninsula bends towards the South becoming the Gulf of Salerno.In the middle of this panoramic bay lie the Islands of Li Galli, formerly called the "Island of the Sirens" in mythological times, as it was believed that the islands were inhabited by Sirens that lured sailors with their beauty and sweet melodies.
The houses in Positano seem to cling to the mountain, sitting one on top of the other, framing a black volcanic beach. The beach is also the centre of activity..Add to Request
Situated 350 metres above the sea, perched on a craggy cliffside, Ravello commands the ultimate panorama over the Amalfi coast.
It is the ideal site to base yourself for exploring a unique landscape that has inspired the likes of composers Richard Wagner and Edward Grieg, the painters William Turner and Miro, and authors, D.H. Lawrence, Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal, who spent part of their lives here..Add to Request
Paestum is one of the most important archeological sites of Italy. It was founded around 600 BC by Greek colonists from Sibari, under the name of Poseidonia.Add to Request
Founded, according to the tradition, by Hercules, this Roman town was buried in mud following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Besides the baths (Thermae) which are in excellent condition, and the theatre, the excavations have brought to light an entire series of Patrician villas, some remarkably well preserved, with splendid columns, frescoes and mosaics..Add to Request
Naples is one of the oldest cities in Europe, founded in the VII century B.C. by the Greeks and later conquered by the Romans. From the XI century onwards it was ruled by the Normans, Swabians, Angevins, Aragonese, Spanish and the Bourbons. Each of these foreign dominations left their mark on the city's art, architecture and culinary traditions. You can feel the history most of all in the old town..Add to Request