The third largest amphitheater in Italy is 40 minutes or so on a train from Naples. On the day I went, there was one other tourist. Imagine, an amphitheater with zero queues! The largest amphitheater is of course the Coliseum in Rome. Think insane queues but magnificent. The second biggest is in Capua. Think Spartacus. The… Read More An Amphitheater, a Super-volcano and a Vial of Blood.
Paestum was the site of a major Greek settlement (600 BC) which was later conquered by the Lucanians (the locals) then in 273 BC Rome moved in. They renamed the majestic Poseidonia, the very diminished, Paestum. It is a 50 minute train ride from Salerno, in southern Italy. (Or 1 & a 1/2 hours on… Read More From Poseidonia to Paestum
A story about my personal journey has just been published in this book which is very exciting… …so I thought I would write about some of the places in Italy where I sought the Sibyls that feature in my short story. (The story published is more of a soul searching journey I undertook to find… Read More Seeking the Sibyls in Italy
The tourist triangle of the 3 P’s includes Pompei, Paestum and Positano and sitting at the geographical center of these is Salerno. I loved Salerno and would go again tomorrow if I wasn’t 27 hours away in New Zealand. Salerno is easy to get to on the main trunk train line from Rome, Naples, Reggio… Read More The Salerno Triangle: Surrounded by Wonderful on Every Side .
The Romans called it Aenaria, Virgil named it Inarime, we call it Ischia. In late May this year I took a gorgeous day trip to this volcanic island not far from Naples. On a practical level (I didn’t keep my receipt but think) it was around €20 each way on the hydrofoil. There are the full… Read More Ischian Excursion
Pompei is way bigger than I had realised, it is not a village but a city. It is very easy to get to Pompeii on the train. The circumvesuviana train line between Sorrento and Naples has a stop practically by the main entrance. I paid €4.70 for the train from Sorrento and €11.00 entrance fee. I didn’t… Read More Pompeii
My feet have barely hit the ground in Sorrento as I have only arrived late the day before. I’ve just glanced at a few shops and had a dinner but this morning the Amalfi Coast is calling. The buses leave from out in front of the train station. €8 for a 24 hour ticket. It is… Read More Trying not to Throw up on the Amalfi
On my way from Sorrento, it’s a grey morning with low cloud but the forecast is fine… On the Island! Up the funicular to Capri township, and then onto the bus and up, up, up to Anacapri. Then straight onto the chairlift up to the highest point on the Island. I am in heaven! I’m… Read More Capri
It’s November and I take the train from Naples. The Reggia and its 120 ha of land is across the road from the station so there are no challenges finding it. I walk across the Piazza which clearly has the bones of a formal garden with boxed hedging but has been let go. The grasses… Read More Reggia Di Caserta
Having exhausted the library service of travel docos on Italy, I resorted to watching a documentary about WW2 and the allied soldiers fighting the German soldiers in central Italy, particularly Monte Cassino. I was shocked to hear a New Zealander was attributed with having given the call to have the ancient monastery, (built approx 529AD),… Read More Monte Cassino