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Paestum, Italy

Some of the best Greek ruins are in Italy. Greek wealth and nobility would give the first son the site in Greece and the second son got the one in Italy. Southern Italy was a favorite place for the Greeks. It was easy to get to and there was plenty of land there. Paestum is in Campania, south of the Amalfi Coast and south of Salerno. It is between Salerno and Agropoli on the coast. This site was inflected with malaria and lay untouched by humans for a long time. It was for this reason it is so well-preserved.

Paestum today is a large outdoor museum. You buy tickets in a building across the street and then enter the site. Inside you can walk around this huge site with beautiful Greek ruins. The site is so well-preserved that it should be on everyone’s bucket list. If you are visiting the Amalfi Coast, this is a short drive to Paestum.

Come walk around these ruins at Paestum with us in our YouTube video below:

– George Febish

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The Magnificent Views of Italy

It doesn’t matter where you are in Italy. There are views and eye-catching sights everywhere. You can be in a big city looking at a famous monument, on a small street, looking at a small city high up on a mountain, at the beach, climbing stairs or sitting at a small trattoria. Italy is all about its architecture. It has a personality all to itself. Here you stand on ancient roads, some dating pre-Roman. You feel and see its history. At the same time there is a modern culture all around you. iPhones, iPad and computers are everywhere. Most bars have free wi-fi service.

We come to Italy for the food, the people and these views. I love the feeling of being in an ancient place. Thinking about those ancient people and what they did, what they felt. Was their life that different from ours? These views can talk to you! Just listen and hear what they are saying. This is not a country to be rushed. Stop, relax and take in these views. Listen to them. Imaging yourself back in those times. Soon your modern problems give way to an appreciation of this great history.

My wish to all my readers is to be able to travel. experience another culture. Enjoy life more. There is so much to experience and learn. Pick a place you are passionate about and visit it. Put it on your bucket list. life is short but memories are forever.

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My passion is Italy, what is yours?

George

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Is it Time for you to Take a Trip to Italy?

Have you longed for a trip to romantic Italy? Have you dreamed about eating real Italian food? Do you long to see the museums or architecture? Maybe you have relatives there and just want to reunite old ties. What ever your reasons are, Italy is a great place to spend a vacation. After a week you are feeling relaxed and enjoying life. After two weeks you are totally relaxed, speaking some Italian words and loving the food. Longer periods in Italy will make you an Italian for life!

The northern lake Area offers beautiful scenery overlooking the Alps or maybe Tuscany with its wines and romantic scenery. The large cities of Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome or Naples are great places to see Italians being themselves. They also are great for seeing living history. Look at the buildings the architecture and envision the people that built these great cities. Maybe southern Italy with its Amalfi coast and Capri or farther south into the Cilento National Park. Beauty unspoiled by man and pristine beaches. What is stopping you?

If it’s being afraid of big tours or doing it on your own, we offer an alternative for the selective traveler to see what they want to see and spend as much time as the want. If you find a great Italian spot, the last thing you want is to be taken away by a tour bus. It would be wonderful to change your plans and just stay in your new found location. Italy is all about love, romance, beauty and spontanaeity.

Italy creates many wonderful memories and experiences but you have to touch it! Get away from the crowded tourists areas and meet real Italians. See places that will change you forever. Don’t eat in tourists restaurants. These will be memories you will never forget.

George

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Some of Our Best Memories

We have assembled pictures of some of our best memories in Italy. Italy is always romantic and it is always memorable. There are so many special little moments. The architecture, the sites, the history, the people, the food, the wine, … and so much more.

Enjoy your trip to see relatives, sites, museums or to just be Italian for a short while.

Dolce far niente!

George & Jo

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Paestum Pictorial

From the Amalfi Coast Drive’s end point at Salerno you take the A3 Autostrada south to Battipaglia and exit into the SS18 south. Follow the signs to Paestum. It is in the Province of Salerno, Campania. It is also in the Client National forrest.This was founded about 600 BC but had a bad malaria out break that preserved the site. It is the best Greece ruins in Italy’s mainland. Sicily has great ruins as well.

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Great restaurant on southern edge of ruins

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Ruins

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Ruins

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Many of the ruins are leveled

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Temple of Hera I

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Theater

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Entrance to Theater

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Temple of Neptune

You will need to purchase a pass to enter this historic site. They are sold at the museum outside the sacred grounds. These ruins are  not to be missed.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Thinking of Italy

Italy is on everyone’s bucket list. It is a romantic and beautiful place. Italy was created by very violent actions of nature. It was originally under the sea. It is a fault line with many active volcanos. As they erupted and slipped, a new land mass was formed. It cam up out of the sea. It continued up to form very impressive mountains. It still has some earthquakes but they are usually small and remove the fault line stresses. It does have two major active volcanos. Mt Vesuvius near Naples and Mt. Etna in Sicily.

Have you longed for a trip to romantic Italy? The northern lakes with their beauty overlooking the Alps or maybe Tuscany with its wines and romantic scenery. The cities of Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome or Naples are great places to see Italians being themselves. They also are great for seeing living history. Look at the buildings the architecture and envision the people who built these great cities. There is no architecture in the world like Rome.

Maybe you are seeking an adventure to southern Italy with its Amalfi coast and Capri or farther south into the Cilento National Park. The ancient Greek town of Paestum.  Beauty unspoiled by man. What is stopping you? Exchange rates are in your favor.

If it’s being afraid of the big tours or doing it on your own, we offer an alternative for the selective traveler to see what they want to see and spend as much time as the want. If you find a great Italian spot, the last thing you want is to be taken away by a tour bus. It would be wonderful to change your plans and just stay in your new-found location.

Italy creates many wonderful memories and experiences but you have to touch it! Get away from the crowded tourists areas and meet real Italians. See places that will change you forever. If this interest you, write me at georgefebish@yahoo.com

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Whatever you like, Italy has it. Explore, feed your romance, hunger and taste the wines of Italy.
George & Jo Anne
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Paestum, The Greek City in Italy

Paestum is a perfectly preserved ancient Greek ruin in Italy from 600 BC. It was preserved because of a malaria outbreak here in the 18th century. We have written about this ruin before but it is such an important site, we wanted to write about it again. After coming down the mountain from scary town of Castelcivita, we needed lunch and some wine. We headed to Paestum and found a great restaurant just off the ruins property.

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This trattoria was perfect. We sat outside and could see one of the temples at Paestum. Lunch and the wine were perfect. We had parked inexpensively in a lot across from the trattoria. Refreshed we walked up the street to enter Paestum. You have to buy your entrance tickets at the museum across the street from the ruins and then enter through gates to the ruins. The street here is a bit touristy with a lot of trinket stands.

After entering Paestum, we walked the paths through the ruins and saw three great temples and the remains of a coliseum.

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Paestum is located about halfway between The A3 Autostrada at Battipaglia and Agropoli. It is just inland from the sea. The sea here is a gulf and to the south you can see Agropoli and to the north Salerno and the Amalfi Coast. On a clear day you can see the island of Capri. This is a do not miss stop if you are in the Amalfi Coast area.

Tomorrow we visit the beach city of Ascea. It is summer and ones thoughts go to the beaches. This area of Italy has the best beaches around.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Castelcivita Italy – A scary ride!

Castelcivita is a small mountain town in southern Campania, Italy. It is East of Paestum in the mountains. This is a story of why not to listen to your GPS. On the trip up the mountain the GPS told us to turn right onto a small dirt road twice. We ignored it and finally were approaching Castelcivita. We saw a sign to Castelcivita to the left but our GPS said go straight. We followed the GPS. Soon the road became a very small road. At a hair pin curve it turned to a dirt road on a 1,000 foot cliff. We knew this had to be wrong but how could we turn around? The cliff was on the left and a hill going up on the right. There was a small flat area and we turned around very cautiously. As we got back to the main road, we vowed to always follow signs over the GPS.

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Soon we were in Castelcivita, a very small city mainly of stairs. The road went up a hill and we had a choice, a hair pin curve onto a very small street or straight into a small piazza. After the GPS experience we went straight. This was an area big enough to easily turn around. There was no parking in the piazza but on the road in we saw parking along the road. We parked and walked back into the piazza. The view of the road up to this city was spectacular.

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This is a very unique mountain city. No shopping and not many restaurants but a lot of stairs going up … up to the castle at the top.

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We stopped at a bar to chat with the locals and get our bearings. They told us to climb some more. George made friends with a local dog.

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and soon we were in a small piazza at the very top of the city. Here was an old castle tower.

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Now the easy part, it was all downhill to the car. It was a scary drive at first but it was wonderful to see this city untouched by tourism.

Tomorrow we drive down the mountain and visit Paestum, the ancient Greek city.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Our Top Ten Works of Art in Italy

Italy is loaded with wonderful works of art. Every city you go into has a museum with beautiful paintings and sculptures. The largest cities have many of these museums. If you are an art lover, they are all worth seeing. The following is our list of must see:

  • Leonardo di Vinci’s Last Supper – This wonderful painting is hanging in a small former refectory of a convent (Santa Maria delle Grazie) in Milan. It is being restored to its former glory.

Da Vinci's Last Supper

  • Leonardo di Vinci’s Museum of Science in Milan – This is a wonderful museum with the creations of Leonardo. You can see his tank, an airplane (without a motor), a modern looking speed boat (without a motor) and so much more. He clearly understood motion in air and water.

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  • Michelangelo’s David in Florence – It is located in the Galleria dell’Accademia. This is a fantastic statue showing muscles made of marble that look like flesh. Don’t miss his unfinished pieces in this museum.

David by Michelangelo

  • Apollo and Daphne in Rome – This work of art is located in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. This beautiful marble statue looks like flesh. It is hard to believe you are seeing stone.

Apollo daphine

  • The Vatican Staircase in Vatican City – Located in the Vatican Museum. This staircase is a wonder of architecture.

Vatacan Staircase

  • Leonardo di Vinci’s Annunciation – This great work is in the Uffizi Museum in Florence. This is the bible story of the angel sent by God to tell Mary she would be the mother of God.

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  • The Greek Ruins at Paestum  – These are beautiful Greek ruins in better shape than the ones in Greece. Pastime is just south of Salerno Italy which is at the Eastern end of the Amalfi Coast.

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  • Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam – This is a wonderful painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.

Creation of Adam

  • Botticelli’s Birth of Venus – This great work is in the Uffizi Museum in Florence. You can spend hours in this museum and hours waiting to get in. The Florence City Pass is well worth the savings in time as you bypass all lines.

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  • Duomo in San Gimignano – San Giminagno is George’s favorite town in the world. It is preserved as a perfect medieval city. In the main piazza is this duomo. This church and town are well worth a visit. Park outside the ancient walls and walk into the past.

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Wherever you go in Italy you will find great art. Enjoy it.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Amalfi Coast – Paestum

Just 24 miles south of Salerno is a town called Paestum. It looks like you are in ancient Greece. In a way you are. The story goes that the first-born son in Greece got property to build in Greece but the second born son got property in southern Italy. This area of Italy was populated by the Greeks. Paestum is a preserved area of what that life was like.

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If you have time drive to Paestum (about 1 hour) and walk around the grounds. See all the monuments. For a short time you will be back in ancient Greece. This city was built around 600 BC.

The drive from Salerno to Paestum will bring you into Campagnia’s Bufala Mozzarella territory. Here you can buy buffalo mozzarella. It is a creamier version of the famous Italian cheese.

George & Jo Anne

 

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