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Pompeii, Italy

This is the famous city that was destroyed by the Mount Vesuvius volcano in 79 AD. It was originally an Etruscan city and then a Roman one. It is located in Campania south of Naples and north of Sorrento, Italy. It was buried in 13 to 16 feet of hot ash from the volcano. Years went by and people forgot about the city and the people who lived below the surface. It became a Roman colony in 80 BC. 1500 years passed until the city below was discovered.

Today it is an outdoor museum where you can see homes, stadiums, restaurants, houses of prostitution and bars. This is a stop well worth your time. As you walk around the streets of Pompeii, imagine the original occupants who lived here. Then imagine that fateful day when Vesuvius blew its top.

Come walk with us through this impressive ancient city that has been perfectly preserved in time. Click on the YouTube VLOG video below …

– 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.


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POMPEII pictorial

Pompeii is an ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. It is estimated to be from the 600 BC. There were about 11,000 people in the city when it was destroyed. This was a big city with bars, houses, bread stores, restaurants and houses of prostitution. The homes were spacious, even by our standards. They had gardens and were beautiful. The streets had speed controls to slow down horse and buggy. The streets could be cleaned by opening a water pipe at the top of the hill and letting the water run down taking the trash with it.

Pompeii is just south of Naples and west of Mt. Vesuvius. It is easy to get to by car on the Autostrada (A1 then A3). There are tour buses from Naples and Rome. You can also take a train to Naples then a bus.

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Ancient coliseum steps

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Courtyard of a private home

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Inside a private home


Entrance to a coliseum






Private home


Speed bumps in street

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Huge courtyard in the city center

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Bread oven

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Etruscan pottery


The sleeping Vesuvius behind a cloud

Pompeii is rich in history and well-preserved because of how it was destroyed.

George & Jo Anne


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Pompeii and the Monster Vesuvious

Most people have heard the story of how Pompeii was destroyed by the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. So much of the mountain was blown away, that it looks like two mountain peaks today. It was an ancient Etruscan city and then conquered by the Romans. The volcano spewed out very hot ash that killed everyone instantly. Roofs of wood caught fire and were destroyed. The walls of buildings, frescos on the walls and roads are preserved as they were then. You can enter homes that were large even by our standards today with indoor pools and gardens.


The streets ran down hills. They opened pipes at the top to allow water to run down the street and take dirt and garbage with it. Crossroads had speed bumps that acted to both slow down a horse and carriage and allow pedestrians to walk across the street without getting their feet wet or dirty.

This city had bars, brothels, restaurants and arenas. It was a more modern city than we think of for that time. As you walk these ancient streets you feel as if you are there in that time. You keep an eye on Mount Vesuvius which looms over the city.

From Rome you can catch a tour bus to Naples and Pompeii. It is a day trip with an hour or two stop in Naples and two hours in Pompeii. This is followed by lunch and a return drive to Rome. From Naples it is very close. In fact you can see the monster Vesuvius easily from Naples.

Driving south from Rome or Naples you pass Pompeii on the way to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. You can catch a bus from Naples to Pompeii and then Sorrento. From Sorrento take a ferry to Capri. The drive is an easy one as the highways are great.

George & Jo Anne


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Now What in Italy

OK we are well fed and have been exercising by walking, what do we do now? Your first visits to Italy should be to the big cities:

  1. Rome
  2. Venice
  3. Florence
  4. Naples

We also like Milan because it is such a fashion capital. If you have extra time on one of these trips head to nearby smaller towns. If you have already seen these major attractions, plan a trip to seaport and mountain town.

We visited Rome and had two extra days so we planned two trips outside of Rome. One to the north and one to the south:

  • Orvieto – A town atop of bluff. It is magnificent and can easily be walked from one end to the other. As you approach the duomo, you are shocked! Here a magnificent huge cathedral exists in a piazza. Your first view is from the small streets leading to the piazza. From Rome you take a train north to Orvieto. As you exit the train you cross the street and take a funicular up the bluff to the city. The streets and people here are wonderful. The restaurants are magnificent. If you are driving, you must park at the bottom and walk up or take the funicular. Only some resident cars are permitted up into the city.


  • Pompeii – Take a train or drive south just past Naples to Pompeii. It lies in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii is an ancient Etruscan (then Roman) city destroyed when Vesuvius erupted violently. The city is amazing. Only the wooden roofs are gone. The stone buildings still stand. Huge wealthy homes with courtyards and inside baths. You wouldn’t mind living in these today. They had running water and sewers. The knowledge they had is mind-boggling.

We always look at where we plan to go and find small interesting towns nearby. Then we plan how far a drive it will be or if there is a good train service. Enjoy and explore Italy, it’s romantic!

George & Jo Anne


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Campania, Italy

Campania region is an old region of Italy. It includes Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast. It also includes Italy’s Bufala Mozzarella region. This video is sights from this great region. Sit back, relax and see what you are missing. Then decide to go! Enjoy life as the Italians do.

George & Jo Anne


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How do I see the Most Italy has to offer?

Some try to take mega tours and see 21 cities in 25 days. I hate this approach. I don’t like tours at all. My strategy takes several trips to achieve but ultimately you see more of Italy and build memories you will never forget. Here is a suggest way to see Italy:

  1. Start with major cities like Rome, Florence and Venice. They offer the best museums and architecture, You will have no problem getting around. You can walk if you are able, take public transportation like metros or taxis. Great restaurants are easy to find.
  2. Go to other big cities like Milan, The lake district, Naples, Orvietto and Verona. These cities offer great museums and architect as well.
  3. Visit walled cities like San Gimignano, Padova, Lucca, Pisa, Capri, Positano, Pompeii, Assisi etc. There is a list of walled cities around the world on Wikipedia.
  4. Get off the well-travelled roads and visit small cities that few tourists go to. Maybe you see a mountain village from the autostrada. Get off at next exit and use your smart phone Map apps to determine what the city is and map a route to it.

We enjoy taking people to both big cities and small treasures. Food and wine is always great. The sites are interesting and the memories are being formed at every turn in the street. Join us or go on your own but enjoy and be romantic!

George & Jo Anne

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Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii

Driving past Mount Vesuvius is an awesome experience. Such power and destruction. Looking at the mountain (see picture) you see what looks like two mountain peaks. It is actually one with the entire center blown out. This cataclysmic blast is what destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD. The blast rose 15 miles up and was moving at 62 miles per hour. No one could out run it!

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A map showing the cities and towns affected by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The general shape of the ash and cinder fall (see en:pyroclast) is shown by the dark area to the southeast of Mt Vesuvius. (P.S. It seems strange to show the modern day English names for the two bodies of water – I am open to suggestions). This map shows lines and uses the Mercator projection (although that is not important on a map of this scale). North is, as usual, at the top of the map. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius in background

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Rainy Season Alert!

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(English version) Category:Maps of Campania Campania Campania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Campania, Italy is a beautiful area including Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi. It also includes so much more. Beautiful mountains and some of the best beaches in all of Europe. Cilento is one of the largest national parks in Italy. It has a building code to prevent new building of condos, hotels, etc that will ruin the sea views and beaches. If this type of living interests you, visit Campania. There is a rainy season in November and December that can have rain almost every day. The rain can be heavy and have strong thunder storms. This too is a beautiful side of nature but can ruin a trip if you are unaware. Choose your season and enjoy Italy. I would also avoid August as all of Europe is in vacation and beaches and towns are very crowded.

George & Jo Anne


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The Etruscan Life in BC Italy

Livescience” has an article on early Etruscan life. It was titled “Skeleton of early Prince Reveals Etruscan Life”. The Etruscans they are talking about lived between 616 & 579 BC. That’s a long time ago. If you have been to Pompeii or are planning a trip to Naples or Rome Italy, go and see Pompeii. It’s that famous city that was destroyed by the volcano Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was not destroyed by lava but very hot volcanic ash that covered the entire city killing everyone inside. After they found this remarkable city they dug out the ash and discovered a modern city. Some of the things that were amazing to us were:

  1. Stone ovens like our brick pizza ovens probably for bread
  2. Speed bumps to slow down the horse and carriages inside the city
  3. A water gravity system that when turned on cleaned the streets automatically
  4. Homes that were very large and beautiful. Several I would love to live in today
  5. Graffiti on the walls as a form of communication
  6. Hotels
  7. Theaters

Don’t miss this wonderful glimpse into the past.

George & Jo Anne


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