After Rome we explored Southern Italy: Lipari, Sorrento, Isle of Capri and Pompeii.
We started in Canneto, a town on the island of Lipari, where my father’s side if the family is from. I got to see the house where my great grandfather, Angelino, grew up. It was pretty amazing! I spent most of my time catching up with family and swimming at the beach – the water was crystal clear!
(Below) View of Canneto
From Lipari we headed to Sorrento, a beautiful town on built on a cliff. I really enjoyed exploring the small streets through Sorrento, although it is much more busy (So many tourists!) than the peaceful Canneto. Sorrento is apparently known for lemons, so I had to try a lemon granita and limoncello!
(Below) A street in Sorrento
We were able to get the train from Sorrento to Pompeii excavation site. Pompeii is probably the best preserved city of its time, as it was covered by ash during the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was like a historical Disneyland. It was different to the Palatine in that you could imagine people living there, with it’s colorful frescoes, mosaics, and original graffiti on the walls. Giuseppe Fiorelli’s plaster casts were particularly interesting and tragic at the same time, as you could see citizens of Pompeii on their last moments.
(Below) A plaster cast in Pompeii
(Below) Perfect day for my “I love history” shirt.
(Below) Mosaic of a dog (“Beware of the dog” is written underneath) in the House of the Tragic Poet