Tom and Joan's Trip to Italy - 2005
In September of 2005, Joan and Tom, along with Joan's sister Kathy
and her sister Barbara and husband, Lee went on a trip to the Bay of
Naples and Rome. Joan found this great "villa" online, which was
advertized to be an old pirate's cave made into a villa right on the
Bay of Naples, near Sorrento. Well, it was a real interesting
place to spend a week. The location was fantastic and we used it
as a base to visit the many sites around Naples, which include Pompei,
Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius, Caserta, Capri, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast
and Naples itself. We spent a glorious week there and really saw
everything we could.
Here is an exterior and interior view of the villa.
We took a boat ride from Sorrento to the Blue Grotto on Capri.
Here is a beautiful shot of Sorrento Harbor and then the ice blue
waters of the Blue Grotto
Another beautiful day was a drive down the Amalfi Coast. What
stunning scenery! Here's a view of Positano
Another of the high points was a hike to the top of Mount Vesuvius,
which is still smoking! It was a long trek, but the view from the
top was breathtaking. It seemed so odd to be at the summit of
such a famous volcano. Here's the intrepid group at the summit.
No trip to Italy is complete without a few days in Rome and this
trip was no exception. The one place Joan and I never got to see
in all our previous trips was the famed Domus Aurea, or Nero's Golden
House. It was a fabulous home for that decadent emperor, who
supposedly fiddled while Rome burned. Rome's succeeding emperor
so despised what Nero had done as ruler that he buried the house and
built public baths on top of it. After many years of excavation
and restoration, the house opened up to the public a few years
ago. It's not much to see, since it was stripped of anything of
value before it was buried, but it was something we always wanted to
visit. Here is a view down one of the grand hallways.