I remember learning about Pompeii and Vesuvius at School. I was always fascinated about Roman history and had always wanted to go there one day. Nothing, however prepares you for the vast, beautifully preserved and wondrous site that is Pompeii. I can safely say I was awe-inspired at what I saw. Amazing how well looked after the site is. Shops, streets and villa's. The graffiti on the walls, indicating an Election just before Vesuvius erupted. The brothels, bakeries, Forum and temples, all distinguishable, at least partly in tact, for those of my generation, to learn and educate ourselves on what was essentially a small provincial town, destroyed by a volcano in the distant past. As a rule lost to history, but through a fluke of fate, perfectly preserved.
We have stayed in Sorrento twice now. What a wonderful, picturesque and historic place it is. Stretching along the Southern Coast of Italy, built into the cliffs, houses, homes, shops and hotels, spread out along the Neopolitan Riviera. Truly memorable, over looking the Mediterranean, stylish and full of life, vibrant and delicious!
Southern Italy 2003
The Eternal City and the Vatican, was a true treat for the senses. I have been there twice now and despite, not being religious I can safely say, The Vatican feels deeply spiritual, breathtakingly beautiful and stunningly divine. Entering St Peter's Basilica was a wonderful experience, I shall never forget. I literally had to catch my breath, after experiencing the sheer heavenliness around me. Rubbing the foot of St Peter and the quiet contemplation of those devoted Catholic followers.
The monuments and treasures of Rome can not be equalled. Wherever you travel within the sprawling City, around every corner, behind every door, beneath every building, there is something more, than what you have just experienced. Just when you think you have seen everything another amazing wonder of the ancient World pops up, jumping into your senses. You simply can not take in everything at once, there is just far too much.
Go to Italy, but do not expect to see and do everything, during one holiday. Go again and again. Each time you do, you will love it more and more. Enjoy Italy, all of it and rest assured you will return year after year!
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