Pompeii, Pomero, Taormina, & Naples, Italy

Street Taormina Italy
Taormina, Italy
Beautiful Isola d'Elba Taormina Italy
Beautiful Isola d'Elba - Taormina, Italy
Young Pregnant Women Died Pompeli Italy
Young Pregnant Women Died at Pompeli, Italy
Ancient Porn Sex Pompeii Italy
Ancient Porn in Bordello - Pompeii, Italy

Italy (Pompeii, Pomero, Taormina, & Naples) (5/16-18/2009)

We had three very memorable Italian ports of call on our Mediterranean trans-Atlantic cruise. 

We first landed at Pomero in Sicily and visited beautiful Taormina. Taormina is an absolutely charming hillside village with a famous coastline, the spectacular Isola d’Elba (see photos).

We then went to Naples on the stunning Amalfi Coast. One of Naples' claims to fame is claiming to have invented pizza. We had some Naples' pizza and believe that the world outside Naples has bettered the recipe. Naples is an energetic city with loud traffic. The heart of Naples' city, the colorful Spaccanapoli, was once an enclave of monumental palazzos and magnaificient churches. 

Spaccanapoli is now filled with time-battered tenements and workshops with Vespa-filled streets and vendors who hawk just about everything. Naples was once the seat of a powerful, independent kingdom for more than 500 years, and drew Europe's finest architects and artists.

Pompeii Italy
Pompeii, Italy
Outside of Naples, we spent most the day exploring the famous ruins of Pompeii, an opulent ancient Roman port city where rich Romans and even Emperors lived. The Pompeiian homes, wine shops, public houses, and even a bordello buried under ash after a violent volcano eruption in 79 AD and excavated in the 1700’s, offer a glimpse into wealthy Roman life 1,900 years ago at the peak of their power. Nearly 2.5 million tourists visit yearly but Pompeii is large enough to provide quiet corners. See the photo of a young pregnant lady attempting to hide before dying.

Beach Marina di Campo Elba Italy
Beach at Marina di Campo - Elba, Italy
Our third Italian port of call was Portoferraio on the island of Elba. Elba is the island where Napoleon was sent after he was first defeated in Europe - tough “imprisonment” with two wonderful palaces, 600 soldiers, and named emperor of this beautiful island. We visited Napoleon’s house before having a beach day at Elba's Marina di Campo (see photo).

Please see our other 7 posts on wonderful Italy:

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Lake Como, Bellagio, & Menaggio - Living Around the Lake

Lake Como Villas & Villages, Italy

Lake Maggiore & Isola Bella, Italy

Pompeii, Naples, Pomero, & Taormina, Italy

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