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Posts tagged ‘Naples’

Weekending: Sorrento in Italy

At the top of steep cliffs which drop down into a bright blue sea on the Italian coast south of Naples is the town of Sorrento. In Greek mythology Sorrento was home to the sirens, who lured passing sailors onto the rocks with their songs. Read more


Pompeii: The Roman city frozen in time

“Caecilius est in horto. Cerberus est canis.” This might bring back memories if you were made to learn Latin at school, with the Cambridge Latin Course textbooks about Caecilius, Metella and Cerberus the dog who lived in Pompeii. Read more

In pictures: The colourful harbour of Marina Grande

Tucked away around a headland which separates it from Sorrento is the pretty fishing port of Marina Grande. Pastel-coloured buildings line the harbour and the hillside above it, painted in summery shades of blue, pink, yellow and green. Read more

Inside the volcano: Climbing Vesuvius’ crater

‘We’re going where?’ After trudging up a kilometre of stony, dusty track that looped its way up the side of the volcano, we had reached the top of Vesuvius. Or so I thought. Read more