Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Now that I’m back in the US after 4 years abroad in Europe, I’ve noticed thousands of photos I’ve haven’t gone through from my travels there. So, each third week of the month, I’ll be posting favorite photos from the travel archives…
I’ve posted previously on Italy’s Lost City of Pompeii and separately on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, but often the two aren’t connected though they’re merely a handful of miles apart. Here, find photos from both, one of my favorite regions in Europe: Italy’s Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, south of Rome.
The Amalfi Coast is a gem with dazzling turquoise waters and steep, sheer cliffs that drop breathlessly into the Mediterranean.
“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” -John Steinbeck, Harper’s Bazaar, 1953
The road that leads to Amalfi, Positano, and Praiano begins in Naples (or Napoli as the Italians call it). The famous lost city of Pompeii sits nestled in the southern part of Naples, between the harbor and the daunting volcano, Mt. Vesuvius.
“The city of Pompeii is a partially buried Roman town-city on the southwestern coast of Italy … Pompeii was partially destroyed and buried under nearly 20 ft of ash lava in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Pompeii was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749.” -on Pompeii, guidebook
In the year since I’ve spent time in the Pompeii and Amalfi Coast region, it still strikes me, the incredible natural beauty of the region and the immense destruction it suffered in ancient times.
I highly recommend visiting the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii. If you plan to visit, be sure to avoid the roads if you’re easily car-sick, and make sure you bring your camera. Enjoy!