Ischia - and other Campanian places
All 'doable' as daytrips from Ischia, with one or two requiring a fairly early start!
Click on the pictures that follow, for collections from individual places - and
:: Travelling in Campania ::
A guide to some of the region's public transport routes
(Last updated mid-2013, so do double-check for yourselves!)
:: The green island of Ischia ::
Twenty miles or so from Naples - about 45 minutes by hydrofoil - and our home since 2003
:: Procida ::
Although separated from Ischia by only a narrow channel, the small island of Procida
nevertheless has a character and (for much of the year) tranquillity all of its own.
Known best perhaps as the location where much of "Il Postino" was filmed, the island
has also featured in several other movies, including "The Talented Mister Ripley".
Click on the images here to open the various individual collections...
:: National Railway Museum - Pietrarsa ::
Italy's very first railway line ran along the coast, past Vesuvius - from the royal villa
in Portici to the capital of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies.
Today the Pietrarsa railway museum is housed where Ferdinand II built his trains, on the
seafront only a mile or two from the centre of Naples - and within easy reach of Sorrento.
:: Paestum - Greek temples ::
Among the greatest glories of Campania, Paestum is one of the few places in Italy that affords more than a
glimpse of Magna Grecia - the overseas colonies established by the city states of ancient Greece.
Here the remains of three magnificent temples stand amidst ruins from the walled city, attracting relatively
few visitors despite Naples, Sorrento and Amalfi all being so close.
(Click on individual pictures here for a larger version)
:: Pozzuoli and the Fields of Fire ::
To ancient Romans the Campi Flegrei - an area west of Naples, out to the edge of the Bay
and beyond - was a mystical place... one where inexplicable forces, wielded by their
gods and by nature, had together created a landscape like no other they knew.
Pozzuoli, the largest settlement there, has long suffered from repeated bradyseism - a
slow rise and fall in the land that frequently forces its inhabitants to flee the city.
Before the city of Rome had a harbour of its own, "Puteoli" was immensely important -
as centre of the grain trade with Sicily and North Africa, it was here that Saint Paul
the Apostle landed on his way to trial in the capital.
Click on the pictures here, either for larger versions or sets from the individual places!
:: Pompeii ::
. The remains of an ancient Roman city, famously buried under volcanic ash in AD 79.
. To find opening times etc for the various archaeological sites around Vesuvius, the official
. website - currently available only in Italian - starts here __http://www.pompeiisites.org/
. Their Pompei section is on __http://www.pompeiisites.org/Sezione.jsp?idSezione=55
. For a better look at these pictures, and to see the various captions and notes, click on the
. individual thumbnails. PC users might also press F11, for fullscreen mode)...
. Otherwise, try the "Slideshow" button, at top right!
:: Herculaneum ::
Near neighbour to Pompeii, the ruins of the Roman coastal town of Herculaneum
are situated in (under?) the modern city today known as Ercolano.
Although destroyed during the same eruption of AD 79, different forces were at work
- and the buildings and streets fared very differently; rather than being consumed by
fire they were buried by a deep layer of volcanic ash, which the rains then turned
into mud that hardened as an airtight seal some 20 metres thick in places.
A smaller site than Pompeii - with much of the town yet to be excavated from
under the streets of modern Ercolano - and in generally better condition, the
ruins are much more easily appreciated as having once been part of a living city.
In several places earlier scavenging tunnels, dug far into the deep layers of
sediment in the hope of unearthing both treasures and the papyri of libraries,
have been preserved and can be explored....
[2013 note... If planning a visit, do check whether - and when - the gorgeous
"Surburban baths" would be open, as they seem to have been off-limits for a
good while now]
(click on individual pictures for larger versions)