14 July 2012

Trip To Amalfi Coast, Italy

Posted By Happy Homemaker UK




I don't know why, but the Amalfi Coast has been on my bucket list for the last few years

We visited last month, and my family had to drag me back onto the plane




And the water was warm enough so that even I could dip in




We visited the villages of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello

We didn't make it to the Isle of Capri 
- saved for next time -

But we did make it to Pompeii, 
buried by ash in 79AD by Mt Vesuvius
and rediscovered in 1748 under 20 feet of earth


Mt Vesuvius


These Roman-straight streets were filled with sewage at the time
I love the stepping stones pedestrians used to get across the road/sewer
Chariot wheels were the perfect width to get through them (you can see their ruts)




One of the largest European archaeological sites,
this city has not been completely unearthed
as funds have been diverted to saving and restoring what has already been discovered




Archaeologists discovered 'voids' where people and animals had decomposed

Cleverly the voids were filled with plaster of paris to see what shape had been in the space,
revealing wooden doors, people, and animals

Later we hiked up Mt Vesuvius to the crater


Mt Vesuvius Crater


Not a lot to see inside, but the outside of the crater was covered in this pink flower,
centranthus ruber/ Valerian

I don't know what this flower is
but it is gorgeous
and found along the coast




Now back to my 'happy place'




Don't you love this guy's office?

- all photos by me -

42 comments:

YONKS said...

This coastline has been on my bucket list too. Now you have made me REALLY want to go! :-)
Di
x

eileeninmd said...

What a gorgeous place to visit. Thanks for the tour and sharing your lovely trip. Have a wonderful day.

Sunray Gardens said...

What a fantastic place to visit. I can see why they had a hard time getting you to leave. Fabulous pictures.

Cher Sunray Gardens

Pom Pom said...

Hi Laura!
Oh, how BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for showing us how wonderful it was! I wouldn't want to get on the plane either!

Mary Timmers said...

Laura, Loved this post. We were there a few years ago but only for a day-tour. I would love to go back and spend much more time. You are so fortunate as an American to be living so close to all this stuff right now. So take advantage of it, and send it on to us! Thanks.

TexWisGirl said...

what a great trip this must have been! pompei would be fascinating!

Char said...

Just last week I saw the Pompei exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center. You brought it to life for me. And - I hope you don't mind but I absolutely love your photographs and I sometimes use them for my desktop background and when I turn my computer on, I get to dream for a few seconds of being somewhere else. Thanks for your beautiful photos and taking me places I will never go myself!!!

Pondside said...

I visited there nearly 30 years ago and have always longed to go back. At that time we were young parents, with a little one and we drove those roads in an old VW camper. I've love to re-visit in a little more luxury!

Ola said...

wow, I would love to visit Pompei! and the pictures are just great!

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Down by the sea said...

That area of italy is on my list of places to go. Your pictures are wonderful, I now want to go even more!
Sarah x

fiona anderson said...

Oh wow, what a fantastic trip - Positano, Ravello and Pompeii are all places I've wanted to visit for years. Thanks for sharing these great photos !

Egretta Wells blog said...

Droll, gush and wish!!The cream on the cake was the artist painting there. Oh, what a dream. Maybe someday, I will be painting there too....fingers crossed as I type! Thanks for sharing the beauty of the Amalfi coast with us.

Michelle said...

WOW! Glad you enjoyed yourself :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

After visiting Rome, Venice and Florence, it has been my greatest desire to go to the Amalfi Coast. I feel like once I take in all that beauty, God can just go ahead and take me. I'll have been fulfilled. This really is a gorgeous destination. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures with us.

Desire Empire said...

Loved this and shared it to facebook

greenthumb said...

What a great place to visit I can see how it was on you bucket list. Love the softness of the colour in your photos.

Older Mum said...

Fantastic pictures - sounds like you had a wonderful time!

Robyn said...

looks fab-my aunt and uncle recently came back-it is on my hit list!

Emm said...

Wow, what stunning photos! I've wanted to go to Italy for many years and we almost made it to the Amalfi Coast this year. I have to say, your photos are making me really regret not booking those tickets.

Dave D said...

Re: the Valerian, I've got lots of it growing wild in the garden (and most other people's gardens), it seems to like the chalky soil around here. The flower is a bit less exotic here in England though, looks like this: http://www.herbwaybio.com/en/Upfile/2011421/2011042164417141.jpg in pink and red varieties.

Louise said...

What an amazing place - Pompeii is somewhere I'd love to visit!

Cathy said...

Love your photos and it looks like you had a lovely time. I particularly like the last photo and the guy's office :-)

Devon said...

wow what a beautiful country..so glad you were able to visit it..thanks for sharing..
devon

Loree said...

I can see why you had to be dragged to the plane - it's such a beautiful place. My husband and I went to Pompei on our honeymoon (not very romantic, I know - but we both had wanted to visit for a very long time). That second flower looks very much like a caper flower to me.

lisaroyhandbags said...

Isn't it amazing? Visiting there has been some of my favorite holiday destinations. You MUST go to Capri!

Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

I've always wanted to go there, too. The Pompei facts are fascinating. Great photos.

withinireland said...

I was tempted to unsubsribe from receiving your emails/new posts because you keep adding destinations to my ever-growing list. beautiful photos, lovely descriptions - this is so dangerous!

Ali said...

I totally understand your reluctance to return to the soggy U.K. Hopefully you can go back soon.

Ali x

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Really?! That's a huge compliment!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Knowing you are a painter, you would LOVE it!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Wow - I'm glad you liked it that much. Thanks for passing along :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I knew one of my smart readers would be able to identify it. I looked it up, and it is. I will never look at a caper berry the same :) THANK YOU!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

You are right, we MUST :) I am hoping to make it to your part of the world too :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

You made me chuckle :) Thank you :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Great story! I have a romantic idea about VW campers - sounds like a wonderful way travel. I can imagine the coastal curvy roads provided a bit more adventure with the camper :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

We grew this in our American garden too - I love this long blooming flower requiring little water. I love how they grow in walls along the road in the West Country. Thanks for sharing :)

Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

I am sold! I want to go now. (Actually, I've wanted to go for a while, but now I really, really want to go.) History, culture and beauty. Fantastic post!

likeschocolate said...

I so wanted to bring a painting home from that guy. My husband thought it was too expensive. Then he changed his mind, but the guy wasn't there the next morning. Love Positano!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness - how amazing - I would never have come back!!! thanks so much for the wonderful virtual trip!
Mary x

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I am so glad you enjoyed your trip to one of our all time favourite regions of Italy.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

It was really stunning. It really should be on more people's bucket list - but then I guess it would be more crowded :)

My Garden Diaries said...

Insane! Your photos are breath taking lady! Wow! So cool that you get to experience all of this!