Our last stop was Rome. We had 2-1/2 glorious days to explore the city and only scratched the surface. It's a visual feast. I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
A couple long flights and we're home with memories of a wonderful trip and new friends.
This has been one fantastic trip. One of the reasons it's been so great is our drivers and guides are the BEST!
Many people who love to travel don't have a spouse/life partner to travel with. These solo travelers have a "home" with us. Twenty four of our eighty four travelers on this trip were solo.
From Sorrento we traveled along the Bay of Naples to the excavated ruins of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under 13 - 20 feet of ash. The site was lost for about 1,500 years until its initial rediscovery in 1599. The objects that lay beneath the city have been well-preserved for centuries because of the lack of air and moisture. These artifacts provide an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the Pax Romana.
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for over 250 years. Today it has UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.
After lunch we began our adventure exploring the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. This is a 25 mile stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula is a popular tourist destination, attracting thousands of tourists annually. Lyn described it as, "Breath-taking views and hold your breath curves that cling to mountainsides make for an exciting ride!" She was right! We were glad to be in the capable hands of a skilled local driver. In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape.
We stopped in the charming town of Amalfi where you will have time to explore and discovered yet another wonderful gelato shop! Then it was off to Minori where we visited a family-owned limoncello factory - samples, of course! We topped that off with a typical Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. The day of non-stop delights was topped off with a 4-course meal at one of Sorrento’s charming seaside restaurants.
The town of Alberobello has the unusually built huts known as "trulli ". They have cone-shaped roofs and no mortar to hold the stones together. There is some speculation that, because of high property taxes, they could quickly and easily be torn down and reconstructed, depending on where the tax assessors were.
Their heyday was the 19th century, especially during the development of wine growing in the area, although there is evidence they existed in the 17th century. Today, they serve as tourist shops and cafés.
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