EUROPE 2005         








Cruise   CRUISE

Villefranche, Monaco, Monte Carlo

Florence, Pisa


Sorrento, Pompeii

Naples Shore 4
Our final day ashore started in Naples, and took us along the Amalfi Coast to the small town of Sorrento and then to the ruins at Pompeii.  I think Sorrento and the Olive Oil "Factory" were probably highlights of the entire cruise - nice to get out of the big city!  And Pompeii was near the top of my list of must-see attractions for the cruise.

Click here to see our excursions to the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, and then the ruins at Pompeii.

Naples at dawn Naples Mom
The port of Naples at dawn Naples Mom at the Cameo Factory
Amalfi Coast

First we rode up the Amalfi Coast. With its ocean views and beautiful vistas, it's one of the most breathtaking stretches of road in the world.  We traveled from Naples via the autostrada and the Campanian coastal route to Sorrento, and enjoyed the panoramic scenery of the Bay of Naples as we made our way towards the Sorrentine Peninsula.

Mt. Vesuvius Barb and Chris Amalfi Coast
View of Mt. Vesuvius with Naples at its base - still active volcano about 15 miles SE of Naples Stopped along the Amalfi Coast Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast Amalfi Coast Amalfi Coast
Along the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast Amalfi Coast Amalfi Coast
Olive Oil Factory

Our next stop was a local farmhouse in Sorrento, nestled in the hills and located over this beautiful town. This simple family-owned farm produces mozzarella cheese, fresh vegetables, olives, and lemons. We learned about the processes of producing olive oil, hand-made mozzarella, and limoncella liquor. Then we had what I think was our best meal of the trip - a taste of the mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, salami, bread and incredible olive oil in a peaceful setting of lemon and olive trees.

Olive Oil Factory Olives
Olive Oil Factory Olives !
Making oil Making Mozarella Mom
Description of making oil
(olive stamping pit barely visible in foreground)
Say "Cheese"! Serious lunch
Barb Barb and Mom Mom
As I was saying ... I'll drink to that Maria's Cheesy Place
Barb Mom Leaving through the grapes
Town of Sorrento

The cliff-top town of Sorrento is a popular resort destination due its charming atmosphere, breathtaking location, and local cuisine.  We had a great time exploring and shopping in Sorrento's charming flowered-filled streets that offer a wide array of boutiques, souvenir shops, and atmospheric outdoor cafés.  The mostly pedestrian-only streets are narrow and cobbled and cluttered with interesting specialty shops of all kinds.   

Sorrento Sign Mom Bay
Community of Sorrento An expert in international markets The bay at Sorrento, overlooking the coast
Sorrento streets Sorrento streets Hotel resort
Pedestrian "streets" A view of the bathing changing houses and swimming bay at one of the resort hotels
Pompeii is one of the most famous excavation sites in the world.  A thriving city 1,900 years ago, it was devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. when 30 feet of volcanic ash and pumice stone covered it.  Entering Pompeii by the sea gate, a short walk leads to the hub of the city: the Forum. Lavish temples and porticoes with elaborate sculptures, carvings and frescoes have lain beneath the ash for centuries.  The baths, the theatres, the wrestling ground and the luxurious villas stand empty, yet there are still many echoes of Pompeii's daily life: the wine shop, the stepping stones, the mosaic floors and the brilliant frescoes are examples of Pompeii's everyday life. Map of Pompeii
Pompeii entrance Basilica Temple of Apollo
Pompeii entrance Basilica Temple of Apollo
Artifacts Artifacts Artifacts
Various artifacts excavated at the site
Temple of Apollo Temple of Jupiter City street
Temple of Apollo Temple of Jupiter Street in the city, with cart wheel ruts along the edges of the curbs
Mom Statues Chris
Intently listening ... Sculptures Looking for that Kodak moment
Carving Carving Mosaic floor
Carved altar from the
Sanctuary of the Genius of Augustus
Detail of a doorway carving Mosaic floor
Frescoes Frescoes Frescoes
Nearly 2000-year-old frescoes at the House of the Great Altar
Frescoe and carving Barb Ceiling in baths
Stabian Baths, with frescoes and carvings

There were 2000-year old lead pipes supplying the baths!

Barb Large Theatre Mom
Deep in thought ...   (looks like it hurts) Large Theatre Collecting stickers ...
some stranger even helped out
Exiting behind the Gladiator Barracks
Interesting Pompeii Links

Pompeii Forum and Collaborative Research Site (including pictures):

Pompeii Sites Org:  Good archaeological info, photos, and virtual tour: