Capri’s Villa Jovis

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Fixer upper: Expansive Italian villa with breathtaking, panoramic views, 1.7 acres, its own cistern and outdoor baths and plenty of wild goats to keep you company. As one who sets out to see every Roman archaeological site possible, I climb where ancient Romans tread…I climb…and climb…and climb some more, to the top of Capri’s Mount […]

Family in Catacombs San Gennaro

The Buried Secrets of Ancient Naples

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So much of the dark wondrous history of Naples lies steps below the modern metropolis, back in time, down to the Catacombs of San Gennaro, (Via Capodimonte 13, Naples) off the beaten path.  The paleo-Christian site lies a good 20-30 minute bus ride north of the city center, leading toward Capodimonte and bordering the hilltop […]

Pompei’s Villa of The Mysteries

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I had long heard about La Villa dei Misteri. For years it had been under restoration and its location at the world’s most famous archaeology site is in a remote corner.  This day, however, was different.  Restoration complete, the sun was shining and it’s springtime in Pompei so I ventured to explore this true ancient […]

The Best of Greece in the South of Italy

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About two hours south of Sorrento lies the best of ancient Greece, truly, in Italy.  Paestum is much more than just one of the average archaeological sites which dot the Italian landscape.  It’s a sixty-two acre parcel with three of the best preserved ancient Greek temples, in or out of Greece. While the Romans gave […]

Napoli’s Ancient Catacomb di San Gennaro

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In the south of Italy, the souls and spirits of the ancients still linger just steps below modern man, as if to literally reach out and touch from the beyond.  Just a few meters below the grand church of The Basilica of Good Counsel lies the largest Christian catacomb in southern Italy, the Catacomb of […]