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Visit Herculaneum – Surprising Details In the Shadow of Pompeii

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Herculaneum – More Intimate and Lesser Known than Pompeii Lost in the shadow of Pompeii popularity is Herculaneum.  Everyone has studied the history of Mt. Vesuvius and its aftermath the most famous being Pompeii but there are other areas that were affected and ruins found over the years.  There are actually five archeological sites to […]

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Train from Naples to Herculaneum, the Circumvesuviana Adventure

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Italy by train can be quite easy for travel between cities (Naples-Rome-Florence-Venice-Milan) as well as local travel to towns and villages along the way if you do a bit of research and don’t get distracted. I was interested in a day trip via train from Naples to Herculaneum, a town affected by Mt. Vesuvius in […]

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The Amalfi Coast Photo Tour – A Great Day Trip from Sorrento or Naples

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My first visit to the Amalfi Coast was more than twenty years ago on a bus tour of senior citizens where I was their token granddaughter. It was a busy bus tour of Italy over ten days with Globus Tours.  We were scheduled to stay overnight in Sorrento but the hotel was full so we […]

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Naples, Italy: Gritty, Chaotic and Beautiful (Just Like Life)

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I never planned to visit Naples, Italy but was convinced by a business colleague who had been stationed there during his time in the Navy. He loved it and to hear him talk of Naples well I wanted to love it too. He warned me that the people can be “gruff at first but if you […]

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Hotel Excelsior Naples – A Suite Surprise Upgrade on my SPG Award Stay

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One of the best benefits of the Starwood SPG program is using points to redeem for hotels that you’d rarely ever stay in due to the cost or type.  The Excelsior Naples was one such hotel – it is a historic hotel located at the end of the Partenope with views of the Castel du […]

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Underground Naples – Discover the History

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Hidden within the lanes of the Old Town is the Underground Naples Tour. As you descend the stairs to another world entirely, you quickly forget the chaos of the city above, the heat of the day and are taken back in time.   I had no clue about this tour. I made an offhanded comment at an […]

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Naples Pizza at L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele Review of the Oldest Pizza Shop

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Two people, my colleague and the Napoli owner of the Italian restaurant in Barcelona, said you MUST eat pizza at the oldest pizza shop in Naples, L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. I had to go to experience a real Napoli pizza in all its glory.   With the assistance of Google Maps, I eventually found the pizza shop after two […]

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“Naples is Like a Movie Set” with Bike Tour Napoli

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Despite the live version of Frogger playing out on the Naples streets where I was running thru traffic hoping that the cars, buses and scooters would stop to let me cross, I somehow decided “I want to do a bike tour of the city”.  I found Bike Tour Napoli on TripAdvisor and sent an email […]

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Boutique Hotel Naples: Partenope Relais, A Movie Themed Hotel on The Waterfront

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In my research of Naples, I happened upon the Partenope Relais on the waterfront.  Intrigued by the fact that it was only 24 boutique styled rooms on one floor, I was sold on the theme – the movies.  Each room would have a famous scene from the actor or director in it.  It seemed interesting […]