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Old September 21st, 2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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Naples and the Amalfi Coast

A few of my pictures.

Naples is in the the Southwest of Italy. The city is overshadowed by Mount Vesuvius which one day threatens to repeat the devestation it brought to Pompeii (which is now entirely within the metropolitan area of the city).

In many ways it is a huge, chaotic, sprawling mess but it certainly has an exciting atmosphere and the surrounding coastline is probably the best I have ever seen. The centre has a lot of history with grand buildings and monuments but it is more notable for the warren of narrow streets with tall building either side (where people stretch their washing accross to dry on the upper levels) and the constant buzz of Vespas zipping around. The most spectacular of these is Spaccanapoli which runs through the heart of the old town.

The outer parts of the city are characterised by dense low rise urban sprawl that climbs up the surrounding hills. With an atmosphere that has a lot more in common with places like Cairo and Tunis rather than the other cities I have visited in northen Italy it is a unique place.

All these pictures were taken in spring 2007. Apologise for the quality of some but I thought it would be interesting to put them up anyway.

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A couple of shots from the around the city. The last was taken from Vesuvius. You can just about make out the city through the smog.

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Pompeii

Its surprisingly huge. Most of the relics are now gone leaving just the shell of the city behind but it's still fascinating to walk around.

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This would have been the shop of a food vendor.

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Vesuvius

This was once a single larger volcano but was blown apart when it erupted leaving two peaks divided by a valley and a new crater. The second picture shows the dried lava flow that seperates the two peaks.

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THE AMALFI COAST

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Sorrento balances on the edges of the cliffs overlooking the sea. It has great views accross the bay to Naples on the horizon about 25 miles away.

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Positano is balanced on near sheer mountains.

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Solerno. A fairly large but strangely nothingless place about 40 miles from Naples.

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Old September 21st, 2012, 07:22 PM   #2
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Great, very nice photos from Napoli
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Old September 22nd, 2012, 04:04 PM   #3
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Quartieri Spagnoli has even narrower streets than the rest of the old city. A must see. Naples is a fantastic place, although not for everyone, and some have suggested that the Vesuvius is the very reason for its chaotic and rather anarchic nature.

Btw these are close by too -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phlegraean_Fields
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Old September 22nd, 2012, 05:18 PM   #4
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Naples is absolutely fascinating . Fantastic pics
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