Tuesday at 7am we were back on the Freccia Rossa heading out of Roma Termini to Naples for a transfer to the Circumvesuviana, the suburban commuter train that passes the archeological site of Pompeii. A settlement was present on the site of Pompeii as early as the 8th century BCE. Originally, the town was right … Read more

Reggia di Caserta & Naples

Monday morning found us back on the Freccia Rossa, Italy’s high speed train, at 8 am, headed out of Roma Termini towards Napoli Centrale. Our itinerary was simple: spend the morning at the Reggia di Caserta (Royal Palace of Caserta), located about 20 miles north of Naples, then hop the train and spend the afternoon … Read more

Sicily to Rome

On Sunday morning, we said a lingering goodbye to Sicily via the high speed train to Rome.  It’s a long ride – 9-10 hours, depending on which train you catch – but we decided that views along the coast would make the ride worthwhile. We traveled in business class, which was very comfortable and fairly … Read more

Isola Bella/Taormina

Friday morning, we were scheduled to return the car at 9 am to the rental car office in Giardini Naxos (thank the goddess). Naxos, you may recall, was the original Greek colony, founded in the 8th century BCE by second sons from Naxos, Greece. Taormina was formed in the 3rd century BCE by refugees from Naxos … Read more

Mount Etna

Etna dominates the landscape in northeastern Sicily, looming above everything at ~ 11,000 feet, its elevation changing constantly with eruptions. Etna is an extremely active volcano – locals say they feel sad when it is not actively smoking and spewing lava. Instead of one central crater, Etna has many vents at various elevations, relieving internal … Read more