Procida: Picture Perfect

Procida: Picture Perfect

Procida lies low in the Gulf of Naples, much like a snoozing crocodile–immobile, so that one barely notices it. From the air, it looks like a Scotty dog.

Ischia by Sea

Ischia by Sea

As we pulled around the castello we could see Procida, Vivara and the whole Gulf of Napoli from a different perspective. Most impressive was Vesuvius which looked like it was rising in all its majesty right out of the water. Breathtaking is the only way to describe it.

The Papermakers of Amalfi

The Papermakers of Amalfi

At the end of the trail is the Paper Museum. The Italians started the first steps toward the process of “industrializing” paper making by mechanizing many jobs once done by hand

Procida: Good Friday

Procida: Good Friday

The plaintiff wail of a lone trumpet greets the dawn of Good Friday on Procida. It is followed by the slow, funereal drum beat signaling the start of a sacred procession recalling the Passion and death of Jesus Christ.

Capri – Cool, Calm and Collected

Capri – Cool, Calm and Collected

If I told you there was a place near Naples where elephants, leopards and hippopotamuses once roamed, would you believe me? Well, these exotic animals lived happily and thrived, guess where? On Capri. How they got there is of course, a geologic story.

Ischia – Mystery of the Thermal Waters

Ischia – Mystery of the Thermal Waters

While waters have been used for therapeutic purposes for millennia, the question we, in our modern world must ask is “Do those waters actually have any real therapeutic benefits, or is any benefit, perceived or real, the result of a placebo effect?”

Ischia – The Fountain of Youth

Ischia – The Fountain of Youth

We are not the only ones seeking youth. In fact, the idea of a fountain of youth has always roused man’s imagination, even in ancient times. And guess what? Ancient man found it. And guess what? It was volcanic. And guess where it was? Ischia.

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