Europe 1979 -11 – Italy: Vico Equense, Pompeii and Capri

Vico Equense

Cliff side with ocean.
Vico Equense
View from our Hotel

Have you heard of the town Vico Equense? It is where we stayed when we visited Pompeii and the Isle of Capri.

This may have been the most beautiful place that we saw on our tour of Europe. Our hotel was atop the cliff, and it had an elevator that went down the side of the cliff to the water below. The view from our hotel was amazing. Mt. Vesuvius could be seen from the hotel.

Cliff side with ocean.
Vico Equense
View from our Hotel
Ocean with Mt. Vesuvius in the background.
View of Mt. Vesuvius
from our Hotel

I’ve included two Google maps: One to shows the location of Vico Equense with regards to Pompeii and to Capri. And a second to show where it is located on the boot.

Close up map of Vico Equense, Pompei and Capri
Map of Italy with location of Vico Equense noted.

Pompeii

We spent a day exploring the ruins of Pompeii which included a guided tour. I remember it as a very hot day. Well, it was summer, and we were in southern Italy. We were there to learn about something that had happened nearly 2,000 years earlier.

The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii occurred in 79 A.D. According to Google, 2000 people died in Pompeii; although, the eruption killed 16,000 people overall. According to Google, Pompeii still has about 170 acres which are still unexplored. Back then, as well as today, I find the story of Pompeii absolutely fascinating.

Pompeii ruins
Pompeii
with Mt. Vesuvius in the Background
Betty standing among the Pompeii ruins.
Tour group walking among the Pompeii ruins with Mt. Vesuvius in the distance.
Tour group at the Pompeii ruins listening to a guide.

Capri

Our visit to the Isle of Capri was to see the Blue Grotto. I remember having to lean over when our little row boat entered the Blue Grotto. The opening or entrance to the cave was not all that big. But once inside, it was very beautiful with the water being an amazing shade of blue.

Inside the Blue Grotto
Inside the Blue Grotto

After we saw the Blue Grotto, we spent the afternoon on Capri. We had a choice of enjoying the beach or taking a tour or visiting something else on the isle. While I don’t often choose to just sit on a beach, I remember Diane and I just really wanted to rest, and this beautiful beach seemed the perfect place to do that. Our tour was go-go-go, and this was a chance to stop, even if just for the afternoon. So, that’s what we did. I probably missed something good, but I don’t remember what it was. I do remember our tour guide, Christian, saying, “Are you sure you don’t want to go?”

Betty with a boat in the background.
Tour group friends with a boat in the background.
On the boat.  Our tour guide, Christian, and a cliff in the background.
Our Tour Guide, Christian
Betty on the boat with a cliff in the background.
Betty and Diane on a rocky beach.
Betty and Diane
Capri 1979

Next up: Arrivederci to the hot weather

25 comments

  1. Very beautiful, indeed! I’ve read about Pompeii, but had never seen pictures of the Blue Grotto. Bellissima da togliere il fiato! This is what came up when I put “Breathtakingly beautiful” into Google Translate.😊 Thank you for sharing your European adventures, Betty. I’m really enjoying this!

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    • You are welcome, David. Thanks for translating the Italian phrase. You saved me the step of using Google Translate. 🙂 I am glad you are enjoying my trip down memory lane and across the pond. Hope you have a great Saturday!

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  2. Great recap and photos of a kinder gentler time, Betty! In reading and enjoying following along, it made me wonder when/if times across Europe and Asia will feel safe again. I’ve heard about the Blue Grotto, but your photo brought those waters to life. Beautiful capture! Your choice to rest that one afternoon was no doubt a wise one, especially at such a young age. That brings me to another thing. From recent photos I’ve seen of you in your blog posts – I noticed that you haven’t aged a bit!

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    • Well, I have aged. I’m just very careful about what pictures I post! 🙂 But I thank you for the compliment. The Blue Grotto was nice to see, but I’d classify it as a once and done. I have wondered, too, about how safe people in Europe feel now – especially those neighboring Ukraine. It’s all so upsetting, sad and frightening. I am praying every day for Ukraine. I wish someone would help Ukraine!

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    • Thank you! I have enjoyed putting these posts together. There’s a lot I can’t remember, but I am glad for what I can. Most of all, I am glad I was able to take this trip. The hotel on the cliff was amazing. Thanks for reading. Have a great day, Ute!

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    • I wish I remembered more details about Pompeii. But these days, we are so lucky and can take trips through books, movies, online and so on. I’ll have to learn more that way, too! Have a great week ahead!

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  3. This is an excellent post! I remember learning about Pompeii in school. I agree with you, what amounts to a preserved still of ancient life, while tragic and horrifying, is fascinating. It provides historians such insight. I hope to travel there one day. Your trip sounded absolutely amazing, I particularly liked the elevator in the cliff. Thanks for posting.

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  4. The Blue Grotto looks to be amazing. I would love to see it. Also, I have always been fascinated with Pompeii and how it was preserved for future discovery. I would love to see that as well.

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  5. You did say “an elevator that went down the side of the cliff”? That must have been quite a ride. Thanks again for sharing. I’ve never wanted to see Europe, always felt there was enough to see here at home. But following your posts has begun to change my mind. Don’t know if I’ll ever get there so I’ll continue to see it through your eyes. Thanks so much.

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    • Yes, the elevator went down the side of the cliff. Once we got to the bottom, it was a rocky edge, and we didn’t do much. Just went back up. You are right – there is so much to see here at home. And we have so much we want to see! 2022 plans are in place. I’m beginning to think about 2023 reservations, too. I am glad to have you along for my humble European tour! Enjoy your day!

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