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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
Next up: Arrivederci to the hot weather