We arrive in Naples, the 3rd largest city in Italy after Rome and Milan. Like many seaside ports, Naples built fortresses to defend herself, but not much is left as this was one of the most bombed Italian cities during WWII. Naples is a very industrial town, a stopping off port to the primary destinations of Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. Hmm…which destination should we head to?
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Catania is the second largest city in Sicily, and is known for it’s seismic history! Yikes!! Our tour guide said that in her lifetime, she has seen the city rebuilt five times. All of the citizens live beneath the active eruptions of Mt. Etna volcano, never knowing if the next eruption is going to take their house. It is one of the most active volcanos in the world and is in a constant state of activity. It has been designated as a decade volcano by the United Nations, and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Of late, it has erupted in 2001, ’03, ’05, & ’08, with summit eruptions in 2006, ’08, and 2012. Interesting to see, but I sure wouldn’t want to live here!
We docked in Livorno today…hard to decide which way to go…Florence to see some of the world’s most famous art, Pisa, to see the leaning tower, or visit 5 tiny towns nestled in steep cliffs along the Italian coastline known as Cinque Terre. We close the latter. We got to these little villages by boat, each similar but each with its own little unique setting. They are all sherbet colors, stacked on top of each other, on tiny, twisting roads accessable only by walking. They all have incredible beachfronts. The last one had rainbow striped beach umbrellas and chairs lined up, stretching as far as the eye could see which was breathtakingly beautiful.