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Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Herculaneum When You Visit Pompeii

One of the most popular things to see in Italy is the excavation at Pompeii, the city buried by a volcanic eruption from Mt Vesuvius in the first century CE. Pompeii is famous, and it should be; it’s a huge archaeological site, once a large and thriving Roman city full of people. Understandably, visitors head for Pompeii in droves, usually on day trips from nearby Naples, the Amalfi Coast or even Rome.

What too many people overlook, however, is another excavation in the area: Herculaneum.

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May 23, 2016 by
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A fine example of Neapolitan nativity figurines

Naples’ San Martino Charterhouse Museum

The top museum for most visitors to Naples is the excellent National Archaeology Museum, but if you’re looking for something a little less popular (and no less wonderful) then don’t miss the Certosa di San Martino — St. Martin’s Charterhouse — on top of Vomero hill.

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January 7, 2016 by
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Reasons to Visit Sorrento in Winter

Sorrento decorated for Christmas

Italy is a year-round tourist destination, but the reasons for visiting a place like Sorrento — known for summer sun and beaches — are different when you’re considering a winter trip.

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December 17, 2015 by
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The Burning Fields of Naples

Sulfur at the Solfatara Crater.

Just west of Naples is a park known as the Phlegraean Fields, or Campi Flegrei in Italian. The word comes from the Greek word meaning “to burn,” which is an accurate description of this volcanic landscape.

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December 3, 2015 by
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The Other Grotto: The Emerald Grotto on the Amalfi Coast

Tour boats heading into the Emerald Grotto near Amalfi

Many visitors have heard of the Blue Grotto on Capri — indeed, it’s one of the island’s top attractions. But not everyone knows of a similar grotto on the mainland called the Emerald Grotto.

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October 15, 2015 by
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Amalfi Coast Long Weekends from Naples

Pretty Positano on the Amalfi Coast deserves more than a day trip

There are so many amazing destinations in Italy to choose from when you’re planning a trip, it’s hard to narrow down your options. One way to maximize your itinerary is by taking day trips, but sometimes that’s not even enough. Which is why taking a long weekend from Naples on the Amalfi Coast is such a great idea.

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September 3, 2015 by
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Day Trip from Sorrento to Capri

Capri seen from its highest peak

Sorrento is a popular destination on the coast of Italy, but it’s also a popular launching-point for trips to nearby sights like the Amalfi Coast and the gorgeous island of Capri. Here’s what you need to know about day trips to Capri from Sorrento.

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August 27, 2015 by
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How to get to Positano

Pretty Positano seen from the water

Positano is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, a terraced vision on the Amalfi Coast. It’s not exactly easy to reach, however, especially if you’re used to traveling Italy by train. Here’s what you need to know about getting to Positano.

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August 20, 2015 by
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Nightlife on the Amalfi Coast

Positano at night

The towns of the Amalfi Coast are magnets for sun-seeking holiday-makers during the summer months. Beaches are full to capacity, shops are busy and restaurants do a brisk business. But what is the nightlife like on the Amalfi Coast?

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August 13, 2015 by
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Food Walking Tour of Naples

Pizza going into a wood-fired oven

Food is central to Italian life, and differs substantially enough from region to region that taking food tours in different cities is always a great idea. In Naples, a food walking tour gives you a chance to try – and learn more about – a few Neapolitan culinary classics.

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August 6, 2015 by
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