Once the domain of kings and wealthy nobleman, modern Naples is a lively, working port city along the Amalfi Coast. It is surrounded by Cape Miseno on one side and the Sorrento peninsula on the other and across the blue waters of the Bay of Naples lies the charming isle of Capri. Its modern skyline is dominated by the heights of the not-too-distant Mount Vesuvius.
Completely buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., Pompeii is one of the world's most magnificently preserved ancient cities. Built within curved walls, the excavations unearthed sumptuous private homes that featured colonnaded central courtyards with lavish fountains and interior murals painted in vivid colors.
Isle of Capri
The most sought-after island in the Bay, Capri's dramatic Blue Grotto and cliff bound scenery has drawn visitors throughout history, from Emperor Augustus to Napoleon, as well as D. H. Lawrence and George Bernard Shaw.
The Amalfi Coast, south of the Bay of Naples, is one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful coasts with its lemon trees and spectacular scenery. Its most alluring town is Sorrento, high on the cliffs above the sea.
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