Our Trip to Italy, January 2005

Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Naples, Amalfi Coast and Rome
(but mostly the Roman sites in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis)

As usual, these are formatted as a contact sheet of thumbprints, where clicking on each thumprint will open the larger image. Where there are more than one page of images, there are navigation links at the bottom of each page.

We flew to Rome, drove to Pompei, and spent the whole next day in the ruins of Pompeii. (Note that the Italian town is spelled with one "i" and the Roman town with two "ii"s.) The next day we went into Naples for the day, taking the "Circumvesuviana" local train. Our third day was spent in 3 of the other 4 sites in the greater Vesuvian archeological area, Herculaneum, Oplontis and the archeological museum at Boscoreale. (We ran out of time and were unable to go to Stabiae/Casteldemare di Stabia).

The next day we drive from Pompei down the Amalfi coast. That was 2 hours of the most extreme white-knuckle driving I've done, but beautiful and well worth it (except for the hour we spent stopped waiting for them to clear an accident on a 2-lane road with no shoulders.) From Salerno (it was Sunday, so the local ceramics factories were closed, probably A Good Thing, but still a disappointment), we drove back to Rome. In Rome we went to several of the art museums we didn't see the first time, including Palazzo Barberini, Palazzo Borgese, and Palazzo Pamphilli. That's where Olimpia discovered the Pamphilli family had not 1, but 2 important figures named "Olimpia" associated with the Palazzo. (They even spelled the name correctly.) One of them brought the Palazzo with her as a dowry, prompting Dave to ask Olimpia "Hey, where's your palace?" She responded "Well, why aren't you a prince?" Anyway, these museums forbade photography, but I did get some shots outside some of the museums, and also some shots of the Imperial Forum in evening twilight.

All photographs (c) 2005 by David Emery. Note that the archeological sites, in particular severely limit any commercial use of images from the sites.
All photos shot with my Canon Digital Rebel, most of them using the 18-55 lens that came with the camera. The Amalfi Coast shots also used a polarizer. Many of the shots have exposure problems that need at least a little of attention. No post-processing has been done on these images.

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