Sorrento, Herculaneum and the Island of Ischia, Italy

Sorrento:

Dang, only five nights left! (Okay, not “only”…the glass is half full, right?)

I honestly really don’t have much to write about for Sorrento. (I know, right?) To both my husband and myself it really doesn’t have that “WOW” factor! But I have included some photos from the area.

Sorrento, ItalySorrento, Italy

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, Italy


During our stay in Sorrento we decided to hop a train and go to Herculaneum. It’s about a 40 minute train ride on the “circumvesuviana” (local train).
We had never been there before so we thought it was something new that we could go see.
Herculaneum is an area that was buried in ash from the volcanic explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii was another town that was also buried by the ash. (Also, more popular than Herculaneum.) On our previous trip to the Amalfi Coast we did tour Pompeii. Absolutely amazing! It’s crazy insane how well preserved everything was. You could still see hand painted frescos on the walls! (Seriously, that blew my mind!)

I believe that I had read that Herculaneum was discovered by a man that had a farm on the land that sat above the site. He was digging to make a well and started to unearth artifacts which in turn halted his “well making” and then he had to turn his land over to the government once they discovered that there was an original town below.

Here are some photos from the area.

Herculaneum, ItalyThis photo shows how deep the volcanic ash covered the town of Herculaneum, Italy.Mt. Vesuvius looms in the background.An original statue that was found…I personally think he’s super cute!Original flooring in the female bath spa.

 

Island of Ischia (Isola d’Ischia):

So we were supposed to spend a day in Naples…well, that was the plan until the night before we were to be there. We have never toured Naples so my thought process was, “We’ve been to the train station there a handful of times and never ventured into the city so why not???” But…when my husband asked me, “How badly do you want to see Naples?”, I knew he didn’t care to go. Therefore, that’s how we ended up in Ischia…Sorry Naples.

Ischia sits to the north of Naples in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It’s a small island and just a 40 minute boat ride from the port in Naples. Unfortunately our time was very limited because we had a 7:00pm train to catch back to Rome. We didn’t really know too much of anything about the island. We did find out that there are thermal springs there and many Europeans flock to Ischia to enjoy them.

Island of Ischia (Isola d’Ischia)Island of Ischia (Isola d’Ischia)Island of Ischia (Isola d’Ischia)

Aragonese Castle Island of Ischia (Isola d’Ischia) 

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these photos!

We’re off to Rome for the final few days of our trip…until then, CIAO!

xo