La Bella Italia
Images from Shane and Erina's trip to the Amalfi Coast and Rome, 
3-11 March 2001, with George Mason University's Center for Global Education.

To save on loading time, the photos have been reduced to fuzzy thumbnails.  Click on a thumbnail for a larger, clearer photo.  Geek notes: Photos were taken with my Canon Digital Ixus (aka Digital Elph for you  North Americans).   I blame the bad photography on the fact that the camera and I did not know each other very well.

"Romannus Go Home" found spray painted on the side of a building in Rome.  If you are Monty Python  Life of Brian fan you'll get it.

Sun coming through rain clouds on the Amalfi Coast.

View of Positano, a cliff side town on the Amalfi Coast, from the top of very steep steps. We walked all the way down, through the town, and to the ocean.

Awesome tiled roof of a home in Positano.

The Positano church with beautiful tiled dome is in the middle of the photo. This region of Italy famous for its colorful ceramics.   It was a bit overcast the day we visited, so you'll have to imagine the brilliant yellows and greens. 

Shane on the beach in Positano.  Sorry for the dark photo, but the weather was gray (please note that Shane is wearing his winter coat.) But it did warm up later when we had to walk back up the cliff.  ;-P

A local Positanian in front of a cafe watching us tourists invade his beach. Positano, Sorrento, and Pompeii were full of dogs, mostly strays.  Friendly strays, though.  They knew how to charm tourists. 

A view of another coastal cliff side Amalfi town from Positano. Bella Italia!

Shane in front of the Paestum  archeological site. You can tell it was a warm and sunny day--Shane did not need his winter coat. 

Walking towards the Temple of Athena in Paestum.  The temple was built around 500 BCE by the Greeks. 

Temple of Athena.
The Greeks had colonized Paestum, which they named Poseidonia, about a 100 years before they built this temple.  The Greeks ruled for several hundred years.  The Romans arrived and took over, relatively peacefully,  in 273 BCE. 

Temple of Athena.
This temple is archeologically significant because it is the earliest, and one of the few, examples of of mixed styles of Greek columns.  Doric on the outside and Ionic on the inside.

As a tourist attraction Paestum is not as popular as its neighbor, Pompeii.  However, Paestum (Poseidonia) was an important Greek coastal trading town.   Under Roman rule it grew into a major  cultural center. 

Back of the Temple of Neptune (HERA).
This temple is the best preserved and most in tact Greek temple in the world. Because of the Greek name for the city, it was assumed this large temple was dedicated to Poseidon.  Most guide books still call it the "Temple of Neptune."  (Neptune is the Anglo-version of the Roman name of the Greek god).  However, recent (mid-1990s) archeology has shown that it was really a temple to the Goddess Hera. 

Head waiter at La Favorita force feeding Lisa at the GMU Welcome Dinner in Sorrento.

Connie's turn! This is what happens when you don't finish your pasta.

No chocolate meatballs for Shane!  Meg remarked that the profiteroles looked like chocolate meatballs.  The headwaiter decided Shane, a vegetarian, should not have any. 

Mount Vesuvius as seen from the ruins of Pompeii. Vesuvius's eruption in 79 CE destroyed Pompeii and its neighbor Herculaneum.  Vesuvius is still active and is one of most dangerous volcanos in the world.  Smoke comes out constantly.  It erupts approximately every 50 years.  The last eruption was in 1944, so we're due for another any second now... 

Pompeii-Grooves for sliding doors the entryway of a building.

Pompeii-According to our tour guide this symbol carved into a cobblestone on the road was to point  men to Pompeii's "red light" district. 

Pompeii--Large theater.

Pompeii-Shane, Dr. Cohen and other GMUers in the atrium of a wealthy Roman home.

Preserving Pompeii.

Pompeii--"Beware of Dog" mosaic in the entryway of a domus (house).

Another "Beware of..." sign?
This fresco is in the entryway of a domus in Pompeii.
WARNING: You must be over 18 to view.

Is this the vicious dog we were warned of?  (No, it's not dead, its sleeping. I checked.)  Pompeii was full of stray dogs that lived there and lived off the charity of tourists.  The beggars in Rome should take lessons from them!  This one is sleeping in the cool, marble impluvium (square pool to collect rain water) in the atrium of a domus.

Pompeii--A section of lead water pipe inside a domus in was is believed to be the kitchen. 

Pompeii-More lead piping. This one is outdoors along the perimeter of a garden. 

Pompeii-Tourists leaving the dining room and entering the garden of a villa.  The lead pipe from the previous photo is in the garden.

Vesuvius from Pompeii.




Shane on Capri.  I did not get to go, I was sick :-( 


Dinner at Ristorante Caruso on our last night in Sorrento.  Sorry for the B&W photo, my camera wasn't cooperating.  Clockwise from center: Connie, Lisa, Amy, Barbara, Meg, Me, Shane.

Entrance to an ancient apartment complex in Ostia Antica, a town near Rome.  Person in the photo unknown, thought I believe it was someone in my tour group. (email me if you recognize yourself.)

Another apartment complex in Ostia Antica.

Shane behind the counter at an ancient Roman fast food restaurant. 
There are more photos, but I don't like them well enough to put them on the web. I have a lot of the same pictures of the Coloseo, the Trevi Fountain, and other famous places of Rome that you've probably already seen a hundred times. 

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