I know of no other area that offers such a heady mix of sublime beauty, indescribable chaos, vivacity and generosity of its people, a landscape formed from millennia of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and a uniquely rich historical and cultural heritage which includes Pompeii and Herculaneum, perhaps the most famous archaeological sites in the world, and the island of Capri, famous for its extraordinary beauty even in Roman times.
Being a historian in spirit, I enjoy, in my mind's eye, stripping away the centuries to imagine what was here 500 years ago under the Spanish, 800 years ago under the French Angevins, 2000 years ago under the Romans, 2600 years ago under the ancient Greeks; what the landscape around Sorrento, Amalfi and Positano looked like before the discovery of the New World and its plants: potatoes, pumpkins, cactus, morning glory, to name but a few. And food; what did the Greeks and the Romans eat? It's hard to imagine food in this area before the arrival of the tomato in the 15th century.
Come and explore with me.
University of Chicago, BA in Near Eastern Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, MA
Authorised guide Regione Campania
Authorised hiking guide Regione Campania