Impressions of Campania, Italy
For those who want to visit Greece and Italy in one go, without taking a ferryboat from one to the other across the Adriatic Sea, exploring Campania is maybe an option. The inner city of Benevento, the palace of Caserta, the colourful houses on Procida island and the idyllic setting of Amalfi and Ravello could hardly be more representative of Italian exuberance. At the same time, the architectural magnificence of the temples of Paestum, or shall we say Poseidonia, are nothing less than a prime reflection of the spirit and inspiration which has made of Ancient Greece such an extraordinary, unique page of world cultural history. Add the natural spectacle of the Vesuvius and the Campanian arch of fire, throw in also the time capsule which catapults you back some 2000 years, right into the daily life of ordinary Romans in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and it becomes crystal clear why Campania, deep down in the boot of Italy, is a prime destination to which I am more than gladly inviting you right now.
Before visiting the place of your choice:
A disused chapel near the akropolis tower brings together a small but interesting collection of artefacts, unearthed on the site of Velia Elea, again side by side both Greek and Roman of origin.