Pompeii, Positano and Ravello

I am finally getting back to reviewing and processing my images from Italy and, therefore, have some images to post to my blog and Website. I “took off” a couple weeks to do other things to include attending a family reunion in Central Florida where it was actually cooler than Virginia. My photography during that time was limited to photographing the reunion and the nearly 40 people that attended.

Before getting to the Italy images, I have to share a photo I shot while driving home on Interstate 95 last week. The image is a bit fuzzy, because I was using my iPhone, did not have my tripod, and was actually concentrating on driving. I could not resist recording the temperature on my dashboard, because it was 106 degrees! That is CRAZY hot for Virginia, or for that matter, anywhere. Yes, I was doing almost 80 MPH, which is the mandatory speed limit under such conditions on a Friday afternoon just before happy hour.

In about three weeks, I will be attending a another reunion, but this time it will be with the people that I traveled with in Italy. It is my intention to finish reviewing and processing my remaining Italy images before the reunion. Now that I am back into reviewing them, I am very much enjoying it because they are a reminder of the beauty we experienced. I am ready to return!

While reviewing my images, I came across several from Pompeii. I can remember in my youth learning about Pompeii or maybe it was a movie (actually, it’s hard to remember that far back). Nevertheless, it was a place I had wanted to see having imagined what it must have been like when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. We had a professional tour through the ruins of Pompeii, and one the most interesting facts I learned was how Pompeii was buried under 4 to 6 meters of ash and pumice, and there were people farming above the buried city when the ruins were first discovered. The image below shows some of the ruins with Mt. Vesuvius in the background.

The next few images were taken in Ravello, a beautiful city along the Amalfi coast. The first image is of the Villa Cimbrone Hotel that sits high above the coast with amazing views.  While we were there, clouds or a fog began rolling in making for some very interesting scenes.

Below is the entrance to the gardens at the Villa Cimbrone Hotel.

The following two images were taken from the grounds and gardens of the Villa Cimbrone Hotel.

During the drive from Ravello back to Positano, I took the following photograph capturing a large sailing ship off the coast.

Finally, when we returned to Positano, I had a different perspective of the seaside city that was highlighted by a gorgeous tree in bloom.

As I have said with previous blog articles about Italy, there was an amazingly beautiful photograph to be made in every direction just about all of the time. My challenge is selecting ones to post to my blog. I hope you can see why from the above images.

About Stephen L Tabone

Retired Executive Consultant and Nature Photographer
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6 Responses to Pompeii, Positano and Ravello

  1. Anne says:

    I want to live in that villa … how beautiful! Your photos make me want to live in the countryside and then again along the coast, each location has its own charm and beauty and you always successfully capture both. These images feed my soul and I am hungry for more!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful photos, Steve. These photos bring my very soul back to Italy with remembrances of our trip. Italy, like many other places in Europe I have visited, has it’s own unique and wonderous topography, smells, colors and culture. Thank you for ‘capturing’ Italy as I saw it with you.

  3. Really beautiful! The “tree” you mentioned looks like a Beuganvilla (which I can’t spell), doesn’t it? I can see why Anne would want to live there. Wouldn’t we all?
    Love it!

  4. Dan says:

    spectacular photos Steve. The Amalfi Coast offers a photograph opportunity at every turn as you said.

  5. Mary says:

    Hi- you have a great eye and obviously enjoy what you are doing. I have a question… My daughter and I visited Villa Cimbrone August 2015 and she will be getting married there next summer. Our pictures are obviously not the same quality as yours. We would like to get your permission to use your photo “entrance to Villa Cimbrone” or “entrance to gardens of Villa Cimbrone” for her Save the Date card prior to her wedding. I’m a fellow Floridian and envy your passion. Thank you.

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