The Church of the Dead: Purgatorio Ad Arco in Naples

The Church of the Dead: Purgatorio Ad Arco in Naples

You might not expect a grinning bronze skull to be the first thing that greets you as you approach a church. But look more closely at the façade of Purgatorio ad Arco, in the historic centre of Naples, and you will see dozens of stone skulls, and a few crossbones as...
The Roman Ruins of Herculaneum, Pompeii’s Ancient Rival

The Roman Ruins of Herculaneum, Pompeii’s Ancient Rival

Herculaneum and Pompeii have a lot in common. They are both Roman cities that were destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, their ruins have been excavated and are open to visitors, and they are both on the same train line from Naples. So why do tourists flock...
A Hidden Corner of Naples: The Cloister of Santa Chiara

A Hidden Corner of Naples: The Cloister of Santa Chiara

Tucked away behind a 14th century convent church in the historic heart of Naples, the Cloister of Santa Chiara is a magnet for visitors, and reputedly the most photographed spot in Naples. The church itself dates back to 1310, but the cloister was built in its present...
A Visit to Capri

A Visit to Capri

We hadn’t been planning to visit Capri, but there was a boat preparing to go, so we thought, why not? I’d only ever thought of the island as a vast rock rising up from the Bay of Naples but, I reasoned, there must be something of interest to have attracted...
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