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My name is Tayla and this is where I document my adventures in studying, travel, beauty, food and maybe a little bit of style. Happy reading. 

Cassino & Sorrento

Cassino & Sorrento

Our next stop on our Italian adventure was Cassino. Cassino is a town about an hour south of Rome, that holds some important history for New Zealand. 

New Zealand soldiers were sent to Cassino during the second World War. The Allies wanted to take back Monte Cassino Abbey, which the Germans had been occupying and the only way to get to the Abbey was to climb the mountain. But back then there were no trees on the mount, so the Germans could see the soldiers coming from most points. In order to make it up the mountain, New Zealand troops built a road, the Cavendish Road, which they used to get up part of the mountain. Eventually the Americans bombed the Abbey and the town of Cassino, completely destroying it, and thus taking back the Abbey of Monte Cassino. The town and the Abbey was then rebuilt, the Abbey exactly how it was before the bombing, the only thing missing is the ceiling frescoes in the Abbey itself, but other than that everything is complete. 

Once we left Cassino, we headed to Sorrento. Sorrento is a coastal village near inbetween Naples and Positano. Sorrento is well known for its lemons and oranges, you'll find the best limoncello (a lemon liquor) in Sorrento, and yes, we did bring back a few bottles. We stayed in an apartment in Sorrento, so we spent the afternoon settling in, wandering in the town and getting some lunch. 

The following day we headed to Positano. Positano is the next village along the Amalfi Coast, and is basically built on the side of a cliff going down to a beach. We spent the day walking around Positano, though it was a Sunday and winter, so pretty much everywhere was closed. But we wandered around, had some lunch and then hopped back on the bus to head back to Sorrento. 

The next few days we spent exploring the Ancient towns of Erculaneum and Pompeii. Both were destroyed and preserved during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 62 AD. Pompeii is significantly larger than Erculaneum, however they were preserved differently, Pompeii was covered in lava and ash, where Erculaneum was covered in mud. This meant that in Erculameum food, wood and bones were all preserved in the mud. Whereas in Pompeii those types of things were destroyed or bodies deteriorated but left cast in the ash. Both archaeological sites were very interesting, personally I preferred Pompeii but only because I knew more about Pompeii than I did Erculaneum.

And then just like that our next four days were done, and we were off to our next destination: Florence. 

Once we left Cassino, we headed to Sorrento. Sorrento is a coastal village near inbetween Naples and Positano. Sorrento is well known for its lemons and oranges, you'll find the best limoncello (a lemon liquor) in Sorrento, and yes, we did bring back a few bottles. We stayed in an apartment in Sorrento, so we spent the afternoon settling in, wandering in the town and getting some lunch. 

The following day we headed to Positano. Positano is the next village along the Amalfi Coast, and is basically built on the side of a cliff going down to a beach. We spent the day walking around Positano, though it was a Sunday and winter, so pretty much everywhere was closed. But we wandered around, had some lunch and then hopped back on the bus to head back to Sorrento. 

The next few days we spent exploring the Ancient towns of Erculaneum and Pompeii. Both were destroyed and preserved during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 62 AD. Pompeii is significantly larger than Erculaneum, however they were preserved differently, Pompeii was covered in lava and ash, where Erculaneum was covered in mud. This meant that in Erculameum food, wood and bones were all preserved in the mud. Whereas in Pompeii those types of things were destroyed or bodies deteriorated but left cast in the ash. Both archaeological sites were very interesting, personally I preferred Pompeii but only because I knew more about Pompeii than I did Erculaneum.

And then just like that our next four days were done, and we were off to our next destination: Florence. 

Florence, San Gimignano & Siena

Florence, San Gimignano & Siena

When In Rome

When In Rome