Yacht sailing - Cruising the Ancient Italian Coast
As both a naval officer and a yacht sailing civilian I’ve had the pleasure of visiting most ports of call around the globe.
While there are many beautiful and even exotic places you may visit by sea, one of my favorites involves a region of the world near and dear to my heart: Italy. My maternal grandfather emigrated from Palermo, Sicily, Italy in 1918 to escape the desolation left by World War I. He never got to go back. It was his lifelong dream and he spoke about it often when I was a child. So when I got the opportunity to finally go it was a thrilling and fulfilling time that I truly cherish.
One of my wife’s most favorite recently released movies is “Pompeii.” It tells the story of the ancient city of Pompeii which was buried under lava and ash, and abandoned after cruel Mount Vesuvius erupted around 79 A.D. Today, the small coastal town is known as Pompei, Campania, Naples, Italy. This modern version sprang up in 1891 and was founded by Bartolo Longo.
At this site you can view the ancient ruins of the original settlement of Pompeii. While taking in the beauty and the history, I experienced a strong emotion of sadness for the people who were lost to the volcano, lost in the ash centuries ago.
Another incredibly beautiful site to visit is The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompei. This Roman Catholic Cathedral and minor Basilica was commissioned by Bartolo Longo. Work began around 1873, prior to the settlement becoming an official town. It was consecrated in 1901. Translated, its official name is: The Pontifical Shrine Of The Blessed Virgin Of The Rosary Of Pompei.
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Stephanie Segev, project manager at Ocean Society: Yacht Sailing and Everything Nautical