Amalfi is a charming, peaceful resort town on the scenic Amalfi Coast of Italy. It was once one of the four powerful Maritime Republics and has much historic interest. Narrow alleyways wind through the town up the slopes between the sea and mountains.
Capri is an island off the Sorrentine peninsula in the Italian region of Campania and a tourist favorite. Capri has two cities to visit: Capri and Anacapri, as well as the Grotta Azzurra or Blue Grotto.
The Grotta Azzurra cave is approximately 60 metres long and 25 metres wide and the roof of the entrance is situated approximately 1 meter above the level of the sea. Daylight is filtered by the water which absorbs the red tones, leaving only the blue ones to pass into the cave.
Casa dei Capitelli Colorati (House of the Coloured Capitals) is among the oldest in Pompeii, and is a mixture of Samnite and Roman architecture. It is also one of the largest in Pompeii, covering over 1600 sq. m with more than 40 rooms on the ground floor alone.
The building was first excavated in 1822 and then again in 1832/33 and 1846. The house derives its name from the columns of the central peristyle, the capitals of which were painted in bright colours
The Streets of Pompeii were paved during Roman times with large blocks of stone. They are bordered by curbs and pedestrian walkways. On most streets there are raised stones at regular intervals that pedestrians used to cross the streets when water flooded them.