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19 May 2008

Pozzuoli. The City On The Volcano

The first Greek settling was there on the left

Yesterday I passed afternoon by one of the members of our Bon-group, Lia. She lives in Pozzuoli in province of Naples. In this period she is preparing a ritrit with Geshe Gelek Jimpa, and I wanted to take the test that we will study with him. So I went to Lia in Pozzuoli.

Pozzuoli is a very interesting place, I have to say you.
The Romans used it as a recreational place. There are many healing springs there. From other side, it's the place where the first Greeks were landed to create their colony. So where you will look there, your eyes have to see the historically priceless things.

Not only historicaly. Because there is a VERY-VERY nice place here: a half-sleeping volcano (and you have to know that there are many different sleeping craters there). Solfatara it's name.

Just before I married and came in Italy, about 15 years ago, it was difficult time for the residents. There were about 400 shocks, Lia said, they slept all clothed to be ready to run away if necessary (Where???). She had 2 little children at that time. So, after that the earth raised 1,90 m. There are columns of a Greek temple there where the residents can see how changes the hight of their earth. They, columns, were under the water of the sea after Greek period -about 2-4 meters in depth, I think, now they are abow sea level. But the main part of the Greek town is under the water today, and you can see it from the boat in summer.

I have to go there for ritrit and I'll make more and best photos next week.

Baia, the half-insel there was the preferite recreational place for Romans


  1. City on the volcano... a unique yet a scary phrase.. Most of places which are at volcanic area are beautiful... maybe because the soil are rich with nutrient..

  2. You are right, Pak Maeh, places here are rich and paesants can grow something all the year long. Than, practically there is not winter here.And there is much water when it rains.

    :)))that is why residents don't go away from here even if there is always (remote) possibility that volcanos wake up.

  3. That is right around volcano you could grow anything.Twenty years ago we lived about 50km from Mount Merapi in West Sumatra,Indonesia,when it exploded our roof and lawn were covered by black powder.Indonesia is located at Ring of Fire, right now earthquake are shaking some areas.

  4. 50 km! I know that Salerno was covered with about 2 meters of ashes in 1944. And it is about 20 km from Vesuvio. We are about 10 km from it, but I'm afraid that the earthquake can happen and Vesuvio can wake up. What say about persons that live on the volcano like those of Pozzuoli???

  5. no one would have thought that there is a volvano , it is so serene and looked so beautiful .

  6. I did more new photos dueing the ritrit. Will post them next days when will live home once more. :)))

  7. Italy is home to plenty of tourist attractions! I've always wanted to go there someday! :D

  8. In the time you wait this possibility, re-pass here, I'll post the photos of my last "explorations"

  9. Hi Liudmila, while reading your post about Italy, my daughter and her friend are travelling across Italy enjoying the wonderful sights and good food. They climbed one of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. They were in Rome, then Florence last week. I just received sms that they are on their way to Venice. How exciting!


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