Library Travel Slide Show Series presents ‘Ancient Cities of Italy’ in Silverthorne
On Friday, March 4, the Friends of the Library’s 2016 Travel Slide Show Series continues with “Ancient Cities of Italy” photographic presentation by John and Linda Mirro. This is the fourth slide show presentation in the 2016 series presented at 7 p.m. in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library in Silverthorne.
Last September, the couple traveled to Italy.
“We wanted to photograph the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum, as well as experience the Sorrento peninsula,” said Linda, in a statement.
John said the two of them also wanted to visit the ancestral town of his grandparents, Campagna, and visit Anzio, where Linda’s dad landed in WWII.
The couple traveled on their own for two weeks and stayed in an apartment in St. Agata, which is on the Sorrento peninsula.
The photographers visited Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum, The Naples Museum of Archaeology, Sorrento, took two full-day cruises, drove the Amalfi coast, visited Campagna and Anzio and met many wonderful people.
“On one occasion, we were lost and stopped to ask for directions,” John said. “I struggled to ask in Italian, and I struggled to understand their Italian responses. Our exchange went on for five minutes with little progress. In the end, we realized that we both spoke English. After we stopped laughing, I got the directions I needed.”
As for a favorite destination on the trip, he said driving the Amalfi Coast road was at the top of the list.
“It isn’t long, maybe 30 miles, but it is twisty, narrow, on the edge of a cliff, and full of drivers who think traffic laws are only suggestions,” he said.
To photograph the sites of Italy, the photographers used Nikon DSLRs. They carry four with them and a GoPro and shot several thousand stills and several hundred videos.
According to the Mirros, the right time to visit, as is true with any travel, is when school is in session and when it is cool. Their choice for September met both of these requirements.
“Stay in one place and do day trips,” John said. “That way, you really get to know an area well and can experience its true essence and not waste a lot of time going from area to area.”
The couple recommends travelers read about the area before going, to meet the people whenever possible and to try the language.
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