Tuesday 24 January 2023
It is not hard to explain why the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast have exerted a particular fascination since antiquity. The Romans discovered both Greek culture and the pleasures of “otium”, the absence of business, in this area. Naples is perhaps
the only European city with an unbroken history of metropolitan life since Greek times.
More recently the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri have attracted visitors from all over the world. At the same time, the medieval history and monuments in places like Amalfi and Ravello shows the depth of the cultural heritage
of this area beyond the picture postcard motifs.
In this lecture, Dr Koller provided an overview of the culture and history of a region long considered as the climax and finale of the Grand Tour.
This talk was part of the Cambridge Alumni Travel programme and was organised by Distant Horizons.
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