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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 pm in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library.
Last September John and Linda Mirro traveled to Italy. “We wanted to photograph the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Paestum as well as experience the Sorrento peninsula,” said Linda Mirro. “We also wanted to visit the ancestral town of my grandparents, Campagna, and visit Anzio where Linda’s Dad landed in WWII,” John added.
The couple traveled on their own for two weeks and stayed in an apartment in St. Agata which is on the Sorrento peninsula. “We had been to Italy several times but never to this area. It was superior because of the many things to see and do,” Mirro stated.
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 shared they met many wonderful people. “On one occasion we were lost and stopped to ask for directions. I struggled to ask in Italian and I struggled to understand their Italian responses,” Mirro stated. “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,” he added.
As for a favorite destination on the trip, the John Mirro said, “Driving the Amalfi Coast road was at the top of our list. It isn’t long, maybe 30 miles, but it twisty, narrow, on the edge of a cliff, and full of drivers who think traffic laws are only suggestions,” he added.
To photograph the sites of Italy the photographers used Nikon DSLRs. They carry four with them and a GoPro. “We shot several thousand stills and several hundred videos,” said Linda.
When is the right time to visit? The Mirro’s say, “As is true with any travel, go 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. 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,” he added. The couple recommends travelers read about the area before you go. “Meet the people whenever you can. Try their language. Learn as much as you can while there. Keep an open mind… you will get lost, something will go wrong. Laugh it off! Have fun.”