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Northern Italians will warn you, as they warned me, away from Italy south of Rome. "Anything can happen in Naples," I was cautioned. But rather than to frighten or deter me, the concern only caused me to be more curious. Having temporarily had my fill of exploring the north, I was ready to venture south into Italy's Campania region. While no number of cautionary tales prepared me for the chaos of Naples, neither did the fabled stories of Amalfi's scenic coast serve my senses half as well as actually being there. On the bus, through the hairpin turns, looking out over vistas so high and blue that I was at once serenely entranced and deeply mortified, both. Campania is an intensely sensual experience in a way that Northern Italy is not. It is neither better nor worse, only different. There is much to admire. Nothing to fear.

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Marisa Allegra Williams
risamay Oakland, CA

Copy editor, writer, self-taught photographer, book artist, calligrapher, masters swimmer, working vacationist, slow travel advocate, wannabe polyglot, Franco-, Italo-, and overall Europhile, bona fide California girl, Berkeley born and raised, UCLA alum, absolutely Oaklandish, Nikon faithful, Lensbaby Composer pro, a sucker for sweets and even moreso for cats, not a dog person, but thinks corgies, pugs, and pomeranians are the cat's pajamas, can still laugh aloud at Seinfeld reruns she’s seen a gazillion times and counting and loves Larry David, but not like that, believes Indian cuisine to be the best available, is routinely mistaken for ethnicities she’s not and actively encourages a kama’aina myth when in Hawaii for the local discounts, dreams of seeing the Seychelles, taking a year to explore Italy and another to tour the many outposts of the once mighty Venice before teleporting to Ancient Egypt to meet Queen Hatshepsut and Egypt’s other legendary grande dames.

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