After a couple of technical blog posts I thought I'd switch up to something a little more lighthearted in nature. Graydyn provided the inspiration for today's post when he linked me to another blog by Bija Knowles, which can be found here:
You can immediately see why he thought I may be interested. An opportunity exists here to visit Italy, view incredible Roman ruins, and get my scuba diving fix all in one shot! Who could ask for more?
Essentially what we've got here is an area to the West of Napoli where old Roman towns once stood on the sea shore. Through volcanic activity that I won't go into detail on those town eventually sunk into the sea. Now a number of the buildings that made up these ancient towns can be found, intact at the bottom of the ocean. What's really great about this is that in a lot of cases the towns didn't sink very far, and can be found in around 10m (33ft) of water. There are certainly some dive sites in the more advanced 100ft realm, but it seems like there would be plenty to see even for a novice diver. Apparently some of these ruins are even shallow enough to be viewed by snorkelers, or from a glass-bottom boat.
The Napoli Diving Center has a page setup describing the sites:
Seems to me like the hardest part of that whole trip would be trying to choose which of those fantastic sites you'd want to dive at. Actually, the hardest part would be staying away from all that fantastic Italian red wine the night before a dive.
In actual fact there may be some downsides to this trip caused largely by the location. I'd been told by a co-worker that Napoli is a rough city with a big crime problem. I brushed this off as fear-mongering and a lack of sense of adventure, but the Wikitravel article on Napoli seems to partially confirm this when they state that "" I know that doesn't sound bad, but keep in mind that nobody on Wikitravel has ever said anything worse than that, so that may be considered a truly terrifying review.
So, any of you ever been to Naples? I'd really like a second (actually, make that third) opinion on this one. Or am I just going to have to brave it myself and let the rest of you know how it goes? I suppose that's my job as the blogger here.
Have a good week everyone, I'll see you next Tuesday.