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Nestled between the foot of Mount Vesuvio and the Mediterranean Sea lies Torre del Greco, the capital city of coral and cameos, overlooking the bay of Naples. The population of this Italian community has grown to more than 100,000 -- no fewer than 5,000 used to participate in the development of cameos and coral designs. Exquisite cameos and workings in coral and gold leave this quiet community daily and travel around the globe. Vesuvius's lava fields prevented the natives from working the land. Fortunately the Torre del Greco's waters  were filled with coral forest and reefs. They not only engaged in the traditional occupations of sailing and shipbuilding, but also in coral and shell diving. There was easy access to three great natural resources utilized for cameo carving: lava, coral and conch shells. Cameos made from these materials became very popular all around the world in the years following the 15th century. Nowadays there are no more coral forest and reefs in the Torre del Greco waters. The coral worked here comes from Sardinia or different waters inside the mediterranean sea.

Near Torre del Greco, there are many beautiful places like, Herculaneum and Pompeii, both destroyed by the Vesuvious during a tremendous eruption in the 79 AD. A visit to the ruins will  give you the opportunity to see many artifacts well preserved which still now prove the prosperity of this town in the past. Not far from Pompeii there is  Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast with Positano and Ravello, where Richard Wagner had the  inspiration for his music.

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Vesuvius Torre del Greco, harbour Vesuvio, view from Capri  
Piazza del Plebiscito, Napoli

Maschio Angioino, Castle in Napoli

Galleria Umberto I, Napoli  
Pompei Paintings in Pompei Pompei
Ravello Positano Ravello  

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