Ventotene, Italy

Photo: Ancient Roman harbor on Ventotene, Italy. Credit: Lisa Borre.
View of the Ancient Roman harbor on the island of Ventotene, Italy looking east toward San Stefano. Photo by Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 05/06/09 – 05/07/09
Distance: 29.5NM
Lat: 40°48’N
Long: 13°26’E

We awoke this morning (7 May) in a tiny port hewn from the volcanic tufa during Roman times on the island of Ventotene, about 30 miles from Gaeta. After seven wonderful months there, we scraped the barnacles off the bottom and set sail for another cruising season in the Mediterranean yesterday. We’re headed south toward the Bay of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Aeolian Islands and Sicily. At least that’s the plan for the first part of the season. In addition to our ongoing Phoenician history project, we’re following in the path of Odysseus by visiting Greek settlements in the west (Magna Graecia).  For the moment, we’re enjoying this quiet little island, a place where Caesar Augustus banished his daughter Julia, before we head for the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples next.

5/06/09 (Wednesday) — And we’re off…Gyatso departs Base Nautica Flavio Gioia marina after spending seven months in Gaeta, Italy. Here’s the Photo of our departure from Gaeta taken by our friend Jayne Koehler:

Photo: Gyatso departs from Gaeta on May 6, 2009. Credit: Jayne Koehler.
Gyatso departs from Gaeta on May 6, 2009. Credit: Jayne Koehler.

Here’s a photo gallery of Leg 1 of our cruise through Southern Italy and Sicily: