Further south and you’ll find yourself along the Gulf of Salerno where the famed towns of Amalfi and Positano preside. Leaving mainland Naples will bring you to the intoxicatingly mysterious Flegrean Islands – Ischia, Procida, Vivara, and Nisida. A maritime tradition here dates back to Homer during his crusade sailing across the Tyrrhenian Sea and later prominent islands during the Roman Republic. Sailing and seacoast life is the backbone of their society celebrated by local residents and transient sailors alike.

Life on the islands takes after the sea the islands are home to. An elder wonders along and alone a seaside path on their way home from the village, a path they’ve walked since they were in their earliest youth. Nearby are grand and great-grandkids playing as the elder did nearly a century back. She looks towards the water one day and views a sheen in the sea as smooth curves of the waves without a ripple in sight continuous flow like an endless loop. The next day walking back into town, she looks out towards the same vista and dark clouds illuminated the sky and the black sea is violent like the harbor is under attack by the sea serpent itself.

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