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While in Italy on a group tour, our tour director managed to get us in to see the ancient San Marcos Ruins in Stabiae. At that time it was closed to the public during that time, so we were very lucky to be able to see it.

What an incredible place it was! Villas were filled with many gorgeous frescoes, tall columns, ceilings, marble tiled floors, etc. In addition, These ruins defied all odds, since it’s still very much intact after being buried by the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius (see below), and rediscovered in the 1700’s, forgotten and then rediscovered again in the mid 1900’s. It had been in the process of excavating for many, many years. The views of the Bay of Naples were simply spectacular!

On our way out, one of the ladies on our tour stopped to talk with a local gentleman farmer. He so enjoyed seeing her that he gave her this gift of flowers! This was a candid shot and showed the absolute beauty of two people from two different worlds, sharing words and affection!

This photograph was shot with a Canon 40D, equipped with a 18-200mm lens in Stabiae, Italy.

  • From Wikipedia:
    The archaeological remains of Stabiae were originally discovered in 1749 by Cavaliere Rocco de Alcubierre, an engineer working for king Charles VII of Naples.5 These ruins were partially excavated by Alcubierre with help from Karl Weber between 1749–1782.5 The ruins that had been excavated, however, were reburied and their location was forgotten until 1950, when a high school principal rediscovered them.2 The site was declared an archaeological protected area in 1957, and by 1962 many of the ruins had been again uncovered. The remains of both an Oscan settlement (oppidum) and the later Roman town were discovered.6

The most famous of the findings at Stabiae are the villas that come from the time between the destruction of Stabiae by Sulla in 89 BC and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.7 As described above, Stabiae became a resort town during this time and was particularly favored for its view of the Bay of Naples and the surrounding mountains.2 Stabiae was also well known for the quality of its spring water, which was believed to have medicinal properties.6 The ideal placement and qualities of this location drew many wealthy Romans to build luxurious villas on the ridge overlooking the bay. These villas, which are described below, provide us with some of the most stunning architectural and artistic remains from Roman villas. 2004 saw an Italian-American collaboration between the Superintendency of Archaeology of Pompeii, the region of Campania and the University of Maryland to form the non-profit Archaeological entity, the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation (RAS). It is the RAS Foundation’s prime goal to excavate, restore and build an archaeological park at the ancient site of Stabiae, a complex of seven or eight Roman villas according to recent geophysical surveys conducted by the University of Birmingham.
A great many artifacts which come from Stabiae are preserved in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.

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My life is like a well read book that’s never ending, at least for this moment in time. As I continually add new chapters to my book, I find that my photography plays a big part in it. This is most especially true as my great love and fascination with Mother Naure never wanes. It’s my hope that you, too, will share my joy as the pages in my book of life continue to flip forward! My Very Best, Polly Peacock

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  • Polly Peacock
    Polly Peacock7 months ago

    PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE TO ENLARGE IT – THANK YOU!

  • Polly Peacock
    Polly Peacock7 months ago

    One of the frescoes at The Villas of San Marcos.

  • Ellanita
    Ellanita7 months ago

    How absolutely gorgeous and what a lovely story………magic happens………xx

  • Hi dear Ellanita – thanks so very much! The ruins were totally magical and then seeing this, made it even more special! xx back attcha – HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

    – Polly Peacock

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalf7 months ago

    A definite ‘Aww’ moment. Well captured.

  • LOL Colin – yes it is – thanks so very, very much!!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarke7 months ago

    What a beautiful moment. A little flirting and caring goes a long way. :o)

  • Hi dear Bunny! Yes, moments like these are precious and you are right on!! Thanks so much as always!!! Big hugs to you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! :)

    – Polly Peacock

  • Keala
    Keala7 months ago

    How sweet! This is lovely!

  • Hi dear Leigh!! Thanks so very much – so glad that you like it!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimage7 months ago


    have a great year 2014

  • Thanks so much Francis!!!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • leonie7
    leonie77 months ago

    What a fabulous capture Polly Happy New Year To you lol lee

  • Hi dear Lee! Thanks so very much – wishing you all the best in the New Year as well!!!! :)))))

    – Polly Peacock

  • patsidolls
    patsidolls7 months ago

  • Awesome and thanks so very much – it is most appreciated!! Happy New Year to you!!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Linda Lees
    Linda Lees7 months ago


    5 January 2014 *HAPPY NEW YEAR*

  • Hi Linda!! Thanks so very much – it is most appreciated!!! Happy New Year to You!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

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