Looks like even Campania Beaches have their share of pollution.
After my post "Lido Life," I've now read that the beaches in Campania are off-limits. The Agenzia Regionale per la Portezione Ambientale della Campania has done biweekly tests of the regional waters that have turned up higher-than-acceptable levels of total coliform, fecal coliform and fecal streptococci bacteria, the last of which can cause strep throat, flesh-eating disease and other infections. The pollution is caused by illegal dumping of sewage and inefficient water purification plants.
You can read more about it here: Italy's beaches are mostly vacant. To read more about news releases by the Campania version of the EPA, go to the 'Agenzia' link above.
My hometown is San Diego where these pollution problems have been chronic for many years, so my family and I have written off beaches there as well (along with in LA where you can actually smell the sewage coming off the Santa Monica pier as well as beaches near Pacific Palisades). I suggest that my 'Lido' post become our 'virtual tour' of the Campania beach -- and we head off to more ancient ruins or parks. My recommendation for a wonderful park located in the heart of the city is Parco Virgiliano. Click on the park for a virtual tour.
For today, I write my feelings in on-line parlance: :(