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A Walk to Isola Bella

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Another sunny day, another change to do a bit more washing, this time the duvet covers got a dunking and we are now caught up on that front. We headed out on foot back toward Taormina, up the hill into the town (done with some pace on my part for its aerobic benefits – made me good a sweaty I… Read more »

Italian Style in Taormina

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Taormina is, according to the guidebooks, a trendy place to come and be seen. We found a campsite in Giardini-Naxos, a couple of miles along the coast, that is an absolute bargain. €6 per night, including electric and wifi, although the latter isn’t up to much, very flakey and slow, but it does for most things. We are packed in… Read more »

Over the Hills and into Sicily

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We tickled the sole of Italy’s foot as we made our way further south. We stopped in the town of Gerace, a medieval hill town on the evening of New Years Day. It’s castle sits perched upon a rocky outcrop and the rest of the town clings to the edges, and it affords some excellent views of the surrounding hills… Read more »

Happy New Year!

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Little to report over the last couple of days as we’ve been trying to get some miles under the belt (or should that be kilometres?). Travelling down the west coast there was some nice cliff edge drives, you know the sort, the road clinging perilously to the edge of the mountains that plunge down into the sea, and your trying… Read more »

Greek and Roman Ruins at Paestum

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After 5 days in Pompeii we set off south. Driving back through the hills to Salerno meant we got to see another perspective on the bus trip from the day before. Taking the coast road south of Salerno you get to drive right along the sea front, with waves break just 30 metres or so to your right. After an… Read more »

Amalfi Coast

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With a somewhat improved weather situation, we headed out for the day, a combined train and bus journey from Pompeii via Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Solerno. The Amalfi Coast is world renowned for its towns clinging to the steep cliffs above the sea, and the twisting road that runs the perimeter of the Peninsula. Sorrento in the west is not… Read more »

Pompeii’s Vivid Artistry

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Yesterday was about the first proper wet day since we arrived. About an inch of rain over the course of the day, so we had a duvet day, read, watched a film, and generally chilled, much like Christmas Day. Today we are off on the train to Sorrento and perhaps a bus ride along the Amalfi coast. It’s a grey… Read more »

A Christmas Special

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We made it to Pompeii. We didn’t stop for Naples, a sprawling mass of humanity. The campsite couldn’t be more conveniently located, right next to the entrance to Pompeii and the railway station, and not expensive either. We squeezed ourselves into the slightly tortuous site which is littered with orange trees. A bigger van would struggle. There are a few… Read more »

Roaming Around Rome

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Saturday, and we returned for another invasion of Rome. We took a different tack, starting again from St. Peter’s station, but this time heading into Trastevere. From the hill you get a nice panoramic view across the city, although it didn’t photograph well. We dropped down the hill and crossed into the historic centre, rounded the Campidoglo and wandered amongst… Read more »