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May 26, 2018 - Sorrento

Saturday 26th May: This was to be a day to leisurely see any remaining things of interest in Sorrento. The main place on the agenda was Marina Grande, the larger of the small boat harbours at the far end of town. Until recently, this little fishing community was very traditional and still retains much of that charm. It is a pretty walk downhill through the Ancient Greek Gate which was part of the fortifications of Sorrento. The long flights of stairs eventually led down to the marina itself with numerous little boats and fishermen tending...

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May 25, 2018 - Amalfi Coast and Ravello

Friday 25th May: As we had been advised last week, our pre-booked tour of the Amalfi coast and Ravello had been cancelled so we decided to take ourselves. Instead of traveling both ways by bus, we took the boat from Sorrento to Amalfi. It was a good chance to see the coastline and the towns from the sea and, although the weather was a bit overcast, it was still stunning. The villages cling to the cliffs like barnacles on a rocky shore. We did not get off at Positano to keep the day manageable but went further on to Amalfi. Once there, we...

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May 24, 2018 - Sorrento

Thursday 24th May: Daniella prepared a lovely breakfast for us and for the first time we had a washing machine. So we put on one big load before heading down to meet Tonia who would take us on our “Walking the Lemon Trail” tour. She drove us to the estate of the Ruoppo Family about 10 minutes out of town in St Agata and it was like another world. There would have been several acres under cultivation and some of the trees were about 150 years old. They were huge and dripping with lemons. We learnt a lot about the varieties grown in this area...

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May 23, 2018 - Sorrento

Wednesday 23rd May: We were unsure about going to Naples but we found it an impressive city and it deserved more than the day and a bit which we gave it. It has a history of neglect but everywhere there were buildings and monuments being restored and those that had been. We experienced none of the unpleasant things people warn you about - in fact, at lunch we were undercharged by one beer and Heather, being the honest person she is, pointed out the error. As long as you do as the locals do and ignore the graffiti, all is well. It wpuld be...

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May 22, 2018 - Naples

Tuesday 22nd May: A big day out in Napoli. The hotel put on a simple but very nice breakfast and after it the first job of the day was to go back to the train station to book our trip to Siena. Naples has a brand new train station and metro and they are brilliant with big shopping galleries attached - the best we have seen. We did not use the metro but all stations are decorated with great art. To make best use of time, we decided to go on the Tramvia City Tour and bought tickets at the top of Piazza Garibaldi. While we were waiting for the...

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May 21, 2018 - Naples

Monday 21st May: After a meagre breakfast at the villa, we said goodbye to Gina who was staying a couple of extra days in Matera. Angelo had organised a driver to take us to the bus stop in Bari and Agnes and Jerry on to the airport so it was goodbye to them also. The trip on the Marinobus to Naples was a very comfortable non-stop three hours and we arrived just before 2pm. It was far from quiet, though, with everyone yabbering loudly in Italian to each other or into their phones. The northern and coastal country of Puglia is very flat and...

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Nov 1, 2017 - Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 Naples

Naples by the Sea, by John We had an easy journey from Rome to Naples on the train, and our hotel let us check in right away even though it was before noon. We have been staying at the Grand Hotel Santa Lucia and our rooms overlook the marina filled with yachts. There's a huge castle across the street as well. Twenty miles out to sea is the Isle of Capri. The hotel is a little older and a bit run down, but our rooms are large, and the beds are comfortable so we are happy. Our only complaint is that the lowest temperature that we can set on...

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Oct 30, 2017 - My Impressions of Rome - by John

My first impressions of Rome, Italy Everything in Rome seems old and in need of repair. Many of the streets and sidewalks were cobblestone, which was very difficult to walk on. Because the city is so old, the streets are narrow and there is no provision for parking. Since there are no alleys, the garbage is stored on the street, and it stinks. We were staying in the central city, and to even drive in the central city, a person must buy a special permit for $4,000 a year. That gives them the right to try to find a spot to park on the street!...

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Oct 16, 2017 - Canine class to Salerno, gateway to the Amalfi coast.

A slow start from Siracusa railway station. Sundays are quiet. Our new second class rail carriage was brand new, Very comfortable. Clean toilets but no food or drink vendors. Luckily we had packed our picnic from the Ortigia market the previous day. As we passed through Catania, Etna had shrugged her veil, and was proudly standing tall, wearing a mere wisp of smoke. Nice to see her. Hope she stays quiet. Once we arrived at Messina in Sicily, our train went into the bowels of a ship, and we took about 25 minutes to get to the Italian...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Arriverderci Roma..........

A quick farewell to our chocolate box friends, and Gabriele. Headed to Roma Centrale to join the bun fight to get a reservation for our trip to Napoli, but first validating our Eurail pass. All done, caught a schmick train to Naples. Feeling as if we had botox to our faces, feeling the Gs as we going so fast at 260kms per hour. Police presence and army with machine guns everywhere. The government is working hard on keeping the peace. Locating Hotel Gismonda a challenge. It was eventually found despite GPS on iphone. Secreted behind a big...

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Sep 26, 2017 - Italy - Path of the Gods - Bomerano to Positano

After a long day in the bus on Monday, we were looking forward to getting our legs moving again. Actually the accompanying pictures started Monday night after supper at the Hotel Victoria. Cava de' Tirreni is actually a suburb of Naples and much more urban than Deiva Marina. The hotel was well located on a traffic restricted street, Corso Mazzini, and we felt very comfortable walking around after dark, which we did every night. Tuesday morning our two smaller buses arrived to take us up and over the coastal mountains to Bomerano. We started...

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Sep 25, 2017 - Italy - Travel to Cava de' Tirreni & The Amalfi Coast

A long bus ride today; about 700 kilometers including a side trip into Florence to pick up Raimund's wife Angela. We would be using 2 fifteen passenger buses for our day trips to the Amalfi Coast due to the narrow winding roads not being conducive to travel in the big 40 passenger coaches so Raimund would ride in one and Angela the other. As we travelled into Tuscany we passed the Apuan Alps and the town of Carrara, famous for its marble. We also passed through an area of nurseries that proved trees, shrubs and plants throughout Europe. In...

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