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Campania

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  • Day5

    Naples!

    November 6 in Italy

    You know when you get to have breakfast alfresco, it's going to be a great day! Sun is shining, skies are blue, and cappacino is great!
    Off we go... by motorcoach to take in the sites of the city from one of the highest points of Naples. Breathe taking view of the Mediterranean sea that can't be captured in a single picture.
    Back down into the historical district for a walking tour of churches, shops and bakeries - where we had a midmorning treat, then off again.
    More walking, then our coach picks us up to drive us back to the waterfront to Rosolina's. The personal pizza here is enough for 2 or more, but excellent. (Accompanied with wine.) Followed by a couple of great sfogliatella and a shot of limoncello!
    Good thing the hotel we were to inspect was just a block down the street. Grand Hotel Saint Lucia is a beautifully restored hotel with an amazing view.
    The rest of the afternoon was ours to do as we wished as along as we were ready to leave at 710 for our dinner at Marianna's place. More on that later.
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  • Day8

    Last night, fun night!

    November 9 in Italy

    When in Sorrento, you must do the cheese making, pizza making, and learn the limoncello making process. What a blast. Funniest part was the drive after we got off the coach and into a 4 pax vehicle cross between a moped and a golf cart. But the best part is just like an amusement park ride:" keep your hands inside the car at all times" and they mean it!
    Sadly we had to say goodbye to Rossella who has been with us all week. Thank you for showing us some of the best things in Italy especially your home city of Sorrento.
    4am comes early... so good night!
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  • Day6

    Dinner at Marianna's

    November 7 in Italy

    Avanti is the only company that offers this special feature - dinner in a local's home. Come, sit, relax, have a glass of wine, converse with new friends and enjoy a special evening. This evening we rode to the marina were Marianna lives in a beautiful complex. We rode the open elevator up to the 6th floor and were greeted by our gracious host.
    For the next 3 hours flew by... we chatted about our day, had some wine, toasted to good days ahead, laughed, listened to a wonderful guitarist and singer and ate fabulous (what I would call) Italian comfort foods - mini 'mama's pizza', gnocchi with marinara sauce, pasta with prawns, bread, fennel and orange salad. Dessert was puffs filled with a limoncello cream and a shot of limoncello! AMAZING!
    The miracle is that we all came down the elevator (3 at a time) and it still works! So full not sure I'll get to sleep anytime soon but tomorrow we head for Sorrento via Pompeii.
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  • Day7

    Hotel Villa Garden, Sorrento

    November 8 in Italy

    Warmly welcomed to this beautiful seaside Villa, with an exceptional mimosa, this will be our home for the next few days. Sorrento is a hidden gem south of Naples; rich in history, spectacular views and yes, wonderful food!
    After a tour of the Villa, we find our luggage in our rooms... I have to pull myself away from taking in the view from my room, unpack, freshen up and rejoin the others in the reception room. And we are off with our local guide, Enrica, for an evening walking tour of the village and on to dinner. St. Anthony, their patron, is proudly represented and revered by the residents. Beautiful church shares the many miracles he interceded for those who came to him.
    November till mid March is not as crowded here as in the summer months, so walking down the streets is not difficult. We popped into a limoncello store for a quick tasting, will have to remember this place to come back to purchase a couple of bottles to bring home.
    Dinner as always was excellent, back to the Villa for a good night's sleep tomorrow-another day of adventures awaits us.
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  • Day7

    Positano

    November 8 in Italy

    Amazing drive south toward the Amalfi coast leads us here. Views, views, and more views of this city built in the limestone of the mountain. Hiked down to the Bay of Salerno. Even dipped my toes in the water, which felt great. The sand is volcanic with small stones were rough.
    Now on to

  • Day8

    buongiorno da Sorrento

    November 9 in Italy

    Sadly our last day... but what a beautiful view to wake up to. Today we will see a few more hotels, indulging in a gelato for lunch and walk it off by supporting the local economy! I think I have a few Euros left and a bit of space in my luggage! Ciao for now. This is the view from my room.

  • Day7

    Wonderful day!

    November 8 in Italy

    Lunch in Positano was wonderful, as all meals have been, then back to the hotel for a rest (for some people) but a few of us enjoyed the patio with wine and a beautiful sunset!
    Off for a couple of hotel/villa tours. Now enjoying a simpler dinner. Off for a walk thru the historical district to window shopping!Read more

  • Day6

    Sorrento

    October 4 in Italy

    Eine Stadt auf Felsen gebaut 😃

    Ohhhh wie wundervoll ist diese Stadt und dann noch dieses Wetter. Ein Traum 🌞 Leider waren wir nur bis 14 Uhr mit dem Schiff vor Anker. Ich hab mich mit meiner Arbeit beeilt und bin um 11 Uhr schnell rausgegangen. Hab dort eine leckere Pizza und ein Eis zum Nachtisch gegessen - mjami. Hinter jeder Ecke gab es so schöne Dinge zu sehen, wäre gern da geblieben.Read more

  • Day272

    Pompeii

    March 25, 2017 in Italy

    Camping Zeus was only a few hundred meters away from the entrance to Pompei ruins. The entrance ticket only entitled us to one entry, so with a picnic in our bag and camera in hand we headed in. The site was huge, but we took it one bit at a time, looking first at the covered baths whose walls depicted erotic art deemed unsuitable for children by the Vatican. We like to think of ourselves as quite liberal minded but in this case there may have been some justification, as even Will wouldd have classed it as pornography rather than erotic art!

    There was a mixture of emotions looking round, in one sense it was amazing to see the remains of such a large Roman settlement (20,000 people) so well preserved. In another sense, the reason for this state of preservation is so tragic. Despite the majority of residents having been evacuated, it is thought that some 2000 people perished here when Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered the town back in 79AD.

    Continuing further into the ruined city we saw room after ordinary room, helping to build up the impression of a functioning civilisation, an element that wasn't present at other Roman sites where the sole focus was on a large Amphitheatre or grand temple. Alongside the houses there was a basilica, a market place and several temples, their tall columns in various states of preservation. Large smooth dark cobblestones, sometimes interspersed with flecks of white marble, lined roads between the buildings. Will was particularly interested in the 'house of geometric mosaics' where the floor of each room displayed a different design. While the high walls often obscured any view beyond the city, the assembly areas frequently had a view of the still active Vesuvius volcano that wreaked such devastation.

    At around midday we were on the lookout for somewhere to eat our picnic when Will partially lost vision in both eyes. He had experienced this nearly a year ago and it had been diagnosed as a TIA (mini stroke). It lasted for around 30 minutes and had returned to normal when the site doctor and nurse arrived to check his blood pressure and pulse. They advised we go to hospital and called an ambulance that arrived at the entrance. The paramedics checked his vitals but by this time the site doctor had left us. The crew asked whether he had been wearing a hat and had drunk water, both of which we confirmed, but because there were no lasting symptoms, they advised we return to the van and have something to eat in the shade. It was a good thing Will had his European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with him! We have been attempting to live healthier lives since last year's TIA but will redouble our efforts in light of today's sobering experience.
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  • Day26

    Day 26 - Positano Arrival!

    October 5, 2017 in Italy

    Wow! Positano is stunning.

    After checking out of our bed and breakfast in Anacapri, we caught the (wrong) bus down to the Capri marina (followed by a taxi to the right place) to catch our quick 25 minute ferry to Positano on the Amalfi Coast. After we arrived at the Positano port, I saw our arrival message from our host, telling us to take a taxi or bus to the B&B. I looked the address up on Apple Maps and it said 0.3 miles, 7 minute walk...

    Tim gets a quick shot of espresso (bad idea!!) and we begin the walk (with about 30 pounds on our backs). Well...this 0.3 mile walk is essentially a hike up 400+ steep steps into a completely vertical cliff in the blazing sun. With no water. And without the phone navigation working, so I was pretty sure we were also lost. BUT...then we saw the B&B sign at our entrance...we made it!!

    Our awesome host gave us some water and let us settle in. This is the best place we have stayed by far. Our view of the cliffs and the buildings and the water is amazing. Of the 4 rooms in the B&B, ours is the only one with a private terrace. We also have a sitting area on the main terrace. The views are incredible.

    We caught our breath, changed into our bathing suits, and walked down the 400 (now easy) steps to the Fornillo beach. We had an awesome lunch on the beach, then got some chairs and an umbrella. I started a new book, Tim went for a quick swim, and we laid out in the sun for a couple of hours. We returned to our room to relax for awhile and to rinse off. Then we had some wine on our beautiful terrace and got ready for dinner. Our dinner was at a beautiful restaurant on the side of a cliff (as everything is here) - a bottle of Amalfi white wine, a pear and walnut salad to split, sea bass for Tim, and clam pumpkin ravioli for me, followed by tiramisu and decaf espresso. Amazing.

    Now, back to my book!! Goodnight!!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Campania, Kampanien, Kampanië, كامبانيا, Kampaniya, Кампанія, Кампания, কাম্পানিয়া, Kampanija, Campània, Кампани, Kampánie, Καμπανία, Kampanio, کامپانیا, Campanie, Kampaanje, Kham-pha-nì-â, קמפניה, कांपानिया, Կամպանիա, Kampania, Kampanía, カンパニア州, კამპანია, 캄파니아 주, Kampani, Campannia, Kampānija, Кампанија, Campanië, ਕਾਂਪਾਨੀਆ, صوبہ کیمپانیا, Campânia, Kampánia, แคว้นกัมปาเนีย, کمپانیہ, Canpania, 甘帕尼亞, 坎帕尼亚

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