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Località Renella

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  • Day19

    Unscheduled Stop

    October 5, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Having left Pompeii we had to come to Salerno to change trains for Rome. We decided to break the journey and have a wander, and it was really worth it. A lovely place with history, a harbour, a Cathederal with a Pope interned in it, good food and friendly people. Well worth a visit.Read more

  • Day19

    Matera to Salerno

    September 22, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Had a rare english tour of the underground cistern this morning and met Penny and Meredith from Melbourne. Then to Casa Noha for interesting film on history of Matera - from neolithic settlements established due to spring water and easy defence to prosperity during the Renaissance and decline in 19th century even blamed on the Australian wool industry. Carlo Levi turned wider attention to the poverty of the cave dwellers in 1950’s till government forcibly moved everyone out. Abandonned till 1990’s before being transformed and becoming the 2019 European Capital of Culture.
    Found the short way to the Duomo which would have saved many steps but this town is so hard to navigate due to the three dimensional aspect.
    Shared antipasto platter with Melbourne girls then late bus through farmland and more rocks to Salerno.
    Easy dinner of sausage and broccoli pizza. The broccoli has an intense flavour but looks like broccoli leaves and is much nicer than the flowery stuff we have.
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  • Day20

    Salerno and Paestum

    September 23, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Cappuccino and sweet pastry in a cafe on the lungomare then the magnificent duomo. Helped some old lost Tennesse folk from a cruise ship find it so they lit a candle for me. Duomo was full of mosaics and the crypt was heavily frescoed. In the very lowest level are the roman ruins of the original temple. Saw the medieval aqueduct, then train to Paestum. Three ancient greek temples on a flat plain with steep rocky cliffs behind surrounded by pommegranite and fruit/ vege farms. Uniquely you are still able to walk into two of these temples. Met a real Australian archaeologist working at Taquinia.
    Train back through farmland with acres of plastic greenhouses round Montecortine.
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  • Day34

    Italy Lesson #1 get your coffee right!

    June 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    For lovers of coffee looking for tips - in Italy there are a few things you need to get right.

    First of all - you need to know what you want. I asked for a cafe latte with half milk. I basically got a glass of warm milk - weak and gross. I asked for an espresso to add to it. They watched with a horrified look as I poured the espresso into my latte!

    Secondly - say it loudly! My first mistake was asking for a cafe macchiato meekly amongst the noise of the morning rush hour. I ended up with an Americano. I also received rolling eyes and I am sure some Italian swear words when I said I wanted the macchiato.

    Thirdly - skull and go. Yup, more eye rolling and Italian swearing (with a bit staring from others in the cafe) when you take your little coffee (and the bonus glass of water) to sit down.

    No fear - I have been able to order coffee properly after 3 days in Italy with the compulsory cornetti!

    I have made the mistakes for you so you can thank me later 😂 cheers, Erin
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    Diana Perry

    No complimentary glass of water in Florence. And you can sit if not in a tourist hot spot

    6/5/18Reply
    KimErinAllanah

    Good to know!

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  • Day15

    Osteria dei Sapori -- Salerno

    January 3, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 2 °C

    So if you dream of eating in a non-touristy, small, family-run osteria in Italy, this is the place for you. In a 7-table place, with food options written on a piece of paper, we were the only foreigners over the two hours we were there. The entire operation took place in one small room. Dad was the cook, mom his assistant, daughter did everything else (except wash the dishes—there was a woman over in the corner continuously washing and drying). The food was excellent, the family so hospitable, and even with the most expensive bottle of wine at 25 euros, our bill was 80 euros. And that was with two courses each, and one dessert.

    Very nice way to end our stay here.
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    Tina Colombo

    That makes up for the place that ran out of red wine!

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  • Day56

    Chill Weekend

    October 29, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Had two days of relaxing. Was great. Went out on Saturday night for a walk around the old town and then beach promenade. Noticed that a lot of fairy lights were being set up above the street - most likely we'll miss seeing it all lit up though which is a shame.

    Lots of people about, having an evening stroll. Spotted some people sword fighting on the promenade (they appeared to be doing proper positions and strikes which was way less hilarious than Trent and Wade's "battles"). Got a Salerno specialty - gelato in a brioche bun. Brioche bun baked fresh each day. Gelato rich and creamy. Delicious. Best to have a strong chocolate or sweet flavour to contrast with the bread. So good.

    Then strolled some more and had fried anchovies (delicious), pasta and wine for dinner. Good. Also tried an aperol spritz. Nice.

    Second night just got more takeaway. Still loving having cheap pizza. After a refreshing weekend, we're geared up for Pompeii on Monday.
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  • Day53

    Speeding to Salerno

    October 26, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Day started with breakfast at the hotel - surprising amount of desserty food available for breakfast (cakes etc). Coffee so good. Checked out, then headed to the Termini Station for train to Salerno.

    Got sandwiches on the way from Mercato Centrale for lunch - salami and truffle oil, and salad and truffle. Yum.

    Had nice seats for the train ride. Tried playing Star Realms on the train until it got too bumpy. Arrived in Salerno surprisingly quickly (journey only 1.45 hours) - leading to a very quick gathering of our bags and getting off the train. Sun shining and sea glistening, we're already liking this coastal city.

    Quick walk to our place. Got moved to a slightly nicer apartment next door due to painting issue in our original place (previous guests had a kid who drew on a wall). Got settled in then went to supermarket. Struggling to find cheap easy dinner to make at home. So got pizza takeaway. Was really good (cheese broccoli mushroom and eggplant - "Ortolana"). Salerno pretty at night. Also had some Tarallini (chip-like mini bagel type things?) and a sausage stuffed in a croquette wrapped in pizza dough thing. Both good.

    Day trip tomorrow!
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  • Day6

    Towns and villages of Amalfi

    May 16, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Started the day off by walking from Salerno to Vietri Sul Mare. The views are amazing looking back at Salerno. The village of Vietri Sul Mare is known for its ceramics. After a brief look round I got the bus to the next village which is Cetara.

    Cetara is made up of a few houses around a domed church. Very pretty fishing village known for its tuna fishing.

    The weather is glorious so i decided to go to Amalfi by bus to relax on the beach for 2-3 hours

    In the afternoon I travelled to the town of Maiori, it seemed to have more space than the town of Amalfi. The Main Street was a wide boulevard. The main reason to travel to Maori was to do the lemon trail. The lemon trail is a short hike to the next town/village of Minori, the trail goes high into the hills passing all the lemon groves.

    At the end of 5he day I walked back to Maiori from Minori, a 10 minute walk via the road. From Maiori I got the ferry back to Salerno. The journey was excellent unlike the ferry ride I had a few days earlier

    My last full day before travelling to Rome tomorrow morning. I have seen a lot in the Amalfi Coast, but there are still lots I want to see such as Sorrento and Capri amongst other places, I think that is a reason to look at coming back next year, probably having Salerno asa base again
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  • Day15

    Paestum!!! Wow!!!

    January 3, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    One half hour, 2.90 euros each way, and the Regionale train takes you to Paestum, the ruins of a Greek city from about 5th century BC. Three large temples remain intact, with the residential area, forum, baths,theater in ruins. One of the temples is roped off, but you can walk throuh the other two. Amazing.

    We had bright sunny, cold weather (in fact, on the way back to the train, a few snowflakes started to fall). Crowds were very moderate —two big groups of American college students, one tour bus of Italians, and about 50 others like Joe and I, straggling along on our own.

    The museum had many artifacts from graves, and some of the painted grave slabs themselves, including one that appears to be quite famous, The Diver. Lots of urns, statues of gods and goddesses, with very nice information panels, in both Italian and English for a change.There was a short video about the Allies´ WWII invasion, Operation Avalanche, which took place near Paestum. The Brits brought their own archaeologist, and while constructing an airstrip, an ancient burial site was found (by ancient, I mean really ancient, like Iron Age). He documented it all, excavated and tagged all artifacts. Turned them over to the Napples Archaeological authorities at the end of the war. The film ended with a comment along the lines of — it is a treasure for humanity that the British realized that preserving ancient history was just as important as winning the war.

    This is the end of the planned trip. When I was buying the plane tickets, it seemed like a shame to get on a plane in Rome without spending some time there. So we have a hotel reservation for four nights, an old Michelin Rome guide from our 1995 trip with the kids, and a recent 36 Hours in Rome article. Just hoping to have good weather for walking and short lines in front of whatever we decide to visit.
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  • Day3

    Salerno

    May 13, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Travelled from Naples to Salerno by train. A very easy and comfortable journey, took less than an hour door to door

    Checked into my apartment right in the centre of Salerno. Got everything I need and even a lovely view; I’ll take a picture and add it tomorrow

    Today was a very easy day just getting my bearings and walking along the promenade until fairly late. Nice to get out of the city and into a more relaxed atmosphere

    Tomorrow i am up early to walk the path of the gods and explore some more towns of the Amalfi Coast
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