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Salerno

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  • Day15

    Osteria dei Sapori -- Salerno

    January 3 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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  • Day15

    Paestum!!! Wow!!!

    January 3 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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  • Day14

    Moving on to Salerno

    January 2 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Salerno is not exactly a highly renowned tourist stop, but it is the easternmost point of the Amalfi Coast and a convenient way to get up to Rome. And there are some very highly recommended Greek temples about an hour from here, so we decided to make Salerno a stop. It has a huge port and an ancient centro historico. The Allies invaded Italy here, but unfortunately the small museum documenting the event was closed.

    The bus ride from Amalfi to Salerno was another one of those 90 minute rides to go 25 kms. This time we had several points where two buses met head on and there was simply no way for them to maneuver. It involved backing up, stopping traffic, and eventually squeezing by with only inches to spare. The ride was beautiful, but there is no way in the world I would want to drive it — the bus was scary enough.

    In Salerno, we found our little B and B in the old town and were out and about in plenty of time for lunch. At Mamma Rosa’s, we found ourselves in with lots of regular diners. A very popular place, Mamma Rosa is still there, and her quote on the wall is “I love cooking more than anything except my children.” Watching her interact with what must have been her grandkids gave credence to that quote.

    Afternoon was spent at the amazing 11th century cathedral, where the apostle Matthew is buried (the apostle Andrew is in Amalfi, so this must be a popular area for apostles). The mosaics were gorgeous.

    Then to the archaeological museum, where the 2nd century BC bronze head of Apollo was the standout.

    We are in a weird little place, picked because it is about 4 minutes from Novella Fitness, where I was able to use the elliptical for a mere 7 euros! Dinner in another totally crammed and popular place, Irys, where they had just run out of red wine (in Italy?!) but the food was very good.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Salerno, ساليرنو, Горад Салерна, Салерно, Salern, Σαλέρνο, سالرنو, Salerne, סלרנו, Սալեռնո, サレルノ, სალერნო, 살레르노, Salernum, Salernas, Salierno, Salèrne, Salernu, சலேர்னோ, 薩萊諾

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