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Amalfi is a beautiful and busy town. On the coast is has a history of being a maritime power, and paper making. It is a town with many festivals. You will enjoy your stay.
Today it still has a very busy harbor.
We happened upon the Festival of San Andreas by accident. This was one of the highlights of our trip. Each year on the 27th of June, “This date is remembered for a miracle of Sant’ Andrea that occurred in 1544, when the people of Amalfi prayed to their saint to protect them from an attack of the feared Barbarossa pirates. When the town was saved from the attack by a sudden and terrible sea storm, the Amalfitans celebrated it as a miracle of Sant’ Andrea.” (From Charming Italy, bu Laura Thayer. http://www.charmngitaly.com )
Little did we know hen we sat down that we would be in the middle of the festa. In Italy it is normal for one of have the table for as long as you want it. Our views were amazing.
Soon it became quite crowded and as the sun began to set, the procession began,
The parade went through most all of the town.
Below you see people heading out on to the pier to watch the fireworks as darkness came.
A fisherman brings in his catch below.
A tall ship came in for the celebration.
The duomo the next morning.
The paper museum makes a nice stop on the way to the hill trails that take you to Ravello and other towns.
Sample of the paper available at the museum.
And do not forget lemons, limone è importate !! Limoncello right?
Walking up the hills in Amalfi.
A great site for more info on Amalfi is. http://www.ciaoamalfi.com. Laura Thayer writes a blog on the town and surrounding area. Well worth checking it out.
I found this article in Italy Magazine. It is a free magazine you can subscribe to which I find very helpful. With the high heat in Europe this summer this article may be of interest to you. Some great ideas of how to beat the heat, and where to visit.
Last summer we arrived in Sicily in mid August. It was hot but the beaches were cooling. So were some of the high altitude areas as well as Lake Garda.
Since the mid 1980s we have been traveling to Italy. The question become where was I. With GPS enabled photos, my aging memory is being helped by referring to the maps of places shows in Apple Photos.
Then map of Sicily is not complete as many photos were not geo tagged. But is does help bring back any memories. I wish I was able to record our trips from my GPS, but at the time this was not available. My wife and I have been traveling for the last month but we will e home soon and I can get back to the blog with a segment on the town we liked best in Italy.
In late September I will be leaving to travel to Milano for 2 nights and then joining a bike tour that begins in Trento. A short train ride from Trento brings us to the starting point in Bolzano with views to the Dolomites and a bike path that follows the Adige River back to Trento. This is a protected path with great river views and mostly flat.
The next day the tour heads to Riva del Garda at the top of Italy’s amazing Lago di Garda. At that point we take the boat to Desenzano del Garda a town where Angela and I spent ten wonderful days exploring last year.
The next leg is a ride into Verona home of the Arena de Verona where the operas are performed each year. On to Vincenza traveling through the wine regions. Padova come next and then on to Mestre, which is just outside of Venezia. Since bikes and cars are not allowed in the city of Venice, we will use public transportation to visit the city.
I am really looking forward to this bike tour, plus I have two days to explore Milano.
The tram in Milano
The Rialto, VenziaLago di Garda
Desenzano del Garda
The Arena di Verona, Verona
Non vedo l’ora. I can not wait for this trip to begin. Will try to post each day when it begins.
Rome is a city best seen on foot. We enjoyed 18 days wandering around the city from our Airbnb on the edge of Campo Dei Fiore (Field of Flowers). Each day was a magical show of life as we navigated from neighborhood to neighborhood .
Here is a link to a quick video featuring Testaccio, Campo Dei Fiore, Castel Sant Angelo, and other points. Will be going through others and posting from my iPad while on vacation back in Connecticut, where you can get real pizza.
My wife’s cousin posted on Facebook an article of Plemmiro as small town near Siracusa, Sicily. Last summer we spent 10 days in this seaside paradise. This is an area of lava and coral with a crystal clear sea. This location is short drive from Siracusa. It is very small town with 2 small grocery stores, a pizza place, and a restaurant. That being said, we had a ball. This is the view from our AirBnB.
Scuba divers in the water across from our rocky beach area. Do not let the rocks deter you. You can go to public beaches a short walk down the road in either direction and pay a small fee to have umbrellas and beach chairs. They all serve food and beverages.
Public beach area a short walk from our Airbnb
Every night sunset!
A small church Santa Maria della Rocia del Plemmirio was packed on Sunday
Here is the web site for Plemmirio. If you visit Siracusa make this a day trip or stay with one of the BnBs in the area
Here is a very short video of the sea in action
From Youtube here is a video from the Plemmirio web site
I am not sure how we stumbled on the town of Vieste, but we were very fortunate. We visited Caserta and needed a change. Vieste is on the Adriatic and has many beach areas.
We arrived mid afternoon and found a good sized village on the coast which seemed very inviting. The photo shows the major landmark, Pizzomunno, a vertical monolith standing about 82 feet high on the Spiaggia del Castello. Castle Beach
A link to a short YouTube video I did after one of our visits:
There are many areas for swimming in Vieste. We enjoyed the warm waters of the Adriatic.
The Vieste Lighthouse, or Faro di Vieste is llluminated day and night. You see it from the beaches and the restaurants which are plentiful.
This is a fishing town, many boats are seen in the harbor. Sailboats are plentiful, and charters are available.
The town is built on a hill and the views from the top are incredible We attended the festival of the bitter stone, Chianca Amara which had surprising origins. It recalls the 5,000 people who were beheaded when the Turks sacked Vieste in 1554. Not really a happy time, but the festival recounts much more and has many artistic performances. Some photos below depict the activities.
After the festival we enjoyed the restaurants in the area.
Like many Americans, we end up being early. At 7:30 pm we were the only ones there. By the end of dinner the place was full.
Our real interest lies in gelato. So many choices.
We enjoyed the evening walks and the streets and piazzas were full of people.
Love the name of the restaurant “Sapore di Mare” “Taste of the Sea:
It was world cup time , il mondiale di calcio Along with the festival crowds, people flowed out from the bars and restaurants which placed TV outside to view the action.
You can find a lot of information on Trip Advisor, Wikipedia, and Google. There are additional sights nearby. The National Park is a short drive. Driving is not a problem but do not speed as cyclists are pedestrians will be on the shoulders.
Night time on the waterfront.
The faro at night.
Views we saw as we entered the Vieste area.
our first trip we stayed in a hotel directly across from the beach. Next to this wonderful pool, we found the country just a few feet away.
You can hear the cow bells at the pool
The beach was included with our hotel and it was a short drive to Vieste.
From Naples figure about 3 1/2 hours using the Autostrada. From Rome about 4 1/2 hours on toll roads. You can visit the National Park of Gargano and Monte Sant’ Angelo. Also San Giovane Rotondo to visit the church of Padre Pio.
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Amalfi, Feast of Sant Andrea
I just received a copy of Jen Millers 100 Best Things to do in Italy and was fascinated by the diversity of the list. Almost every day we are bombarded with the “10 Things You Must Do” that usually link to a bunch of JUNK. This is not that type of list.
Of the 100 items on the list, I have only visited 39 that I can recall. That leaves quite a bit to see and do. Here is the link to Jens site which is entitled Jen Reviews. Take a look at it and you may wish to subscribe. This is not just a travel site, she does reviews on various products for he home and other items you may find of interest. Give it a look.
Here is the link to the list :
Here is a list of the table of contents of Jen Reviews The 100 Of The Best Things To Do In Italy
1 1. Colosseum (Rome)
2 2. Pompeii (Naples)
3 3. Venice Gondola Trip
4 4. Duomo Milan
5 5. Sistine chapel
6 6. Climb Mt. Vesuvius (Naples)
7 7. Leaning tower of Pisa
8 8. Solfatara (Naples)
9 9. Cinque Terre (La Spezia)
10 10. Vatican City (Rome)
11 11. Blue Grotto (Naples)
12 12. Trentino Winter Sports
13 13. Gardaland Fun Park
14 14. Nuraghi Sardinia
15 15. Murano glass factories (Venice)
16 16. Medici Villas and Gardens (Florence)
17 17. Arona/Lake Maggiore
18 18. Tremiti Islands
19 19. Siena
20 20. Catacombs (Rome)
21 21. Assisi
22 22. Ferrari Museum (Maranello)
23 23. Sicily
24 24. Sibillini National Park
25 25. Bridge of Sighs (Venice)
26 26. Bolzano
27 27. Castellana Caves (Bari, Puglia)
28 28. Museo Nazionale dell’Alto Medioevo (Rome)
29 29. Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Stadio San Siro, Milan)
30 30. Alberobello
31 31. Aqualandia Jesolo (Venice)
32 32. Napoli Sotterranea (Naples)
33 33. Kite Festival Cervia
34 34. Civita di Bagnoregio- The Dying Town (Orvieto)
35 35. Pantelleria (Sicily)
36 36. Trevi Fountain (Rome)
37 37. Chocolate Festival Perugia
38 38. San Galgano (Siena)
39 39. Valley of the Temples (Agrigento, Sicily)
40 40. Lake Garda
41 41. Rabbit Beach (Lampedusa) and Rabbit Island
42 42. Valcamonica Rock Drawings
43 43. Etnaland (Belpasso, Sicily)
44 44. Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milan)
45 45. Gran Paradiso National Park (Aosta)
46 46. Palazzo Reale (Palermo)
47 47. Rainbow Magic Land Valmontone (Rome)
48 48. Acquario di Genova (Genoa)
49 49. Medici Aqueduct (Pitigliano)
50 50. Safari Park Pombia
51 51. Archiginnasio (Bologna)
52 52. Castel Nuovo (Naples)
53 53. Treviso Talking Tree Park (Venice)
54 54. Walk the Via Francigena
55 55. Capri
56 56. Ostia Antica (Rome)
57 57. I Sassi di Matera
58 58. The Pantheon (Rome)
59 59. Venice Carnival
60 60. Abano Terme (Padua)
61 61. Bioparca di Roma
62 62. Byzantine Mosaics Ravenna
63 63. Verona
64 64. Cinecitta Studios (Rome)
65 65. Santa Maria in Trastevere (Rome)
66 66. Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (Rome)
67 67. Riserva naturale orientata dello Zingaro
68 68. Porta Palatina (Turin)
69 69. Peggy Guggenheim Museum (Venice)
70 70. Lucca (Pisa)
71 71. Galata Museo del Mare (Genoa)
72 72. Orto Botanico (Padua)
73 73. Castelmezzano
74 74. Castle Moncalieri (Turin)
75 75. Positano (Naples)
76 76. Parma
77 77. Caserta
78 78. Amalfi Coast
79 79. Dozza (Bologna)
80 80. Campo del Ghetto (Venice)
81 81. San Lorenzo Cathedral (Genoa)
82 82. Portofino
84 84. The Ruins of Paestum
85 85. Rialto Bridge (Venice)
86 86. Nora (Cagliari, Sardinia)
87 87. Punta Prosciutto and Torre Lapillo (Porto Cesareo)
88 88. Anzio (Rome)
89 89. Italia in Miniatura (Rimini)
90 90. San Leo (Rimini)
91 91. Tropea
92 92. Cortina d`Ampezzo
93 93. Museo Stibbert (Florence)
94 94. Zoological Gardens, Pistoia
95 95. Basilicata Adventure Parks
96 96. Frasassi Caves
97 97. Sorrento Ice and Pizza Cooking Course
98 98. La Scala Theatre and Opera House, Milan
99 99. Regata Storica (Venice)
100 100. The Chianti Wine Trail
The introduction from Jen Reviews
“It is difficult – if not impossible – to limit a list of things to do in Italy to 100, and even more difficult to put them in order of descending significance or entertainment value: home to Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Etruscans, Greeks and Romans, with islands as diverse as dour Sicily and African-influenced Pantelleria and cultures as far apart as Renaissance Venice and the prehistoric Trulli in Alberobello, Italy is a vibrant and colorful hotch-potch, a land of stark and passionately defended contrasts.
Famous for its ice-cream and its wine and with such characteristic culinary specialities as pizza and pasta (to name but a few), Italy is a land of lovers, of (often tragic) romance, of beautiful churches, ancient ruins and smoking volcanoes, of vendettas and grand opera. It is very child-friendly – Italians love children – and very relaxed with regard to organization and punctuality, which means there is no point getting upset when your train fails to show up. When in Rome, do as the Romans do; take a siesta and enjoy La Dolce Vita. If you are travelling by car, be aware that this cocktail of attributes shows up in their driving, too. Rules are made to be broken, signalling is haphazard and you will rarely see a car without dents. That said, there are few countries better equipped as a holiday destination for all tastes. Buon viaggio!”