Alta Marea - Turismo Rurale
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Got up super early to drive from Rome to the port in Naples (a mafia controlled city) to catch our ferry to the wonderful island of Capri. A group of a few Australians, a handful of Americans and us managed to hire a small boat and captain it ourselves. It was cool. Cruising around the whole island at our own pace, taking a much needed refreshing dip in the 'green grotto' and checking out the massive houses on top of the huge cliffs around the island. It's quite an impressive island and ...
... around, especially Mt Etna. We went for lunch at Sine Tempore, which I found a little snooty and definitely didn't offer the the best pasta: Lia had veal a la limone, Nuka the Sine Tempore which had wild mushrooms, Paolo had a pasta that included fresh tomatoes and I had the Norma.
Using our our newfound energy, we made it back to our car and set off for Bronte, home of the pistachio. The GPS put our time of arrival at 3.30pm, perfectly timed to ...
We arrived, or tried valiantly to, at around 3pm between Piedmont Etneo and Linguaglossa, but couldn't find the agriturismo, despite counting the requisite railway crossings before the turn-off! We had to wait for the owners in the parking lot of a nearby supermarket. Maria came to fetch us and within minutes we arrived in Etna Mare.
It is hard to describe this wine and olive farm near the foot of Mount Etna and ...
... Napoli was dirty looking also. Got to Rome and found a hotel next to the Vatican wall. Kathy, Monty and I went into the Vatican. It was so busy, even an hour before closing. $16 euro each OMG the Pope must make a fortune. The multiple museums, the cistine chapel, the 16 other chapels, sculptures taken from around the world it was simply astonishing. If they sold it all it would feed the worlds starving 10 times over. The Vatican is somewhere I ...
... we catch an open top taxi with our sounds blasting up the famous narrow road to Anacapri. As there is a little rain the top isn't let down. Miniature smart cars and trucks squeeze to the sides to allow enough room to pass.
A single chairlift leads up to the top of the mountain for panoramic views. It is peaceful sitting on the lift watching people work in the gardens, spy on their villas and out to the ocean. At the top is a ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking