Alta Marea - Turismo Rurale
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... 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 ...
... has rocked it!! So we board the ship, get settled in and by 9:00am we are off sailing. First stop is Lipari. It's got a cute little town right on the port, but to really see the island, we need to hire a taxi driver, Antonino but he says to call him by his nickname, Nucho. He's very nice and personable and takes us to see all the panoramic views. He says there are 12,000 people living on the island. People make a living through fishing, agriculture, and tourism. It's safe, ...
... arrive at the restaurant, we go to a huge room with a long table and plenty of seats for 30+ people. Pizza and arancini (rice ball) is passed around and later biscotti cookies! Yummy! Two brothers begin playing old Sicilian songs on the guitar and the entire group starts singing and clapping! In the corner, a group of young girls dance in a small circle, tarantella style! It's awesome!! ...
... one by one! She and my dad begin to share stories and stuff from the past. It is amazing!! My dad is super excited and in total awe returning after 63 years!! After a few hours and tons of picture taking, we move on about 30 minutes to Librizzi to visit one of my fathers cousins. He's the only family member still alive on this side of the island. His name is Nunziato and we meet him and his 2 sons and their repective families. They offer us espresso coffee, almond ...
... fast, only taking one hour instead of the usual two hours for a ferry. I do not want to leave my place in line so I just yell real loud "Michael Hartman, please come here" and soon here comes Mike and bringing the money to buy the tickets! We were feeling a bit like participants in the television reality show "Amazing Race" as we just secured two seats on the next departing vessel to Lipari way ahead of any other "team" still standing in that other non-moving line! BTW, we have ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking