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Travel Blogs from Gioiosa Marea
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 ...
On Tuesday, we decided to explore the villages surrounding Mount Etna (locals pronounce it Et-uh-na) - Castiglione di Sicilia and Bronte, famous for its pistachios.
We parked at the bottom of the town and started wending our way upward on the cobbled streets amid groans and wails of hunger, boredom, thirst, and needing to wee...... We met a kind (clever?) shopkeeper who told us about the trinacria, the symbol for (and early name for) Sicily, comprising ...
... in the distance. The farm has been passed down from Maria's grandfather, but has been operational for 200 years. They still have the original wine press and various tools used to harvest grapes and make wine over the years. The entire farm is dotted with various antique farm tools and our accommodation, the Kiwi's Bower, was a beautiful old farm cottage, filled with antiques, with 2 terraces overlooking the valley.
... 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 ...
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