Grand Hotel Paradiso
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Travel Blogs from Catanzaro Lido
... It was really noticeable here. Smokers can smoke anywhere- streets, restaurants, shops etc and they stub their cigarette out on the ground. No worries about the environment. At the forum the vestal virgins lived there from age 8-35 where they had to ensure the flame never went out in a monument. If they coupled up with a man they were buried alive whilst the man was beaten to death. They had found at least 13 graves of vestal virgins. You get a ...
... and pastries in the square. We had a visit to San Gimignano which had an awesome view from the ruins at the top of the town. Andie treated us to a gelato and Don and I got a panini with cheese and prosciutto which we ate in the town square. The area has many vineyards which we sampled at our dinner at La Certosa Monastery that night. We had a guided tour through the monastery where only 4 monks aged 66-83 live. ...
... perched at the pinnacle of the mountain. A very well maintained and attractive village. The tourist information centre was definitely shut, as was the castello, though that did promise to open several hours later. Retired to the local cafe to rethink our day. Noticed a very eldery gentleman snoozing at a table in the corner. Papa. The bartender's beloved papa. Asking about his age of the bartender, the conversation ...
... As usual, the fortress had been modified, and some of the earlier foundations were still visible. Due to its shape and location, it had been used in an Italian film. All information relating to this was, needless to say, only in Italian. Obviously a popular location for school excursions, as there was one group touring le Castella, while another group was on a boat cruising the shoreline......all long lost family!!
... keen to do some washing. Discussed, via the translator, that the washing needed to be done asap. Was promised for the following day, and, according to the translator, would be done by the Lord. In actual fact, that didn't happen, it took another day for the washing to be done......and then as no clothes driers are used (fair enough), and the weather had been somewhat inclement, it wasn't totally dry. ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking