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May 24, 2013 - Orvieto, Civita, and Sorrento

Ready for a new adventure, Bryan and I woke, checked out, and we're on the road early. The drive to Sorrento is supposed to take around 4-5 hours. We plan to stop at Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio on our way to Sorrento to drop the car before finding our way to Positano where we'll be staying the next 3 nights. Orvieto, about an hour south of Montepulciano, is another hilltop town, though this one sits atop a plateau of volcanic rock. At one point it was a center of Etruscan civilization. The Duomo was begun in 1290 and is striped in...

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May 10, 2013 - Pompeii/Rome

We arrive in Naples early morning, have breakfast and begin our journey to Pompeii. Pompeii was buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. And has been uncovered over the centuries little by little. Much is left to be done but what can be seen is really quite remarkable. On our way back to Rome we make one more stop at Cassino, where we visit the Commonwealth Cemetery; the graves of several nations' (not the US) soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom of Italy in WW II. Quite moving as all these monuments are. It...

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May 5, 2013 - Amalfi Coast/Capri

We rise early so we can get a good start on an exciting day. We begin with a trip to the Amalfi Coast. The views all speak for themselves...better than I ever imagined. Our pictures are good but I don't think any pictures do the scenery justice..it is spectacular. Then, I fell in love...Positano! Around every corner there was another beautiful sight; flowers, views, buildings. And then there were wonderful shops...lemons everywhere! and great cafes. Had my first orange granite...not a lemon fan. Our early start meant that...

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May 4, 2013 - Sorrento

Today was a journey day...heading south to Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and Sicily! We passed a lot of scenery; especially enjoyed seeing hilltop towns thru out Campania. Also enjoyed hearing about the development of the towns as they expanded beyond the hilltop, as well as the history surrounding the area. As we come upon Sorrento we circle around the Bay of Naples and see many spectacular water and hillside scenes. After check in and before dinner we descend into Sorrento to view the city center. Time for shopping, strolling and touring. ...

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May 4, 2013 - Isle of Capri

Arrived in Isle of Capri this afternoon! Had a long flight to Rome, then a train ride to Napoli, then a boat ride to Capri! What a beautiful place. Sitting on our terrace relaxing now and heading to dinner soon. We are very tired, virtually no sleep on the plane, but we will catch up in a few days! We only have one night here and will be in Rome tomorrow night.

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Dec 6, 2012 - Pompeii

One of the must dos of the region is to take a visit to Pompeii - the stuff of legends. To get there we caught the local train. Missed our stop. Got off at the next station. Caught a train back to the correct stop - or so we thought. In fact we caught the wrong train to the wrong station, which in fact was the correct station. Well, not THE correct station, but A correct station. Confused? So were we. Turns out Pompeii is serviced by two stations on separate lines. Anyway, finally arrived at Pompeii (quite a large town) and found our way to...

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Dec 5, 2012 - Sorrento

We left Rome this morning and headed south for Sorrento, just past Napoli. Didn't take long to get back into the groove of driving on the wrong side of the road, in the wrong side of the car. Negotiating the Rome traffic wasn't as difficult as we thought it would be. Wasn't long before we were speeding down the autostrade. Hit the outskirts of Napoli after about an hour, and decided it was a good choice to bypass it - seems like it is a vast urban sprawl. Although, we did think the same about Rome until we went there. Maybe we should have...

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Nov 15, 2012 - Napoli

Because we had already been to all the cruise sponsored sites offered from Naples, we decided to walk into the city to have pizza. Naples is where pizza was created and they are quite proud of their offerings. We walked along the waterfront a couple miles and stopped in at an interesting pizza parlor. We were not disappointed! I had a quattro fromagi pizza, and Mike had a margarita pizza. They were superb - best we ever had!!!

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Oct 8, 2012 - Pompeii

This morning I do a bit of shuffle with my bags leaving the big heavy bag at my next hotel then taking a smaller bag I Head off by fast train, 1 hour 10 minutes to Naples, got on the local train to the city of Pompeii. A very packed train with only small amount of standing room we head to the stop for Pompeii a trip taking some 30 minutes, Off the train and a 1 1/2 km walk to my hotel a warm day but not real hot so a nice walk. Got checked into the hotel (nice) then out for a walk about the new city of Pompeii with a visit to the Basilica...

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Oct 5, 2012 - Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast

Wednesday, October 3 - Thursday, October 4 Sperlonga to Pompeii Our tour guide cost nearly twice as much as our 4-star hotel and he was worth every bit of it. The hotel was not. Smarmy staff with fawning plastic smiles, a room with silly foo-foo extras like shower jets coming from 6 directions but no character--we could have been in Omaha-- in a dumpy part of town. Oh, right, Pompeii. Nothing but dumpy parts of town. Hawkers, and cheap guides mobbed the car as we drove in. We nearly kept going. When Dr. Gaetano Durante started guiding 30...

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Oct 4, 2012 - Positano

We awoke to a beautiful sunrise over the ocean. Breakfast was once again on the balcony, a different one to last night and we ate breakfast as the sun rose higher in the sky and the heat started to rise. We wanted to visit Positano today which is 8 klms away on the road back to Sorrento. We were not lucky enough to be organised in time to catch the ferry that we wanted so we decided to go for a very quick swim. This was it my time to jump into 'the Med', bravery lacking I donned my togs and joined Mike to go to our motels private 'beach'...

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Oct 3, 2012 - Amalfi

Today we leave Sorrento for Amalfi but we have enough time for a quick walk through the center of Sorrento. I must be honest I don't mind the walk down hill to the village nor the couple of klms to the center of town but I wasn't looking forward to the walk back. Sorrento is very picturesque, lovely old buildings and quaint streets but also the usual madness where ever tourists might possibly spend some money. One of the stores we visited had been in business 150 years it's a little different to back home. They had lovely inlaid wood and...

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Italy 2012

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