Author: charlie

Ambulating Amalfi

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“The Cinque Terre of Southern Italy” So, Amalfi coast – lemons, mountains, twisting winding road, 5 towns/villages some of which from a distance bear a passing resemblance to Cinque Terre (5T for short) in Liguria, Northern Italy. The two areas share various other characteristics – overpriced food in the center, crowds of tourists in the pinch points and cramped land-based public transport, the big difference … Continue reading Ambulating Amalfi »

Nipping into Napoli

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We’ve all heard dread stories of Napoli, that den of iniquity, the streets are full of trash, it’s dirty. And to some extent, they’re right. The city does have an edge to it, it’s certainly not clean, there’s grafitti everywhere (not the good kind) and the people are somewhat more abrupt than in other parts of the country. On the other hand you can enjoy … Continue reading Nipping into Napoli »

‘Ello Ercolano

Herculaneum with Pompeii in the background

Everyone has heard of Pompeii, in fact it gets millions of visitors a year. There’s another site that’s part of the same UNESCO listing, closer to Naples in fact. Oddly Pompeii gets the crowds while Herculaneum, or Ercolano in Italian, is delightfully crush-free. Both towns suffered the same fate in the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius but somehow only one of them is mobbed on … Continue reading ‘Ello Ercolano »