its winding medieval streets flanked with an array of little shops from artisan bakers and designer boutiques to a beautifully tiled pharmacy kitted out with all manner of ancient fittings ..... In between the shops are family-run restaurants serving the freshest of fish and superb local delicacies, and its unique Norman cathedral is right on the street, although set a little way back, its place in the life of the town assured. Doubly so, as there is a bar and a geleteria on the corner!
Every Mediterranean Holiday I've Ever Had Day something in the great lock down and my place is tidier than a monk’s cell so while I'm thinking of what past travels to write about, I'm sorting half a lifetime’s accumulation of trivia, travel books, cards and pamphlets kept from the last great tidying session when I … Continue reading My Memory Bank
It was here that I discovered that the canal that runs through the centre of the town, was designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Is there nothing he didn’t design?
Most people know about the tragedy that was Pompeii so it would be presumptuous of me to write a post on its history. I will, therefore, content myself with posting some images I took when I was there in June last when I struggled in the heatwave and the crowds that had disembarked from the … Continue reading POMPEII
Many years ago I visited Sorrento but wasn’t sure what to make of it. I returned again this year and I am still not sure what it is that makes it tick, but tick it certainly does. Sorrento has been a popular tourist destination for almost two centuries, having been an essential stop on the … Continue reading Sorrento – Pearl of the Neapolitan Coast
Amalfi, tiny and expensive is one of the easier coastal towns to walk around as it rises gently up the hillside from the waterfront rather than clinging vertically to it, like Positano for instance. Centreville, Amalfi It is hard to believe that this very small town had a glorious history as a maritime republic on … Continue reading AMALFI – Italy’s Gem
White Houses Clinging to the Rocky Hillside Known as The Amalfi Drive (formally Strada Statale 163) the coast road along the shoreline from Sorrento to Amalfi (and on to Salerno) is one of the most poular drives in Italy. Originally built by the Romans, it is one of the most photographed coastal routes in the … Continue reading The Amalfi Drive
The Spanish Steps I’ve often wondered why people flock to the Spanish Steps, a stairway composed of 135 of the widest steps in Europe, but they are an institution in Rome so never one to miss out on an institution, I took myself off there. I know the popularity of the steps has a lot … Continue reading Rome: The Spanish Steps and The Trevi Fountain
The Forum was ancient Rome's showpiece centre, a site originally developed in the 7th century BC from a marshy burial ground and which grew into the social, commercial and political hub of the Roman Empire. It was a handsome district of temples, basilicas and bustling public spaces which, with a little imagination, is easy to people with toga-clad inhabitants going about their business accompanied by their slaves.
What was a distraction was the constantly changing scenery, the glow of the bracken, the shadows on the beech and chestnut woods, and the intense green of the surrounding fields cropped to a velvety smoothness by flocks of sheep, the muffled sound of whose bells punctuated the silence of the valley.