Italy: The Amalfi Coast

When I recently visited Sorrento in Southern Italy I was really excited to take a trip down the Amalfi Coast. I had seen so many breathtaking pictures of the buildings built into the side of the cliffs on the Amalfi Coast and desperately wanted to see them with my own eyes, it was certainly on the top of my ‘to do’ list. I therefore booked an organised trip with Acampora Travel which cost approximately £30 per person. This trip included hotel pick up from our beautiful hotel in Piano Di Sorento the Grand Nastro Azzuro at 8.15am. The Amalfi Drive (formally Strada Statale 163) is a…

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Italy: Captivating Capri

Not so long ago I read a post about why you shouldn’t visit Capri. I have searched and searched and searched the net for it since to no avail. When I read it, it made me think ‘is my trip to Capri going to be rubbish?’ But me being me I have to experience something for myself and not, not do something because someone else didn’t enjoy it or didn’t get anything from it. Also, I think the guys who had written it had visited in the off season and struggled to find anything open. Capri had always appealed to me…

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Italy: Herculaneum – Pompeii’s pretty sister? 

Have you ever heard of Herculaneum? I’ll be honest I hadn’t until I had the opportunity to visit this overlooked town whilst visiting Southern Italy last month. I’m sure we all know the story of Mt Vesuvius erupting in 79AD and wiping out Pompeii by covering it with ash and pumice. Well guess what? This affected Herculaneum too! Along with Pompeii, Herculaneum took the full force of the famous eruption, yet many have never heard of it! There is a strong indication that Herculaneum was originally a Greek town as it is believed that Herculaneum was named after the Greek…

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Italy: Conquering Mt Vesuvius

So have you ever climbed to the top of a volcano? An odd question and one I would have had to say no to up until a couple of weeks ago. That was until I climbed to the top of Mt Vesuvius. Mr ESLT and I were staying in Sorrento (check out our hotel here) and decided that climbing to the top of an active volcano would be a great experience. The trip we booked was via Acampora Travel and cost £39.50 per person including a morning in Pompeii with a guide. Mt Vesuvius is located just over 22km from Naples…

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Italy: Well Preserved Pompeii

As soon as it was decided that Mr ESLT and I were going to travel to Sorrento in Southern Italy I knew straight away I wanted to visit Pompeii. I don’t remember learning about it at a school but the city has always been of interest to me through TV shows/films I had seen about it. The fact that we were staying under an hour away sealed the deal – we were going to see it! (Check out the hotel we stayed at here). I, maybe like others, had always been under the impression that when Mt Vesuvius erupted (8km…

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Italy: A Sorrentine Dream, Sorrento

I love Italy – I’ll put that out there! Therefore, when I get the chance to visit this beautiful country I jump at the chance especially if it’s a part that I have never had the chance to explore before. The town of Sorrento is located on the Sorrento Peninsula in Southern Italy. On the north side of the peninsula you will find the Bay of Naples and on the south side the Bay of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento sits within the Metropolitan City of Naples with approximately 16,500 inhabitants. The town, even when I visited in April was buzzing…

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