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The Italian Way

From the Amalfi coast to Sicily

sunny 24 °C

As we hop from one interesting place to another we do so without acknowledging that the path we take can be as spectacular as the places themselves. For instance: our journey to Sicily. We begin in Positano – once a sleepy fishing village squeezed into a narrow rocky ravine just south of Naples. But today’s Positano has climbed high into the surrounding mountainsides and high on the bucket list of deep-pocketed tourists…
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Positano is beautiful but is best visited at this time of the year when the glitterati have packed their bags and most of the pricier hotels and restaurants have shut up shop for the winter. The same can be said of our next stop – Amalfi – a few kilometres along the coast…
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The white-knuckle road that winds along the cliff face is no more than a narrow ledge with heart-stopping hairpin bends and tunnels barely wide enough for a car let alone the numerous tour busses that blare a path with their horns. But, for those with the nerve to look, the coastal views are spectacular…
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With Amalfi in the rear view mirror we climb a thousand tortuous feet to the mountain top town of Ravello where we stop for lunch in the Medieval square…
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From here we drop back to the coast road (which most guidebooks warn drivers to avoid).
Our little Renault loves the circuitous climbs and the serpentine curves and in no time we are in Salerno where we board the southbound train for a distant Sicily...
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The olive, lemon and bergamot groves of Calabria zip past as we skim along the Mediterranean coast and we marvel at the enormity of the lemons from which the delicious limoncello is made….
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Sandy beaches, rocky shores and quaint fishing villages quickly come and go as we zip in and out of the numerous tunnels that take us through this mountainous land. And then we arrive in Reggio Calabria where our train is shunted aboard a ferry to cross the treacherous Strait of Messina…
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Now in Sicily we follow the eastern coast until we reach today’s destination, the ancient city of Catania – nestled under the still smouldering volcano of Mount Etna…
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Two hours driving and seven hours by train and ship leave us savouring a kaleidoscope of images and colours and we love every minute.
This is a beautiful land.

Posted by Hawkson 07:46 Archived in Italy

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Watching the ceremonies in Ottawa this am. Thinking of an uncle who passed away a few years ago. He, too, was in Sicily in 1943 with the First Canadian Infantry.

by R and B

Wow! What a visual and sensual journey. Hopefully tempered with lashes of limoncello when ever possible, except when driving coastal roads as described. So beautiful.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Gorgeous looking weather, and stunningly beautiful! What a beautiful journey.

by Sheila McGrath

HI there you two..I'm back at home,and very glad to be here. Great to connect with you....as always, very enjoyable!
love
Sharron

by Sharron Bertchilde

This looks like heaven on earth.

by The Vickerage

Wind warning. Heavy rain coming. Photos and narrative a welcome escape!

by Tom

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