I haven’t been back to Italy since 2007 when I visited Venice for two whole weeks. It’s been great traveling to places I’ve never been to like Spain, Czech Republic, Belgium and Scotland and also re-discovering new and familiar places in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything. But as the old saying goes, “absence makes the heart grow fonder”.
Southern Italy . . . For my 4th trip to Italy, I plan to try something a little new with something a little familiar. New will be to see the small and charming towns along the beautiful Amalfi Coast and familiar will be to revisit the island of Capri.
They say that great poets, song writers, novelists and even film makers are drawn to this part of Southern Italy in the Campania Region so why shouldn’t it also draw dreamers like myself as well. I’ve decided to base in the small town of Priano (Wikipedia) for the entire three weeks. This is the longest I have stayed in one place and I’m really excited to try it for the first time.
I read an apartment review by fellow Slow Traveler, Mimi, describing this part of Southern Italy south of Sorrento as “old world.” I love that description. Unlike my recent trip to the very vibrant cities of Amsterdam, and Berlin, there are no fancy modern museums, no art galleries, no super tall towers with precision elevators to lift us up for a spectacular view of the coast. No, not here. What I’m going to find and hopefully discover is an “Old World” charm that Mimi spoke of.
I plan on keeping my itinerary loose, simple and very slow. On my “must see” sightseeing list: Capri, Positano, Ravello, Paestum and as many of the small towns like Atrani, Scala, Minori as I can see. I will use public transportation (hoping not to get motion sickness on those Sita buses).
And the Dream lives on with Trekcapri’s Amalfi Coast Adventures . . .
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