Old Jul 4th, 1999, 01:40 AM
Ken McCamish
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We love the history, the atmosphere, the food etc of Italy and this time we want to explore those parts south of Sorrento which is the furtherest south we have been.
What do you suggest we should see and visit. We plan to be there Sept- Oct 1999.
Thanks in advance. Ken
Old Jul 4th, 1999, 05:19 AM
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we went to Italy last year for a month and Naples is wonderful. South of Sorrento - Amalfi is a must. And if you get to Amalfi, make the trip by bus to Ravello and surrounding areas. Skip Salerno. Try Paestum for something different. Some of the best preserved Greek ruins are located in Paestum and we stayed at an archeologist's brother's place. We stayed with Daniel Annunzio at Pensione Arcobelano Ph 0828/722178. They will pick you up from the station but you need to speak a little Italian. We paid L100,000 for three of us and dinner was about L20,000 each. It was interesting and well worthwhile. The ruins are impressive. The rail service is not that great through Paestum and we did have difficulty getting back to Salerno from there. Take some time if you go there though, so you can explore the surrounding areas.
Do you know of any reasonable cheap accommodation in Rome? We stayed at an hotel near the station for L90,000 for three of us and it was very good - the Georgina - but we really would like to find something even cheaper still. We are travelling at the end of September 1999. We are also going to Venice for a week.
Old Jul 6th, 1999, 12:04 AM
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Thanks for the info. We hope to explore even further south and then take the ferry to Greece. Have you tried this part of Italy?
Old Jul 6th, 1999, 07:11 AM
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Last year we spent a week in Sorrento (which we loved) and a week in the Puglia area (the 'heel' of the boot of Italy - where I assume you would take the ferry to Greece). We would go back to Puglia in an instant. The food was wonderful and the people were incredibly friendly. It is physically very different from other areas of Italy we have visited - quite flat with miles and miles of olive trees and vineyards. It doesn't have quite the depth of art and architecture that other parts of Italy have, but it has many interesting sites to see and places to visit.

We stayed at an Agriturismo outside of Bari - they call Bari the "Paris of Italy" - it is quite lovely. (Agriturismos are Bed and Breakfasts on a working farm - incredibly reasonable and fun to stay at). From Bari we visited the "trullis" of Alberobello; an amazing 12th century Norman church in Otranto; and ate wonderfully every day.

Please don't hesitate to contact me directly if you want more information.
Old Jul 8th, 1999, 05:59 AM
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