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Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 22nd 2014

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757 Another lazy, relaxing day today wandering Sorrento. We spent the morning poking in and out of shops and buying some trinkets for souvenirs. We then headed over the Marina Grande for our reserved lunch at Delfino that I had read so much about on Trip Advisor. The reviews were definitely not wrong! Lunch was totally delicious, as was the atmosphere and service at this restaurant. G started with an entrée of mussels and then we both had the catch of the day, which was sea bream that was simply grilled and then filleted in front of us at the table. It was served with boiled potatoes and broccoli. We finished off with tiramisu cake for G and lemon delicious cake for me. All washed down with wine of... read more
Our Table on the Pier at Delfinos Marina Grande
Harbour View from Delfinos
Whole Fish About to be Filleted

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 21st 2014

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757 We had organised for Rainbow Limos, who did our transfers, to take us on a day trip along the Amalfi Coast today. Luckily the weather was gorgeous, sunny and pleasant.Alberico was our driver this time and he picked us up bang on time. First of all we headed to Positano. What a lovely little town! Alberico called ahead to organise a parking spot, demonstrating the benefits of using a driver, rather than hiring a car. This was the very end of the season yet parking would have been close to impossible without Albertico's contacts. We spent an hour or so wandering up and down the steep streets, buying a couple of local trinkets, before heading back to the car.We decided to head up to Ravello next for lunch and views and to see ... read more
The Amalfi Coast
View from Villa Maria, Ravello

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 20th 2014

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757Today was a very lazy day. We got up later than we have been on this trip and had a very leisurely breakfast on the terrace looking at the stunning view. Breakfast, like everything else at Bellevue Syrene was excellent.We then spent the morning wandering around the town of Sorrento. First stop was to find a laundromat, which was successful. This was followed by taking the hotel's private lift down to the "beach" which was actually floating pontoons with sunbeds! We wandered along the short until we finally hit the marina where we made enquiries about travelling to Capri later in the week.We returned to Bellevue Syrene for a delicious club sandwich at La Pergola. The restaurant was set up much more casually for lunch than it had been last night, but the views ... read more
G at the Greek Gate to Marine Grande
Marina Grande
Stuffed Pumpkin Flowers at Foreigner's Club Sorren

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 19th 2014

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757Today we left Rome and caught a taxi to the station to board our train to Naples. We were heading for Sorrento, the last stop on our amazing holiday, before coming back to Rome next week for our flight home.The train was excellent and very fast and we were met at Naples station by Luciano of Rainbow Limos. I had read about Rainbow Limos on TripAdvisor and we were so glad we booked with them. It is a family owned and run company and they all take their jobs very seriously. Luciano was the future son in law of the family. Here is my review of Rainbow Limos: His car, a Mercedes, was immaculate and there were lollies and cold water. He drove us to Pompeii, pointed out sights alo... read more
View of the Sorrentine Peninsula
Reception at Bellevue Syrene

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 18th 2014

Geo: 41.8955, 12.4823Today we got up early and went inside the Pantheon as soon as it opened to have a good look at this amazing building before the crowds arrived.After that we had breakfast and then caught a taxi to Galleria Borghese for our prebooked visit to the Gallery. We enjoyed our visit but I felt the gallery was fairly overrated compared to other we had seen and there was lots of hassle with security checks and so on. I couldn't even keep by handbag with me, it had to be checked it as well. I was aware of this but it was a nuisance all the same.After we had finished with the gallery we hired a dual bicycle and rode around the Borghese gardens. This was great fun. There was some sort of marathon going ... read more
The Last Supper by Jacopo Bassano in Galleria Borg
Dual Bike in the Borghese Gardens
Pumpkin Flowers & Prosciutto Starter at Ad Hoc

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 17th 2014

Geo: 41.8955, 12.4823 Today was the day we had organised the Early Entry Express Sistine Tour. I had always wanted to see the Sistine Chapel and having seen photos of how crowded it gets, we decided to spend the extra money on this tour. It was one of the best decisions of our trip.We grabbed a taxi shortly after 7.00am as we had to meet in a street opposite the Vatican my 7.30. Initially there was a lot of confusion, as there were lots of people milling around in the dark. We were surprised, and slightly concerned, as the tour we had booked was apparently the only early entry tour available and limited to only 40 people. There were many more than 40 people waiting. Eventually we found our guide and went to line up. Sure ... read more
Dome of St. Peters
Map of Venice in Vatican Map Room
Piazza San Pietro

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 16th 2014

Geo: 41.8955, 12.4823 Another early start and unfortunately not feeling too good with my cold. We decided to catch a cab to the Arch of Constantine rather than walk. We were to meet Agnes, from Understanding Rome, for our private tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, including the Undergroud and Third Tier which Agnes had booked for us. The tour was totally brilliant. G loves Roman history and knew lots about it, but I had very little idea. Agnes simply brought the whole thing to life. She managed to describe everything so well that we could see it in our mind's eye. Particularly the Roman Forum, instead of seeing ruins her excellent descriptions had us seeing palaces, houses and temples. She had so much knowledge of history, and all the li... read more
Colosseum Underground
Inside the Colosseum
View of Forum from Colosseum

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 15th 2014

Geo: 41.8955, 12.4823 Our first day in Rome and unfortunately I woke up feeling like I was coming down with a cold. It was also very warm for lateish Autumn, around 30 degrees, which wasn't the most comfortable, especially not feeling very well. This actually made me think that I didn't much like Rome, but by the end of our stay I had turned around. We did a massive walk for most of the day, visited Campo dei Fiori, which had a market to browse and Piazza Navona with its beautiful fountains. We also had a look at the cats in Largo di Torro Argentina, as well as the ruins that they are uncovering there. Amazing to think that this was where Caesar was killed. PHOTO... read more
Largo di Torre Argentina
Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument
View of Colosseum and Roman Forum from Monument

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 14th 2014

Geo: 41.8955, 12.4823Today was our third and last day with our driver and guide, Ale Cammilli. Originally we were going to travel to Rome by train, but in the end decided to use Ale for a transfer so that we could see a little more of Tuscany and some other towns we were interested in along the way. Our first stop was in the town of Montepulciano for wine, pecorino and salami tasting in a Montepulciano winery. A gorgeous town and delicious wine. We then drove through Pienza, where we stopped for a stroll around the town before heading to Montalcino. Ale was already aware of Gs interest in castles and I had told him that I was interested in tasting the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine. Ale had arranged another amazing surprise for us &# ... read more
View of Tuscan Countryside from Montepulciano
A Shop Selling Pecorino in Pienza
Duomo di Orvieto

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence October 13th 2014

Geo: 43.7687, 11.2569 Today was our last day in Florence before transferring to Rome. We decided to visit the Mercato Centrale, where we found the most amazing French pastries for morning tea. We also had a wander through the San Lorenzo market and purchased some trinkets. Our next stop was a visit to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, a really lovely Renaissance palace. We stopped for lunch in the Piazza del Duomo, so that we could eat with a last look at the amazing cathedral. I had a delicious Penne with Lemon, Salmon and Courgettes and G had Crab Risotto. The afternoon was spent wandering around, picking up our last load ... read more
Delicious French Pastries and Cakes
A Statue in Palazzo Medici Riccardi
View of Duomo from our Lunch Spot

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