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Published: August 19th 2013
Today is a public holiday in Italy, known as Ferro Agosto. It was very quiet on the streets of Rome as we left. Headed south on the A1, with the countryside drying out a little but still lots to see. Had lunch at a large rest stop as we didn't think we would find much open if we turned off the highway. As we got close to Naples we could see Mt Vesuvius in the distance. We actually went quite close to it as we skirted Naples and headed for the Amalfi Coast. The traffic was not too bad and the views were as spectacular as we remembered.
Followed the online directions for the parking for our accommodation and wound up at a parking place that was tucked into a niche in the hillside. There must have been about 30 cars sardined in and they told just to nose in and they would rearrange! They called the porter from "La Dolce Vita" to show us the way and help out because there are a lot of steps! They weren't wrong, it was hard work going down to the apartment. When we arrived they showed us into a double room and
when they realised that there was 5 of us it caused some problems! Vincenzo tried to call his wife to find out if she wanted to move us to the bigger room downstairs. Then they told us we could choose! We went with the big rooms downstairs as they both opened onto a huge balcony with a magnificent view over the coast. As we moved our stuff into the big room, Marie arrived and she was gorgeous. She said "I am supposed to be the manager here and I don't know who you are!" She did have our booking but only for 2. But it was all ok and they set a bed up for Raechel in our room and made up the other bed. They bought us up some cold beers, soft drinks and a watermelon. They were lovely.
They told us where the beach was and gave us a suggestion for dinner. We went down the 274 steps to the beautiful little beach and decided to eat before we swam. We went to Ferdinando's and had a lovely dinner right on the beach. They were very friendly and loved the fact we were from Australia and that
I still had my tattoo on from the games. Raechel, mum and I had a moonlit swim, the water was lovely and then we climbed the 274 steps back up to our room. It might nearly kill me walking up and down these steps!
Everyone showered and we sat out on our balcony till midnight when we were treated to one of the most amazing fireworks displays I have ever seen. They were set off from barges on the water and the noise echoed off the hills. There were hundreds of little boats on the water, it really was a sight to see and a spectacular way to end the night.
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