Category: Italy

Rapallo, The Italian Riviera

The lovely wide seafront promenade is shaded with palm trees and lined with very attractive and elegant buildings, hotels and plenty of restaurants and shops which were full of life when we visited

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Desenzano, Lake Garda

Although quaint and charming Desenzano wasn’t as lovely as Sirmione.    Nevertheless, shops were interesting and we enjoyed walking through the city streets.

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Camogli, The Italian Riviera

Camogli is a small fishing village and tourist resort located on the west side of the peninsula of Portofino, on the Golfo Paradiso at the Riviera di Levante in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera.

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Sestri Levante, Italy

Sestri Levante is a small town on the Ligurian coast with quite a large sandy beach divided up into lots of private beaches which only the Italians seem to do.  You can, however, walk along the water’s edge.

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Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento is a famous holiday resort and was really busy but also very beautiful.  It is a small city with a pretty old town positioned high above the sea on one of the most spectacular points of the Campanian coast. 

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Pompeii, Italy

Visiting Ancient Pompei is a fascinating experience and so much better than we had expected. The whole place is a lot bigger than it looks from the outside too.  I knew nothing of Pompei and Vesuvius before we visited the ruins but I do regret that I didn’t at least do a bit of research on the internet or look through some guidebooks first.

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Villa D’Este, Tivoli

Villa D’Este is located in the small hillside town of Tivoli about an hour from Rome. The gardens are a must if you are in Rome as they are one of those special places that’s worth the effort to make time for.

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Verona, Italy

Verona is a very beautiful city and a treasure trove of Roman ruins, medieval vestiges, historical monuments, antique palaces, and churches that we viewed by simply walking along the streets.  It’s packed with so many interesting buildings and squares and claims to have more Roman ruins than any Italian city other than Rome.

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Maderno and Bardolino, Lake Garda, Italy

The town of Maderno is very small & quiet with not much in the way of shops just a couple of bars and restaurants on the lakefront.  Nevertheless, the marina is very pretty. There is a ferry that leaves regularly from Maderno to the other side of the Lake.

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Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy

Sirmione is beautiful with its narrow cobbled streets, its 13th-century castle and the ruined Roman villa – The Grotte di Catullo.  The early Venetian explorers called it a grotto as they thought they had discovered caves but in fact, it turns out they are the ruins of a villa which is the most important Roman site in Northern Italy.

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