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12. Italy

Thriving on chaos...sort of.

We got off the ferry from Greece at Bari on the Adriatic and headed straight for Naples and Sorrento on the opposite coast. Whilst Sorrento was impressive, the garbage strewn around the place, particulalry Naples, was a big surprise. Neither of us really enjoyed Rome - had a whif of Grecian decay about it and seemed to be relying on its archeological tourism and very little else to keep going. It was also grubby, hot and very crowded. The vatican was of little interest to either of us but we went anyway. I tried hard to photograph the ice cream slurping nuns deftly sidestepping a grotesquely disfigured cancer stricken beggar (one of a number in the vicinity) lying on the sidewalk just outside the vatican gates but was always foiled by others getting in the way.

Our Italian experience inmproved once we were North of Rome, and Tuscany was great. We particularly loved Lago Di Garda and the Italian Alps to the North were fantastic. The Stelvio pass on the bike sans Carol and baggage was a highlight, and the South Tyrol was dramatically beautiful.

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Posted by StevenCarol11 04:48 Archived in Italy

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