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My Italian Bucket List

I have been very lucky in my travels to Italy. I did a lot of work there and got to see a lot of the country and have lived both in the north and now in the south. I love everything about Italy. In so many ways it has figured out how to live happily. It is no wonder so many people want to go there. There is so much to see.

I have enjoyed its big cities:

  • Milan
  • Verona
  • Venice
  • Bologna
  • Florence
  • Rome
  • Naples

I have also enjoyed its diverse areas:

  • The lakes in the north
  • Tuscany
  • The Adriatic Coast
  • The Tyrrhenian Coast
  • The Amalfi Coast

There are still some places I want to see so this is my current Bucket List:

  • Cinque Terra (north) – These five small towns were once very remote and unseen by most tourists. Then the train came and brought many tourists to this region. There is a walking path connecting each of the five villages. You can also take a boat, Life here is simple and enjoyable.
  • Portofino (north) – This Italian fishing community and high-end vacation resort is famous the world over. The cove here is very picturesque. When I think of Portofino I can hear Andrea Bocelli singing here.
  • Lucca (Central) – A city in tuscany near the sea. It is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls.
  • The Tulli Homes of Alberobello (south) – These unique homes are round with pointy roofs. This is a very unique architecture that is strongly enforced in this city.

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  • Matera – Italy’s cave town (south) – Originated in the Paleolithic Period. The cave dwellings here were once slums and have been transformed into luxury housing and rentals. This is one of the most un pique cities in Italy and maybe the world.
  • Sicily (south) – This unique island has so much to offer. From the volcano to its magnificent towns to its Greek ruins. Sicily is easily reached by ferry, train or car. All three methods of travel cross to the island on the ferry.

What is your bucket list for Italy?

George

 

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Italian Train to Sicily

If you are in Italy and want to go to Sicily you have three choices:

  1. Airplane – The fastest but expensive.
  2. Drive – This allows you to experience the beautiful countryside. At Messina, Italy you drive onto a ferry which takes you the short distance to Sicily.
  3. Train – The train allows you to enjoy the countryside without driving. The train ends up in Messina where it is loaded onto the same ferry as #2 above. At the ferry docks in Sicily and train is removed and continues it journey in Sicily.

Sicily is an Island that almost touches Italy at Messina. It is also very close to the African coastline. Many Italian-Americans are from Sicily so this is a popular destination with American tourists. You can fly into Rome or Naples and train it to Sicily. You might want to stop along the way at the many beautiful villages you will pass through. Spend some time maybe a night and reboard the train to Sicily.

The BLOG “The Train to Sicily: Ferry From Messina to Sicily” has excellent suggestions and pictures. Enjoy!

George & Jo Anne

 

Categories: Driving in Italy, Europe, Ferries, Italy, Naples, Rome, Sicily, Small Towns, Southern Italy, Trains | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Adventure by Train!

Italy has a great train system. Major cities and points outside Italy are connected by high-speed efficient trains. Most small towns and areas are connected by a local train. Local trains can be crowded and slow. They also make a lot of stops but they will get you to your destination. Traveling south from Naples to Sicily is an adventure worth the experience. The train travels south through Campagna along the beaches. You have a great view of the water most of the way. Remember that Sicily is an Island and you are on a train. How will you make the trek? The train actually drives onto a boat (long barge). The trip across to Sicily is only about half an hour. You can remain on the train or get off and take in the views. Once docked at Sicily, the train drives off the boat and continues its journey in Sicily.

You can go almost anywhere in Europe by train. If it takes an overnight trip, get a sleeper car. It is a comfortable and scenic way to travel in Europe. in the morning someone will be near your door with a cup of espresso.

George & Jo Anne

 

Categories: Campania, Europe, General Travel, Italy, Naples, Sicily, Trains | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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