The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #112280   Message #4005919
Posted By: Steve Shaw
26-Aug-19 - 12:39 PM
Thread Name: Any Mudcatters in ITALY?
Subject: RE: Any Mudcatters in ITALY?
We spent a week in Lecce in June 2016 (the week we were ignominiously knocked out of the European Championships AND the week that seventeen million idiots voted leave). We found it to be a quiet and elegant place with great eateries and kind people, and we wouldn't have missed the evenings' passeggiata for the world. Grand! I hate to say it (especially in Jack's presence), but you won't see much of Puglia unless you have a car or pay expensively for transport.

Naples is a mad place with fantastic pizzas where you'll need to strap your wallet to your body. The archeological museum is the most higgledy-piggledy amazing place. Go to the duomo and see the grisly sight of St Gennaro's bones sticking out of the top of an urn. Get the Metropolitano to Pozzuoli, walk up the hill through the town and walk into the Solfatara crater. Sinister. Take the ultra-cheap Circumvesuviana railway (you'll have to endure the beggars) and in muchly under an hour you can visit Pompei, Ercolano (Herculaneum) and Vesuvius. There are two amazing Roman villa at Stabiae that hardly anyone seems to know about. Sorrento is nice but far too busy, at the for end of the Circumvesuviana, about 80 minutes from Napoli. Very good gelati. The world began in the Bay Of Naples. Capri is crazily busy and it should have a capital called Ripoffsville but if you go on a small open boat on a warm summer's day the voyage is unforgettable.