Italy’s best kept secret: the Basilicata region

I recently visited the south of the Campania region of Italy (Naples is the Capital), we stayed in Sapri and then I rode by motorbike to visit lovely Maratea which is only 20km south but in the region of Basilicata. The older name of Basilicata is Lucania and its Capital city is Potenza. This isContinue reading “Italy’s best kept secret: the Basilicata region”

We did it, France again and WHAT a fast, fun trip..

I love France, ever since I visited many times with my parents and sisters as a kid, our dream holiday was our annual 2 week stay at “Camping Le Soleil” in Argeles sul Mer close to the French/Spanish border. We would drive down in our trusty old Land Rover 109 (with tent on board andContinue reading “We did it, France again and WHAT a fast, fun trip..”

Stunning Valencia WHAT a lovely city….

Following two years of no travel I could not wait to visit lovely Spain again. Back in 2019 we visited Spain three times and I started to love Spain and the Spanish way of life. So after two quick trips recently to the UK we booked ourselves ten days in Valencia, the third city ofContinue reading “Stunning Valencia WHAT a lovely city….”

Piombino in Tuscany, what a discovery..

Like many, my only knowledge of the north Italian coastal city of Piombino was as a port from where to take a ferry to the lovely island of Elba. Indeed several years ago with a group of motorcycle friends we had ridden to the port and waited for the ferry, without even a glance atContinue reading “Piombino in Tuscany, what a discovery..”

Polignano a Mare, Puglia (southern Italy). What a beautiful town and surrounding area…

Recently I stayed 16 days down in Puglia, on the east coast of the south of Italy, in the area of Bari. From Amalfi this was only a 300 km drive. Bari is a very large city with a huge port so not really a tourist attraction but the surrounding area is stunning and fullContinue reading “Polignano a Mare, Puglia (southern Italy). What a beautiful town and surrounding area…”

Fiorenzuola d’Arda, a lovely town and Hotel Mathis is truly wonderful!!

I have been visiting this small town for two years since my son moved there to play basketball for the local team, they were in the Italian C league seeking promotion. He has played in B for several years and Fiorenzuola were building a team to get back up into B. Having gained promotion intoContinue reading “Fiorenzuola d’Arda, a lovely town and Hotel Mathis is truly wonderful!!”

Finally the old girl stretches her legs..and goodness she goes well!

I purchased the Audi S4 Avant just prior to the dreaded lockdown early last year. So although a year has passed I have been able to drive her very little indeed. Well, finally last week we managed to get 3 days off and so I prepared the S4 (checked the tyre pressures and fluids, allContinue reading “Finally the old girl stretches her legs..and goodness she goes well!”

Some new ideas for Amalfi visitors

So how about an Amalfi Mozzarella Day? Wine Day? Amalfi History Day? Limoncello Day? Bread and Biscuit Day. Italian Beer Day? Cooking Day? Pottery Day? And so on. With Daniela who runs the Hotel Aurora in Amalfi we often chat about what her customers really enjoy. The vast majority (about 85%) of her clients areContinue reading “Some new ideas for Amalfi visitors”

Tramonti, an amazingly well-hidden jewel

Tramonti is only about 12km from Amalfi and it is on the mountain road connecting Amalfi to the motorway at Angri, so over recent years I have driven past Tramonti many times. My only visits have been with friends to an excellent local pizzeria. Well, recently we have had a much closer look and exploration. IContinue reading “Tramonti, an amazingly well-hidden jewel”