The Amalfi Coast and Capri, by boat. Thanks to Captain Enzo (photo)…

As most of you will know the Amalfi Coast is world famous for its amazing natural beauty (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amalfi_Coast) for details. Indeed it is lovely BUT from the narrow, windy and tricky coastal road, you cannot see the best parts cos you must concentrate on the tricky narrow road. For that you must take aContinue reading “The Amalfi Coast and Capri, by boat. Thanks to Captain Enzo (photo)…”

Sapri and Maratea, stunning places and roads!

The small coastal town of Sapri is in the southern most tip of the Campania region and historical Maratea (also on the coast) is in the Basilicata region only about15 kilometers away by road. The area is truly lovely and the people very kind and happy to meet visitors, luckily since the awful COVID lockdownsContinue reading “Sapri and Maratea, stunning places and roads!”

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!!”

Have a look at this lovely classic car…..

You may love or even hate the original Fiat 500, but you cannot deny that they form a large part of the European motoring heritage. When Italy came out of the Second World War, the first cheap and mass-produced contribution to get the Italians mobile again was possibly Piaggio with their little mopeds, and thenContinue reading “Have a look at this lovely classic car…..”

A truly wonderful gastronomic discovery, just off the motorway near Fidenza, km90…

I discovered this place by chance on my last trip to the UK. I was in the north of Italy and I needed some fuel so I left the motorway to search for a petrol station and I found one and filled up. I was also feeling hungry so I looked around for food andContinue reading “A truly wonderful gastronomic discovery, just off the motorway near Fidenza, km90…”

New plan! New motorcycle sales operation. Watch this space

Ok so now I am established in my new property in the Tramonti region of Italy, and Tramonti is very close to the motorway. So what now? I am in touch with the guys who own and run the excellent dealership Celestini in Civitavecchia and they are not only an excellent Yamaha and KTM dealer,Continue reading “New plan! New motorcycle sales operation. Watch this space”

Why you should never rent a scooter or a Quad when you are on holiday (unless you are a regular biker and you dress with at least jeans and gloves)…

I saw an article on the Independent web site recently discussing the dangers of renting when on holiday overseas, see here. The Guardian reported almost the same sad facts. The articles report that of course when you go on holiday your defences are down and you are vulnerable to accidents given that you do not knowContinue reading “Why you should never rent a scooter or a Quad when you are on holiday (unless you are a regular biker and you dress with at least jeans and gloves)…”

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”

Two new electric-assisted bicycles for Hotel Aurora

We just supplied two lovely bicycles to the Hotel Aurora Amalfi, for use by their staff and clients. The bikes are made by Torpado, an Italian manufacturer, and they are very robust and well made, and supplied and customised by our great friends in Roma Cicli Franchi. These E bikes have a large lithium ionContinue reading “Two new electric-assisted bicycles for Hotel Aurora”