Road to southern Italy

Travelling to south, enjoying the sea, good food and wonderful friends could be a perfect summary of my vacation in Cilento. I spent a week in this geographic area located in Campania, one of the regions of Italy. It is the demonstration that it is not necessary, for us Italians, to go abroad to look for environments similar to the Maldive’s or Greece’s ones. Despite the fact that the sea was very rough the first two days, It turned better and better and the result was that I didn’t want to get out of the water once I got in. The water is so clear there, that you can easily see from outside everything that there is in the water.

Some beaches: 

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Beach in Santa Maria di Castellabate (I)
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Beach in Santa Maria di Castellabate (II)
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Beach in Palinuro

 

We went to many beaches from Castellabate to Palinuro, but the one that I liked most was the little bay called “Baia del buon dormire” and Ita has been elected the best beach in Italy on the last year. It is located in Palinuro, which is an area characterized by amazing unpolluted sea, and it can be reached only by boat. So, to get there we needed to rent a boat and make a tour of the are by water. First of all, we navigated all around the coast, near to the amazing rocks that make up it, at the same time fascinating and terrifying due to their dimensions. Secondly, we reached the bay and spent half an hour there. I don’t think I have ever seen such a wonderful place like that during my life. I don’t want to exaggerate but I am pretty sure that navigating near the costs of Palinuro and reaching that amazing bay was one of the best experiences in my life.

Palinuro Coast:

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Scary face naturally created on the rock
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Palinuro Coast
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Baia del buon dormire

 

Once we came back from the bay, we visited a marina cave that is famous for the colour of its water. Due to some natural light effects, the colour of the water is a shocking light blue that don’t even looks natural, but in reality it is.

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Blue Cave

 

The second best moment was the visit to the Amalfi coast. This little treasure is very similar to Capri where I have been last year. There are a lot of white buildings, the number of tourist is very large and the streets are full of restaurants proposing to you their traditional dishes.

If you are not used to stairs, this is not the best city to visit. Indeed, this city is very ancient, built on the rocks of a mountain and the space is limited, so you need to climb many stairs  to move from a place to an other.

Amalfi Coast:

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Amalfi Coast
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Amalfi Cathedral
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View of the square from Amalfi Cathedral
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Amalfi Beach
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Alleys in Amalfi
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Buildings in Amalfi

 

At the end of the vacation I went to Naples. This was not a planned stop, but I had enough time to decide to spend it visiting a bit this city before coming to Milan. If I have to be honest, I didn’t like it very well. I’m a bit disappointed because I expected much from a city like Naples. The city is very chaotic and it is now well managed. The streets are dirty and building looks like they are going to collapse at any moment. Except from the main tourist attractions, which are well maintained, I did not liked the city at all and I don’t think I will come back shortly.

Naples: 

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Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples
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Stairs inside the Royal Palace of Naples

 

 

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