We managed the Amalfi coast in one day... ALIVE!! Stopping for the occasional photo was beautiful but peak tourist season did not encourage us to stop for a swim. Perhaps not noticed with other transport, the amount and smell of rubbish/urine was almost overwhelming even with the amazing views at every corner. Safety = easy...narrow road = yes... but not as narrow as the Stuart Hwy feels when a road-train is overtaking!
We enjoyed a great lunch of the freshest cheese we will ever experience...Buffalo mozzarella!
Despite the traffic and the disrepair of the roads (especially that little strip right on the edge!!) we arrived safely at our campsite. Swimming pool and bathroom were very welcome - came with hot water AND toilet paper!!. We did the majority of sites in the late afternoon and evening for the best lit up conditions. Our particular favourites were the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. We also visited the Spanish Steps, lots of palaces and some cool old stuff we couldn't figure out the name of.. We were quite impressed with the random church that had painted its walls to look like marble - great from a distance!! but don't look too closely.
Today was the Vatican museum with Sistine chapel, St Peters Basilica and inside the Pantheon. Paying extra to jump the queue of the Vatican was well worth it but considering it was the biggest museum we'd ever walked through, we were exhausted... Our favourite room was the geographical Cartology room with paintings of Italian regions and an incredibly intricate painted ceiling. Speaking of ceilings... The Sistine Chapel was not the best we saw - sorry Michaelangelo! Obviously it's a matter of taste but we were not even close to being arrested by the camera police!
Moving on we made sure we conformed to the dress code for St Peters but Tim was told that his head was unacceptable - we soon realised it was his hat not his head but 'off with it' while pointing to his head did leave us dumbfounded for a second. St Peters was genuinely spectacular! Not surprisingly, it was the most extravagant of the churches we have visited....ever - a tremendous amount of marble and stone! Have we mentioned Tim likes rocks?
The Pantheon was also a pleasant surprise... We were exhausted after the Vatican and St Peters but we went back (during opening hours). Great piece of architecture!
|Painted red marble!|