I’ve spent the last two weeks travelling and enjoying the Italian sunshine. As I do with a lot of my posts that are longer ones I’m going to do this in two parts, just to make it easier to read!
I went with a group of girls that I met at uni this year; they are either part of Equestrian and Polo or friends of people in the club. We flew out to Rome and spent a few days there first. I have been to Rome before but I loved it then and it did not disappoint a second time! We had two full days in Rome and we visited the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, the Vatican, the Trevi fountain and the Pantheon. They are all beautiful and impressive monuments, but my favourite part of being in Rome is walking round the stunning city in the evening. We went for dinner in Trastevere and there is just such a wonderful atmosphere!!
After Rome we travelled south to a village called Trecase, which is between Naples and Sorrento. There is a metro which runs between the two and also stops at the smaller villages including Trecase and Pompeii. The first day we spent on the beach just relaxing and it was so lovely to go swimming in the sea (partly just to cool down!).
Whilst in the area we also spent a day in looking around the ruins of Pompeii and walked up Mt. Vesuvius (only the top bit we got a bus to the top car park). Pompeii was so interesting and far bigger than I realised it would be. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a volcano, it’s the first one I’ve walked up. Mt. Vesuvius is an active volcano but has not erupted for quite a while, so it basically looks like a mountain with a crater at the top! The views from the top were stunning, but beware if you go that it costs 10 euros to get to the summit.
On the final day in Trecase we visited Sorrento, which was definitely one of my favourite days of the trip! I have always wanted to see the Amalfi coast and it’s truly very beautiful and we spent the day wondering through the little streets and looking in the cute little shops. AND we had the best ice cream!!
After this we travelled to Bari, which is one the opposite coastline and the capital of the Puglia region. And I will tell you all about that in the next post!