The last time I was in Italy I was working on a television special for the Travel Channel, “Samantha Brown’s First Cruise” in 2004. The cruise set sail from Barcelona, Spain and made stops along the way in Nice, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, Dubrovnik and Corfu. All beautiful places to behold. Yet the thing that I remember most were the people that I worked with, especially the very wonderful Brian Miller of Wide Angle TV, aka THE best camera man ever and the very funny, charming and oh so professional Samantha Brown. The rest of the crew wasn’t bad either. It was on this trip that Brian introduced me to the “happy snap”
which he’s taking, the Briny-Boo (Kettle One, tonic and lemon, never lime) and that you can believe Brian when he says he doesn’t need a tripod. Because Mr. Miller is a human tripod as he illustrated when he made an incredible sweeping pan over the square of Florence and landing perfectly on Samantha as she delivered her line. Bravo Mr. Miller!
We went to Naples where we had just enough time to walk in the Spanish quarter, see a few tripe shops, nosh on a genuine sfogliatelle and of course “mange” on pizza…,and returned to the ship.
Our visit to Venice was filled with stunning sites.And my thought as we buzzed along on this fast paced trip is, “Can’t we stay just a bit longer? Just once to linger over the beauty that was before us?” Experience is our best advisor, so I have ingested that into my system.
So for OUR trip to Italy Nahid and I want a bit more time to explore and bask in the beauty of Rome. To that end Nahid found an incredible apartment on Airbnb that’s in Trastevere just outside the hustle and bustle of Rome and from the Streetwise map of Rome a walk to the Colosseum. We will update when we are in Rome.
Naples is shaping up. We’ll train down from Rome and stay in Hotel Il Convento. It’s a good place to explore Naples proper and then to jump on the train to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum. After that we can pick up a car and head to Positano.
Nahid and I were confused as to where to go next. I remember reading an article about the “Spur” of Italy in the NYT. After a bit of research we decided to visit a place neither one of us had been to. So after the Amalfi Coast we are headed due eat and over quite a few mountains to Gargano Promontory, that is in Puglia. The two towns are Vieste and Peschici. We can’t wait to go.