Anfiteatro, Capua

July 15, 2010 § 3 Comments

Entrance of the Amphitheater of Capua. May 7, 2010.

While we were on the train, leaving Roma for Napoli, my sister read from the travel guide that Capua is quite accessable from Napoli. She is a fan of the TV show “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”. Therefore, we decided to head over there after getting off at Napoli’s train stating and visiting the National Archaeological Museum.

We weren’t sure where exactly it was, so we decided to simply get off the train at Capua. (Now that I think of it, it was a brave act of not knowing where exactly the place is located, and thought we could rely on asking the local who barely speak English) Outside the station, it’s a residential town……and we knew something was not right. We talked to the staff at the station with a few Italian phrases I learned from the internet and hand gesture. We then got the direction to walk into the town where we got lost again.

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Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre (part 5) + after math

June 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

In Monterosso looking east, seeing a bit of every town we just visited. May 13, 2010

We were cold and tired by the time we arrived Monterosso, but since this is the last town of Cinque Terre. There’s no way we sould miss it as we visited the rest through the storm already. Getting off the train, we were not expecting much. We thought it would be just like the other towns with colorful buildings along the coast. Instead, we were greeted by a long strech of sandy beach.

I believe this town has its share of buildings cluttered at the east and west end of the beach with the train station in the middle. We walked along the board walk next to the beach. It was quite relaxing, if you weren’t that tired by all the walking and the cold. We walked to the west end, but honestly I didn’t find it that exciting. I didn’t see any buildings stacking on top of each others on the cliffs like Manarola. It actually felt like a regular beach town. It didn’t offer the charming quality all other towns have. We were quite disapponted by Monterosso, so we didn’t bother to walk up to the east end. I really wondered what makes it included in the Cinque Terre area… maybe just because “Cinque Terre” sounds better than “Quatro Terre”? « Read the rest of this entry »

Vernazza, Cinque Terre (part 4)

June 23, 2010 § 3 Comments

The pretty town of Vernazza. May 13, 2010.

The storm was bad while we were waiting at the Corniglia train station. Before the train arrived, the rain stopped, so we decided to follow our plan and check out Vernazza, and I’m glad we didn’t miss this lovely town out. I think I enjoy Vernazza more then the other villages in the area. It has more stores, a bigger piazza where we get to appreciate the vernazza while we were inside the village, instead of looking at it from far.

When I got off the train, I noticed most of the stores had their lights off…… Right, they were having a black out because of the storm. I guess that might be a common issue for these old villages (I wondered if the gelateria would give out discount as their gelato were melting without electricity…). We didn’t go in any stores expect getting a post card, then we head to the piazza that’s right by the water. The piazza was quite spacious and it had a great view all around. You could see the colourful buildings on the back, a small white church on the right, a cliff on the the left and the undisturbed sea view in front of you. « Read the rest of this entry »

Corniglia, Cinque Terre (part 3)

June 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

a hillside view from Corniglia. May 13, 2010

Since the blue trail was closed, we had to take the train in order to move from town to town. It was only a few mintues before we reached Corniglia, it was the only town that’s not touching the ocean. It was also only a few minutes before the rain came, after we got off the train.

The rain wasn’t heavy, so with our umbrellas we walked out of the station. There were one road that went up on the right, and the other one seems to go straight. We took the one that went up, as we thought the other one would be a dead end for the train station. Turned out, the right one went up to Corniglia through the road for the cars, and the other one was the one that went through the long staircase. « Read the rest of this entry »

Manarola, Cinque Terre (part 2)

June 18, 2010 § 2 Comments

The beautiful sight of Manarola. May 13, 2010.

How can you not love this sight? I just love it the first moment I saw all these houses clinging to the side of the hill. One on top of the other, like the most amazing and the biggest collage I’ve ever seen in my life. Patches and patches of color just comes together to color the slope and create this beautiful sight.

We saw people kept heading to the trail, so we thought maybe the trail to Corniglia was still opened or there was a way to get there on foot. So we hurried and followed the crowd. Turned out the path was locked. So we headed back to the town and found a restaurant to have lunch. « Read the rest of this entry »

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre (part 1)

June 17, 2010 § 2 Comments

Not long after we went on Via dell Amore. May 13, 2010.

We only had one day to explore the Cinque Terre area, and of course the weather was bad. The weather channel says “Likely T-storm; Precipitation at 30%”, but we had no choice but to go as we planned. Then the worst news came: All the trails were closed off except the Via dell Amore 😦

We took the train from La Spezia to Riomaggiore. Make sure you check the train schedule first. Even though it only took 7mins to get to Riomaggiore, the train isn’t scheduled that frequently (I think one per hour in certain time period). We actually waited quite awhile at the station. « Read the rest of this entry »

Palazzo Ducale, Venezia

June 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

[The Doge’s Palace, Venice]

Palazzo Ducale in the rain. May 15, 2010.

We showed up at the Palazzo Ducale at 10:30am, waiting for the only English “Secret itineraries guided tour” of the day. This is a guided tour that I highly recommended, even if it means you have to miss the hour when the Basilica di San Marco is lit up inside. The main reason is that, it takes you to so many corners inside the palazzo where is inaccessible for the regular visitors. I made the reservation online without any hassle.

Our guide took us up into a tiny office which belong to the Chancellor. This is one of the most important room in the palazzo, where the Chancellor worked on all the secret document of the state. It was lovely to see the original furniture upclose. We were standing right next to the desk and the chair. Then we moved to a few bigger offices where they archieve all the documents. I was surprised to hear that Venice has the world’s 3rd largest collection of document of antiquity, after Vatican and Vienna. « Read the rest of this entry »

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