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Paestum

Day 12 - Sunday 10th July 2016

sunny 32 °C

After planning our itinerary for the next five days based here at Sorrento, we decided today we'd drive south and visit Paestum and Salerno. Paestum is a preserved town full of Ancient Greek ruins, the Greeks inhabited that area at the time. We got our first taste of the crazy driving here and how long it takes to get anywhere, there is only one main way in and out of Sorrento, we took off and it was almost 2.5hrs until we got to Paestum with all the traffic.

Today was very hot and we hired some audio guides and walked through the ruins. Some of the structures had a lot of the columns still intact and we were told parts of the ruins dated back to 500 BC. We were able to walk around and into a lot of the structures, hard to believe the buildings date back so much.

Once done we sat down for lunch, it's been the trend lately with our sightseeing days that we don't eat lunch until like 2 or 3pm and have a late dinner. The plan after leaving Paestum was to stop into Salerno which is more of a port city here but as we left so late we decided to drive back towards home. We had our swimming gear with us and after being hot walking through the ruins we detoured off the road and tried to find somewhere to swim. This in itself is a difficult task around Sorrento as the towns are built atop high cliffs so to reach the water you need to walk down a lot of steps. The other problems are finding parking, and also that a lot of the swim spots are privately owned by the hotels that are above them. We found parking but couldn't find a beach, frustrated we headed back to the hotel. Unfortunately the roads led into the heart of Sorrento, and it was bedlam. People and cars and scooters everywhere, we couldn't get out fast enough. Pedestrians just walk anywhere - Vicky was driving and her side mirror hit a guy on the arm. It was his fault, he decided he'd walk on the road despite there being plenty of room on the footpath and he was swinging his arms. She had to swerve to avoid another car but he didn't look back or flinch.

We got back to the hotel and showered and headed to the restaurant for dinner. We enjoy the view and the food so much and it is so reasonably priced we are figuring there's no point going anywhere by car for dinner. The traffic and parking makes it difficult, here we can relax with nice food and admire the scenery. I decided on a plain spaghetti with pomodoro (tomato), but so yummy as the sauce is made with fresh tomatoes. It's nice here as they give us all a glass of Prosecco and a small dish of food, mostly little bruschetta every night for free, more reason to eat here. Once back in the room I was able to chill for a while, we don't have an early start tomorrow so a tiny little sleep in can happen.

Posted by Ace from Oz 13:45 Archived in Italy Tagged paestum

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