Cycling South Italy

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I spent two months cycling around the south of Italy enjoying (in this order) the food, meeting up with my Erasmus friends, the food, the company of the long-distance-French-touring-cyclist called Virgile, the cycling and the food. I wouldn’t have minded a few less prowling men, but to be fair, the food made up for it. Or had I mentioned the food already…?

The black line was the plan, the red line is what I ended up doing
The black line was the plan, the red line is what I ended up doing (plus down to Lecce and up to Bari at the end, which I have missed off!)
South east coast of Italy
The landscape in the Province of Salerno, the south east coast of Italy
South east coast of Italy
A rather impressive rock formation near Salerno
Getting the bike washed in a car wash
Getting the bike washed in a car wash. You got to love being lazy every now and again.

NAPLES

Street in Naples
A typical street in Naples
Naples mask
Naples mask (as used in Commedia dell’Arte A-level theatre studies team!)

EASTER BREAK AROUND SALERNO

Castiglione, my Easter break
Castiglione, my Easter break (a break was very much required. Castiglione is 600m above sea level. 10km of the climb averages at 15%)
Pompeii
Visiting Pompeii on Easter day (when else eh?)
Easter day in Pompeii with Marcela, Elisa, Andrea, me, Steffi and Francesca
Easter day in Pompeii with Marcela, Elisa, Andrea, me, Steffi and Francesca
Paestum with the Erasmus team
Paestum with the Erasmus team, Francesca, me, Steffi and Pascal
Paestum
Paestum Greek temples
Vietri ceramics
Vietri ceramics
Amalfi
Amalfi

CONTINUING THE ROAD SOUTH

Nils, the Swiss-German cyclist coming the other way, from whom I gleaned much information about travelling east
Wild camping near Camerota
Wild camping near Camerota
Virgile, who I cycled with for three weeks down Italy and around Sicily
Virgile, who I cycled with for three weeks down the east coast of Italy and around Sicily.
Alice, Salvatore and Virgile (and the cat)
Alice, Salvatore (a Warm Showers host) and Virgile (and the cat)

SICILY WITH VIRGILE

Wild camping in Sicily with Virgile
Wild camping in Sicily with Virgile
Catania and Mount Etna
Catania and Mount Etna
The classic jumping picture in the ancient temples of the Greek gods.
The classic jumping picture near the ancient temples of the Greek gods, Agrigento
Sometimes in rains. And I don't like to get wet.
Sometimes it rains. And I don’t like to get wet.
Virgile and I in Erice
Virgile and I in Erice
The traditional puppets of Palermo
The traditional puppets of Palermo

BACK TO MAINLAND ITALY

Staying with Cyril and Simon in Matera
Staying with Cyril and Simon in Matera
The caves of Matera
The caves of Matera
Staying in the changing rooms of a sports ground in Grassano (home of Carlo Levi for no less than forty days, Grassano's claim to fame)
Staying in the changing rooms of a sports ground in Grassano (home of Carlo Levi for no less than forty days, Grassano’s claim to fame)
Cycling with Simon and Cyril
Cycling with Simon and Cyril
Ostuni where I stayed with a female Warm Showers. Yes women cyclists!
Ostuni where I stayed with a female Warm Showers. Yes female cyclists!
The ferry from Bari to Croatia. Farewell Italy!
The ferry from Bari to Croatia. Farewell Italy!
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3 thoughts on “Cycling South Italy

  • Crosbie 26th May 2016 at 11:45 am Reply

    Brilliant Al! Great blog with excellent pics, but a few more of your well crafted words needed. Be brave, you write well. And don’t forget to mention the food or did you already?!

    • cyclingsomewhere 27th May 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Oh Crosbie. I know, but it’s so exposing to put your words online! I will try harder next time. Look out for the “Balkans” edition.

  • claire 28th May 2016 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Love it Al! makes me very happy to see where you are and hear about the food!!

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