Day 14-15 Rome & Naples
Luke & Louise gave themselves and the kids a break from the busy city. The children happily went off to kids club while Luke & Louise set off to visit a working olive farm & winery in the nearby country side. Run by the Vittori family the organic farm produces their own Merlot and extra virgin olive oil as well table olives. In typical Italian style they gave us a very brief explanation of the processes involved before laying out a spread of home made Bruscetta, Penne and wine.
We all assumed they were killed by hot ash and larva but this was not the case. When the villagers saw the volcano was erupting they ran for what they thought was the safety of their underground cellars. It was invisible toxic gas that was the first thing to reach them and they were all overcome and died quickly.
Afer exploring the city for 2 hours the day had really heated up and the crowds had moved in so Luke, Louise, Elisabeth and the kids decided to head home while Chris, Simone & Marloejse headed off to the famous Amalfi Coast.
The road to the village of Amalfi was never built for huge buses and as a result negotiating the nearly 1200 tight curves is risky. Early on in the decent the coach became stuck on a very narrow bend. The impatient Italian drivers made a bad situation worse by overtaking the stranded bus and jamming the road further. After a 30 minute stalemate the huge line of traffic was forced to reverse up the windy road to allow the bus to negotiate the curve again.
Finally reaching the village they were able to soak up the local atmosphere with a fantastic lunch overlooking the deep blue waters of the coast.
There were lots of souvenirs to pass around at dinner that night. Simone had her usual collection of fridge magnets but she had also bought 5 interesting bottles of Lemonchella, the traditional Italian licquer. Unfortunately we didn’t get to sample any as she wants to take them all home intact. We’ll see!