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Old 02-10-2008, 05:28 AM   #1
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Hello people.
Im heading to Sicily and Southern Italy in June for 1st backpacking adventure.
Id love to hear from anyone who has already trod this path and would love to hear your thoughts on spending time here. This looks like a great forum.
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Although I haven't been to Sicily, I did spend a week or so in southern Italy. The Amalfi coast is simply amazing...I highly recommend checking it out. Pick your method to see it -- bicycle, moped, motorcycle, car, whatever. Of course, you'll have more photo opportunities to pull off and take great shots if you go with two wheels over four.

And of course, southern Italy is where Pompeii and Herculanaeum are, some of the finer ruined cities in the world. I highy recommend staying in Sorrento rather than the urban chaos of Naples. You can get to Pompeii and Herculanaeum from Sorrento via the local Circumvesuvia train line.

Another great thing to see are the temples as Paestum. There are three Greek temples there (southern Italy in ancient times was known as Magna Graecia for its Greek influence). One of them is the most complete Greek temple in the world.

The hilltop towns of southern Italy are scenic, too. There's a lot of other stuff there that I didn't have time to see, so I recommend getting a good guidebook and reading up on stuff, so you don't miss anything that you'd really have liked to see.

Feel free to ask any other questions...

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Thanks Mike, that post came in handy.

I spent half an hour writing a proposal today, emailed it in and 5 minutes later my Dean mailed me back saying that the college will probably give me 450 dollars towards a 4-day trip to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius, Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi at the end of March...so in a month I should be able to tell you a bit more! :D
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