Festa Italiana staged in Manchesters Cathedral Gardens is a free weekend long festival that celebrates everything Italian, Food drink and culture
We have been to Naples a few times and we’ve always loved this city. Its got great places to stay, great food and drink, great trips out of the city and a history that is captivating and keeps you wanting more.
So you have always had a notion to visit the Italian Grand Prix. Perhaps you’ve seen it on the telly or may be you’ve attended other Grand Prix and you fancy trying somewhere new. We have now been three times and over the years have gained some experience that will hopefully make your visit more memorable.
Andiamo Amigos’s 8 helpful travel tips for making the most of your time when travelling. Chris & I have put together this list from experience and we hope that there’s something here for you.
So you’ve read some of our posts and you’ve decided you would like to visit Italy. In this guide we will give you some advice on how to get there and some travel options once you’re there.
What did we do with our weekend in Paris?
As you are probably aware, Paris is oozing with culture and history and loads of sights to see but here’s a selection of what we did with our weekend in the city.
Thinking of visiting the British Gran Prix at Silverstone? Her are twelve things you need to know before you go that will make your visit a fantastic experience.
We like to get out and about over the long weekend of a bank holiday and Whitby is one of our favourite places to go. You can’t really go wrong, if the sun is shinning Whitby has something for everyone.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Whitby for an afternoon why not try this short walk to the Pretty village of Ruswarp
The cinder track is a disused railway line that runs for twenty one miles between Scarborough and Whitby. The line it’s self was in use between 1885 and 1965. Its called the cinder track due to the cinders that where used as ballast to run the rails on.
Wycoller, with it’s ruined hall and ancient bridges, is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Believed to date back to the tenth century Wycoller was virtually abandoned as the weavers left to work in the nearby mills during the industrial revolution.
Two connected beauty spots in the Calder Valley both owned and managed by the National Trust offer up some fantastic possibilities for exploration. A wooded valley oasis in the heart of the Yorkshire moors.
Our summer 2020 holiday we found ourselves exploring Kemer, Turkey as travelling options were limited. It was was my first visit to Turkey as Chris has been to before but not to this area. I’d only ever transited through Istanbul airport so that doesn’t count.
How to get the best views of Kemer | Olympus Teleferik The Cable Car at Kemer Skydivers at Kemer Getting high – Olympus Teleferik –
Just down the coast from Kemer is this lovely coastal village of Olimpos and the ancient site of Olimpos Antik Kenti from Roman and Lycian times. We got there by hiring a car from Europcar in Kemer for the day at a cost of £30 for 24 hrs, total bargain.
Phaselis is about 16km down the coast from the resort of Kemer and its the most delightful area of archeological ruins with quirky little bays and the clearest water you can imagine
Hike the El Caminito del Rey which is a fantastic Andalusian walk taking through the history of these gorges and the workers who used them
The Roman ruins of Italica, with remarkable mosaics and an impressive amphitheatre, are located 9 kilometres to the north of the city of Seville, just outside the village of Santiponce.
As part of our Andalusian New Year adventure that would take us to Seville, Cadiz, El Chorro we also wanted to visit the city of Cordoba as its historical centre is listed as a world UNESCO heritage site and its got some fantastic buildings.
Our day trip to Cadiz was part of our New Years trip to Seville and as Cadiz was only a train ride away we decided to visit. Our trip to Cadiz was inspired by Rick Stein and his Long Weekends TV series.
Seville is the capital of the Andalusia area and seemed to offer all the thinsgs Chris and I love in an adventure. Food, culture, good local transport links and of course Seville is the setting for Chris’s favourite opera, Carmen. It was perfect and absolutely lived up to its reputation.
We had a list of things we wanted to do and try in Bologna and 99% of them were food related. Bologna is a foodies paradise. Some of the most recognisable Italian food items come from this region and we planned to taste them all.
The Tour we chose for this day was the South Coast & Glacier Hike tour and this was with Troll Expeditions.
One of the things that we really wanted to do on our trip to Iceland was to get out on a boat and go looking for humpback whales.
On our trip to Iceland we did 3 organised tours and the first of these was to take us up the west coast to Snaefellsnes, The Kirkfujell mountain, the black beach and the black church.
How did we get to Iceland?
We flew from Manchester to Reykjavik with Iceland Air. We had booked through Skyscanner as they are great at finding the best deals.
A Sri Lankan Safari in Yala National Park
After spending Christmas and New Year in Unawatuna on our Sri Lankan Adventure we had 4/5 days at the end of our trip where we hadn’t planned anything in particular.
Exploring Galle, Sri Lanka
One of the things we love to do when visiting a new city is to see as much of it as we can with the time allowed. I don’t know about anyone else but I hate to miss anything.
We found a cooking class.
Any travelling experience for us tends to involve food and when we landed in Unawatuna in December 2018 we were delighted to find that one of the restaurants we visited did cooking classes.
Arriving at Galle from the train we exited the station and hailed a Tuk Tuk. There were loads around and we just chose the first one and asked him to take us to Unawatuna.
After our overnight stop in Colombo we boarded an early morning train to Habarana which is pretty much in central Sri Lanka. We chose this area as it had good access to a few of the top sights that were on our list to visit.
If you are looking for a traditional Italian holiday hotel then look no further than Villagio Albergo da Ciccio sul Mare It really is a true Italian experience.
The Belgium F1 Grand Prix is in the town of Spa, or just outside really in the middle of the Ardenne Forest. We travelled in our campervan Bob from home, in the UK to our campsite near the track.
We had planned this weekend in Rome to attend the Six Nations Rugby tournament between Italy and Scotland and of course being in Rome and having a full weekend to play with we planned so much more.
How did we get to the Istria Area?
We drove to the Istria from the Plitvice Lakes National park and the directions can be found here.
The journey was just over 3 hrs, 240km approx and a mix of motorway and A roads and some smaller country lanes.
The park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It’s known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon.
Venice, Torcello, Burano & Murano
If you explore the Venetian Lagoon you don’t only get to Venice but also some other islands such as Torcello with its tower to climb, Burano with its colourful houses and Murano famous for its glass.
In this post we travel eastwards to the fantastic region that has Venice at its heart and we’ll be offering bite sized travel guides on how to get to Venice and the surrounding islands of Murano, Burano, Torcello, an agritourismo visit and one of the best campsites in the area.
Our next Italian trip takes us first to the Italian Grand Prix, at Monza then over to Lido de Jessolo where we visit Venice and then up and round the coast to Croatia via Slovenia. We start of here with a quick guide to attending the Italian Grand Prix.
Madeira, is a region of Portugal comprising 4 islands off the northwest coast of Africa. It is known for its namesake wine Madeira and warm, subtropical climate
Vico Equense is part of the greater Bay of Naples metropolitan area and is a tourist destination. Located on a high cliff, it is down the coast from the city of Naples and the views over to Vesuvius across the Bay of Naples were beautiful.
Ragusa is one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. the view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hill top is quite breathtaking.
San Vito lo Capo is on the western side of Sicily just West of Palermo and we chose this town as we wanted a few days of relaxing on the beach, swimming in the sea and eating delicious seafood and this town fit the bill.
Agrigento is known for the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas in the Valley of the Temples, a vast archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples.
How did we get to Sicily:
Our trip started in Manchester and we flew to Naples as we had planned to end our trip in Naples.
Our long weekend in Baku to attend the F1 Grand Prix was indeed an adventure. The old town of Baku , the land of fire, is a UNESCO world heritage site and as the country develops its identity its desperate for tourism and to be seen as a destination city.
Gili air is the least developed of the Gili Islands and is a mix between the other 2. Gili Meno is the smallest and caters mostly for couples and Gili Trawagen is the largest and caters for the party animals. Gili Air is somewhere in between. Good restaurants and bars but no boom boom boom till the wee hours. Below we’ll help you explore Gili Air and offer a bite sized guide to island life.
How did we get to Lombok?
Leaving Singapore we headed to Bali on Air Asia and after a 2 hr layover we boarded our Lion Air flight from Bali to Lombok.
The Southern Ridges
As avid walkers we were keen to see as much of the city on foot but little did we know that one of the best walks takes your right out of the city
The Gardens by the Bay
The gardens by the bay was one of the best things we did in Singapore. For information on how we got to Singapore and the other things we got up to you can visit that story here.
Singapore F1 Grand Prix
One of the main reasons for visiting Singapore was to attend the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. We are keen F1 fans and really liked the look of this race.
Here we go, Let’s explore Singapore
Our travels this year took us to Singapore, Lombok & Gili Air and we kick off in Singapore where we explore Singapore of old, new Singapore, the Singapore F1 Grand Prix,
Our day trip to Pisa Italy
Pisa Italy is a place on many a travellers to-do list and its somewhere I think you have to see at least once in your life.
Cinque Terre, La Spezia & Pisa
On this trip to Italy we head to the west coast of where we based ourselves at La Spezia. From here we an explore the Cinque Terre and Pisa, both of which we plan to visit.
What is Via Ferrata?
A via ferrata is an Italian term which means ‘iron path’ which means a protected climbing route.
We visited Pompeii & Herculaneum from Naples and on this visit to Naples we booked the Hostel of the Sun for a few nights.
Its really easy to get to most of the islands in the Bay of Naples and Procida is no exception.
As part of our Aeolian island hopping we headed for Stromboli.
We had no accommodation on Lipari pre booked. As it was the morning when we travelled from Vulcano and the journey was only 20 mins we had plenty time to find somewhere.
The route to Vulcano. After leaving Rome we headed to Palermo on an overnight ferry which was an experience in itself.
To cycle the Appian Way we needed to hire bikes and we chose Eco Bikes who are located just south of the city centre.