AMALFI COAST & BAY OF NAPLES
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I personally loved Walk of the Gods but also Vesuvuis. Naples was somewhat of a surprise. This was the part of the holiday I'd been least looking forward to as cities are not my thing. I'd also been lead to believe that Naples has had a bad press. Thanks to Paula our fabulous guide and her enthusiasm, Naples quickly became one of my personal highlights. Really vibrant city, amazing churches, fabulous crammed tiny streets, street markets, mad Vespa drivers and lunch in a local taverna that Paula had thoughtfully sourced herelf. Also more great coffee and lovely views of Vesuvius accross the bay. How can I also forget the food?! I was in food heaven. Fresh tomatoes, artichokes, basil, bread, pasta, cheese, wine... And Chef Giovanni's 'mealt in the mouth' Panacotta. Everywhere you looked there was fresh produce either growing on hillsides or lying in front of you on your plate... Fabulous
What did you think of your group leader?
Paula is enthusiastic, helpful, friendly, approachable, witty... all the attributes needed for a great guide. Im only sorry I couldnt get to know her and stay with her for longer. I'd like to think we'd all end up firm pals! She showed us Greco- Roman ruins and we would like to show her the Greco-Roman Architecture of Manchesters Trafford centre one day- the offer still stands Paula!! Paula was also really good at giving us Italian travel advice as we extended our trip and travelled north on our own. Thanks for the Italian lesson- we got round Italy unscathed and arrived home safely! Thank you Paula, I havent got a bad word to say!
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
PLEASE take into account added extra expenses whilst away. The trip notes suggest 10Euros for lunches but once you've had the obligatory Italian Espresso this is more like 15. There are also one or two added extras to pay for such as slight seeing on your free day and Funicular/ bus fares/ chair lift on Capri. If travelling with a family I would imagine that this would really tot up. Also the Gellato in Amalfi is compulsory ( trust me.. it puts Mr Whippy to shame!)... all of these things really do add up. If travelling on a budget PLEASE budget for more Euros than you think you'll need. Unlike other exodus trips that I have done this really is in a touristy part of the world and I really wasnt expecting the tourist prices for a coffee.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thanks again for a great, well organised Exodus holiday.