Around Adriatic Tour - Part 3
DAY 13: Rome – Gaeta 360 Km
Exiting Rome on an Easter Sunday was fast with almost no traffic. We were headed to a mountain pass called Serra high 1608 m above the sea level, but we had to back trace part of our route because mountain pass was closed due to the snow on the road. Scenery was fantastic all day long. We finished our day in a beautiful hotel in Gaeta with amazing sea side view and beautiful garden with lemon and orange trees.
DAY 14: Gaeta – Ravello 200 Km
Highlight of the day was visiting Pompeii archaeological site. Pompeii is a city in southern Italy’s Campania region overlooked by the active volcano at Vesuvius. It’s known for its ancient archeological site, which was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.. The ruins are an amazing travel back to the past. The city is really well preserved because it was buried under the ash of the volcano eruption. We finished the day in a romantic Ravello known as the hidden treasure of the Amalfi Coast. Ravello is perched on a hilltop more than 1200 feet (~365 meters) above the Mediterranean and far removed from the crowds that flock to the sea towns of Amalfi and Positano.
DAY 15: Ravello rest day - 60 km
The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Campania region close to Neaples and Mt. Vesuivius. It is an astonishing 50-kilometer long coastal road with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and pastel-colored fishing villages. Today we went for a ride along the Amalfi Coast and stopped for a lunch in the town of Positano, where we enjoyed a spectacular view and amazing food. We rode only a part of coastal road but it was a special ride riding all these cliffs and looking down at the azure blue Mediterranean Sea.
DAY 16: Ravello –Bari 315 Km
Leaving Ravello and Amalfi Coast and heading towards Bari was another exciting day. We left the Tyrrhenian Sea which is on the West side of Italy and traveled all the way to the Adriatic Sea on the East side of the Italian booth. We rode rolling hills with an endless field of windmill power plants. Usually smaller towns are on the top of those hills and all around farming land or meadows. We ended the day in port city of Bari. More exactly we boarded on an overnight ferry heading to Greece.
DAY 17: Igoumenitsa – Lefkada 216 Km
Early in the morning at 6 am we landed in a small Greek port called Igumenitsa. First we rode on the coastal road and after an hour we stopped for breakfast in a small hotel next to the beach with fantastic view of the sea. Immediately we started to feel a different atmosphere and pace of living, Greek pace of living. Everything is slower and relaxed. In Greek they love to say “Siga Siga” (slow slow). After the breakfast and the introduction to the Greek culture we continued our trip toward the island of Lefkada, where we stayed for two nights. Lefkada is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, connected to the mainland by a bridge. We stayed in the town Lefkada which is the biggest town on the island.
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