UPDATE: This duffle proved to be invaluable. It rolled well, could take another bad (my messenger bag) on top, held lots of stuff and looked like new at the end of the three week trip. A. Saks proved to be the perfect luggage for us.
We will be posting interesting and practical travel products and services we've come across while researching our voyage. Keep checking back to see what we've found.
And finally, a few days to roam around Rome. (Bad pun). We dread the tourist trappings but of course realize the need to see the Roman Forum, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Sigh... we hate long lines and crowds. Stay tuned to see how and if we solved these problems.
Here we will share what we learned about the part of Italy where my father Saverio (Sal to us) was born. The town of Molfetta is the reason for going to Puglia but there is so much more here... 2000 year-old olive trees, caves, grottos, seafood, the world's best bread and Land of Oz Trullo houses.
Our next step of our voyage will take us into relatively unknown territory--unknown to most Americans, that is. This is a rugged, natural area of Italy with its own versions of Macchu Picchu-like villages up among the cliffs and clouds.
Here we will share our experiences on the Sorrento peninsula and the Amalfi Coast. We are looking forward to the drive along the curvy scenic roads of this region, the cliff-hugging towns, where Odysseus came upon the Sirens and giant lemons grow.
First we will explore the southern part of Tuscany, staying in an agriturismo just outside of Pienza. Next we will explore the northern part of Tuscany, including Florence and Pisa. Our home base will be another agriturismo within view of the little Italian "Manhattan"--San Gimignano with its ancient towers.
Jerry's Dad was a sweetheart. He had a lot of Italy in him. Always eating sandwiches "deconstructed" style... bread in one hand, meat and cheese in the other. He was frugal, loved gardening, grew his own tomatoes. A real Italian. I'm only half Italian... maybe this trip will add a bit more on my Italian side.