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February 4th, 2006, 12:24 PM
My first journey this year.
I'll mainly concentrate on the pictures.
Might not be absolutely chronological but I feel a need to share the lovely sights of this trip.
Me and my parents went from Vienna to Tropea by car.
We've had unbelievably snowy weather in Austria in late December and feared it would be quite cold even in southern Italy. We were proved wrong, however.
The way down through Austria and Italy:
Somewhere in Carinthia:
We had to do an overnight stop somewhere in Tuscany. We decided to stay close to Montepulciano, a town where we had been very often before and celebrate the New Year there.
The next day, the 1st of January, we continued southward.
Close to Naples:
Near the Basilicata/Calabria border:
Weather getting better:
We finally arrived in Tropea in the evening.
I'll now show some pictures of the town and the hotel I stayed in:
Pictures of places to see will follow soon.
February 4th, 2006, 12:40 PM
from Vienna to Tropea.. wow, what a Trip!
how long did you take to arrive in Tropea by car?
great pictures, thanks :)
February 4th, 2006, 12:52 PM
It took two days, from the (ver early) morning (ie 4.00am) of the 31st of December to the 1st of January, about 8pm.
February 4th, 2006, 01:07 PM
^^ show Yukon and Alaska, too, please :D
February 4th, 2006, 01:12 PM
Sure, I've already planned this.
February 4th, 2006, 01:55 PM
Countryside around Tropea:
(Please excuse the poor quality, but I forgot my tripod at home.)
On the way to Gerace on the southern coast:
Catanzaro, the (ugly) provincial capital:
We decided to cross the Strait of Messina and visit the Sicilian town of Taormina:
The (originally norwegian) ship that took us from Villa San Giovanni to Messina, "Vestfold":
Heavy ferry traffic:
The Taormina gondola:
The ancient Greek theatre:
More Tropea in a few minutes!
February 4th, 2006, 02:17 PM
On the way through the Aspromonte mountains:
Through Reggio Calabria:
Scilla, the plane where the bridge to Sicily will start:
Already on the way back:
The first hint of home, the Italian dolomites near Udine, between Venice and the Austrian border:
That was that and I really hope you liked it. Please comment!
Stay tuned for at least one or two other trip reports today or tomorrow!
March 25th, 2007, 07:46 PM
March 25th, 2007, 10:24 PM
wow...passed already a year since the last post...anyway...Catanzaro is really horrible...but exatly which was all the travel?
March 26th, 2007, 12:07 AM
Well, I have to be honest, I don't really like it. Some parts look like exactly the same as poor Brazilian cities, too much dirt and all. But it must be interesting to see cities like this in Europe, a place you'd normally correlate with perfection and cleaniness.
March 26th, 2007, 04:32 PM
but really, David showed not the usual pics of these areas...anyway...these are the poorest areas of Italty (14.000dollars the GDP), but scenes like the cars abandoned are not usual... O.O
March 28th, 2007, 12:54 AM
Why do the municipal authorities permit shoddy construction projects like these with exposed concrete and cheap brick blocks?
I've heard many people say that Calabria and other parts of southern Italy are full of half-built buildings that seem to have been abandoned, is there something wrong with the planning system?
May 27th, 2007, 04:58 PM
^^ Chi gli spiega l'abusivismo ? :D
Thanks for the photos davidkunz/VIE, I loved them all, including the ones of the shoddy buildings, parking on pedestrian crosswalks, the skeletons of buildings that were never finished, and the abandoned cars, etc. : they are part of the Italy too.
May 27th, 2007, 10:46 PM
Some areas have really good potential, I think you should preserve more the old buildings. I've been to southern Italy and I liked Pompei and Viteri del Mare (though the last one also needed some reabilitation).