Italy is a two and a half hour drive from Geneva (three hours to Turin) it is
well worth the effort. I have only actually visited three areass within Italy,
(Turin, Levanto and Pisa) but will be venturing over to Venice and Milan this
The north of Italy is comparable to the midlands or
north back home, lovely architecture everywhere but definitely industrial
One of the most notable (in my opinion) things about
Turin is the Egyptology museum that houses Europes largest collection of sarcophagi
and is in fact one of the worlds most complete museums for Egyptologists (there's
nothing else in there besides Egyptian artefacts).
Apart from The museum and the lovely architecture the
thing that really captured my imagination like a small boy on christmas eve
was witnessing the start of the Monte Carlo rally.
Moving South from Turin we get to the Mediterranean
sea. The road snakes its shores for hundreds of miles and the view is quite
lovely for the vast majority of it (see right).
Heading south one of the next places of interest is
the five lands.
The five lands are all similar to the picture shown
to the right. They are all small villages built into the very cliffs of the
bays in which they almost hang.
Levanto was in fact where we managed to stay for the
night, it's perhaps worth noting that if you're considering visiting this
area yourself then you should book a couple of months in advance as the area
is popular with both tourists and Italians alike.
A point of interest when driving down through Italy
are the fig and orange trees that are simply growing by the side of the road.
The beaches in this part of Italy are clean and not
so crowded and also they are typically small coves or bays instead of the
miles of flat costal beaches that we have back home. They all seem to have
a little cafe.
sitting at one of these little cafes for a while it became quite apparent why
the pace of life in this region is so different to the more northerly european
Moving still further south we arrive at Pisa, famous
for its leaning tower.
It wasn't until I put this page together that I realised
that my picture of the leaning tower doesn't (a little creative photography
would have saved them millions).
often quite curious the things you find abroad
If you ask people what else is at the same location
as the leaning tower you will probably get a mixed response ranging from 'nothing'
to 'a market'.
Well in actual fact there are three main attractions
that sit at the same location as the tower, they are the cathederal, the baptistry
and the mausoleum.
I dont intend to say anymore about Italy, except for
it's well worth a visit. When I've had time to visit Venice and Milan I will
of course update this page.
But for now I'll leave you with a picture of a lone