Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Eddie's Italian Vacation

Eddie has just returned from a scenic two week vacation in Italy. He sent me a write up on the trip and some pictures of the area. I've never been to Italy, but pictures like these sure make you want to go have a look!

Big "Thanks" to Eddie for the pictures and story!

Entering Primaore

Our rented farmhouse.

The view of all of Primore from a window of our house.

More of the view from our house.

Add a few clouds for a different flavor!

Yup, it's still leaning!

My wife, daughter and I took a 2-week vacation in Italy. We began our adventure by renting a refurbished farmhouse over the Internet. It’s in the small Hamlet of Primaore, which is located in the Apennine Mountains. The hamlet consists of about 12 houses of which 2 or 3 are rented out to skiers in the winter and warm weather lovers in the summer (We fall into the latter category).

Primaore sits on a prominence about 4,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by forested mountains rising to 8,000 feet above sea level. The nearest town (Villa Minozzo) is about 10 miles away. It has a public swimming pool, 2 small grocery stores, a hardware store and a cop shop. The Italian police are armed with 9mm handguns and somehow I suspect they are Berettas. Other than that I never saw anything resembling a gun shop, although from speaking to some natives the hunting in the mountains is excellent. According to good sources there are deer (I spotted some), wild boars, rabbits, pheasants and other game birds. There are also venomous snakes and lizards about so cross-country walking requires protective clothing and boots.

We flew into Bologna airport at the beginning of July and picked up our Hertz rent-a-car. It was a small Fiat stick-shift, but with the price of gas being about $5.50 a gallon we were just happy it got good mileage. We drove about 80 miles due North-West to our home for the next 2 weeks.

After stocking up the larder with plenty of food and wine we made a few local trips just to get the lay of the land. The countryside is magnificent. Although I’ve never been to Washington State I imagine the views are similar.

Our big venture was an overnighter to Pisa to see if that tower really leans. I can assure you it does. The temperatures were 90-100 most of the 2 weeks with little rain. Basically, we relaxed, read a few books and added to our already wide girths by eating real Italian pasta, pizza and drink some superb wine.

The big barrier was the language. Since we were basically in the boonies virtually no one spoke English and my Italian vocabulary is limited to buon giorno (hello), grazie (thanks) and a few swear words I won’t mention. However, my family and I found the Italians most friendly and helpful. Usually, after a few minutes of animated hand waving and rapid speaking the conversations generally ended in a mutual understanding.

If you have the time and money (Flights are not cheap) it’s a worthwhile experience.



It sounds like you had a great vacation, thanks for sharing it with us!


At Tuesday, August 08, 2006 11:23:00 AM, Blogger NotClauswitz said...

We really liked Northern Italy, the Alto Addagio and the Val D'Osta, the Dolomites in particular are spectacular and breathtaking.

At Tuesday, September 01, 2009 3:07:00 AM, Anonymous appartements lisbonne said...

Yes we like northern Italy coz there are all what you want..Adventure, Fast life, Great and eye catching things..


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