13th July 2018
We woke up to a beautiful sunny morning – threw open the windows to this:
The surroundings are glorious – mountains all around – beautiful location. Went out for breakfast by the pool which was lovely – great service and great food. Decided we would chill by the pool for a while this morning – and we had it all to ourselves.
We then drove to the sea and had a little paddle (after having a cheeky beer by the pool)
Off for lunch next and to see Paestum’s Temples – this is a Unesco World Heritage Site and the temples are among the best-preserved Greek temples in Italy. We sat and had lunch at a small restaurant across the road from the temples – along with a couple of beers while we people watched and put the world to rights lol.
The temples are absolutely amazing – not heaving with people either – it’s really peaceful and absolutely definitely worth a visit – make sure you have plenty of time to wander – and take a hat and a drink!
Back to Portasirena for a shower and change and tonight we drove up the mountain to a restaurant called La Cantina Ristorante Pizzeria Braceria that we found on Trip Advisor – we like to find restaurants where the locals eat and this was definitely that – no one spoke English and the menu was all Italian – but we muddled through and we had a beautiful steak – and no prizes for guessing what I had for pudding – yes – Tiramisu – and it was amazing, we loved it here and would highly recommend it if you like somewhere off the beaten track and want to enjoy fabulous Italian food.
The one thing I would say about where we are staying in Paestum is that you really do need to have a car – even like tonight – we couldn’t have got to this restaurant without some transport and there are so many places to visit – beautiful little villages along the Cilento Coast and the Cilento National Park, which is the second-largest national park in Italy, where you can drive up into the mountains, visit the grottoes – so you do need to be ok with driving around a lot – unlike Amalfi Coast where we drive through later on in our trip – and from our experience you would be better not having a car if you are staying there – horrendous to try and park – and twice as expensive as where we are!
Anyway, loved the restaurant tonight – time to go – but one for the road first – got to have a Limoncello to end the evening – it’s the law!!!