A Rickshaw Road-Trip From Florence to the Amalfi Coast
We made it half way on our epic adventure from Milan to the Amalfi Coast, covering almost 450km. If you haven’t already read the first part of our adventure, then read more here.
An Evening of Vineyards & Villas in Tuscany
After an incredibly long drive west from La Spezia we arrived at our Agriturismo, Villa Poggio di Gaville, where we rested our weary, tired heads. Villa Poggio di Gaville is a picturesque 18th century Tuscan dream house that we wish we could stay in every summer… nestled in the woods, vineyards and olive groves it boasts an idyllic surrounding. Our host, Jamal, was the most excellent chef, and a welcoming sight when we arrived after our drive. He created some of the most delicious meals and sumptuous rooms in all of Tuscany, a true paradise.
The Wondrous Orvieto
After a good night’s sleep and a dip in the pool, we headed south. Our drive to Rome would take us over nine hours, so we decided to make a little pit-stop along the way and stretch our legs in Orvieto. Situated just shy of the Umbria and Lazio borders, Orvieto is a truly beautiful town that has found itself perched on top of an ancient volcanic butte – interesting right? Rising above the ground below, Orvieto literally looks like it has been raised high above the rest of the Italian countryside, this might not be fun to walk up – but it sure offers some spectacular views from the top.
Picturesque is an understatement.
Driving to Naples & Terracina Beach
After arriving on the outskirts of Rome (very late at night), we decided to continue and explore the magical countryside of Italy.
With our trusted Rickshaw companion as our guide, we headed south to some local eateries where we enjoyed some of the best in local Italian food and scenery.
After filling up on handfuls of olives and freshly made pasta, we continued our journey further towards Terracina Beach, where we literally drove our lovely rickshaw onto the beach with us!
A quick bathe in the sea and a rest on the sand gave us the energy we needed to continue with our long day of driving ahead.
Some four hours later, we arrived to the outskirts of Naples where we headed straight for the one place that Lloyd had always wanted to visit, Pompeii.
The Ruins of Pompeii
We hadn’t realised how big the ruins of Pompeii are and how well it has been preserved. We couldn’t drive our rickshaw inside the town, so we decided to pop on our walking shoes and explore one of the world’s most famous ruins. We wandered around the House of Faun and the Temple of Jupiter, all while keeping a close eye on that pesky Mount Vesuvius behind us.
We Made it to the Amalfi Coast
As night fell, we arrived at the Amalfi coast, where we were celebrated and greeted with a cheering parade of locals, music and a donkey. Okay, so that might not be true, except the donkey… he seemed to stay next to our room all evening, which we loved.
If only we had ridden him… next time for sure! We had an amazing adventure while in Italy and we can’t wait to do it again! We made so many new friends along the way and it really allowed us to see so much more of Italy than we ever thought was possible. We are just itching to get behind the ‘wheels’ of our trusted rickshaw once again!
Until next time… Ciao!