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This part of our travels was by car which we collected in Florence and will return in Bari on the Adriatic coast after a leisurely 3 month drive.

We chose the very pretty coastal village of Moneglia as our initial base and were not disappointed. The 'navigator' did well again. This location gave us the opportunity to further explore many pretty and historical seaside villages without the crush of tourists. They may have been low in number but high season costs remained in many, but not all, cafes and restaurants.

We fulfilled our objective of re-visiting the Mediterranean coast from Genoa to Pisa before ferrying over to explore the islands of Elba, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.

Elba turned out far more interesting than we had hoped for especially around the numerous seaside towns and villages.

Corsica was again on our to-do list and this time we made it. Weather prevented an earlier attempt to reach this French island which was very disappointing to Gilli as it had been on her wish-list for many years. She was ecstatic. The amazingly rugged landscape surpassed our expectations.

From Corsica it was another ferry ride, this time to Sardinia and although only a one hour trip south it differed quite a lot from the French island. We found Sardinia a little more friendly as well.
And the coffee and vino was back up to par …... and much cheaper as well.

As if we had not had sufficient water transport, we ferried once again. Sicily was the target and to get there it was an overnight cruise. The final hop was from Messina, Sicily, to Villa San Giovanni on the Italian mainland.

With sea-legs a thing of the past we prepared to travel up the Mediterranean coast to explore Herculaneum, the sister site to Pompeii plus Sorrento and all other points up to Naples.

This 'island hopping' part of our overall adventure certainly provided plenty of interest and surprises and although not the simplest to undertake was well worth our efforts.

We have taken with us great memories:
Elba for it's fascinating connection with Napoleon....
Corsica's beautiful, rugged landscape.....
Sardinia's friendly people, good wine and great coffee ….
Sicily's historical ruins ….

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

Bastia: Corsica
Alghero: Sardinia
Cagliari: Sardinia
Villa San Giovanni
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