16 September 2019
So, our mainland experiences had been fine and the decision was back to the mainland and away from the chic places – Sapri then.
A 75nm trip to the Gulf of Policastro on 31st August. We anchored tucked in behind the marina and close to a fuel jetty, so very good shelter. We bought petrol and diesel at the jetty so they let us tie up the dinghy there. We then had a coffee or a beer at their café each time we went ashore, to keep in their good books.
Sapri is what might be described as authentic, i.e. only Italians seem to visit. A couple of other boats came to anchor but no-one stayed more than two days – we stayed a week.
We took the train to Maratea just down the coast – a lovely harbour-side village that we visited in 1975 to stay with some university friends whose parents owned a villa there. Massive expansion and development have occurred but it retains its charm and we had a fabulous lunch.
We hired a car for a couple of days and visited Paestum, a 2500 years old Greek and Roman town with amazingly preserved temples and remains of the town.
The next day was a trip to the Pollino National Park in the southern Apennines which has picturesque hilltop villages (well, picturesque from afar but less so close up) and had a lovely walk through the beech forest to a fantastic look out at the Belvedere Malvento – at 1500 metres height we needed jackets … shocking.
On our last night we had to move anchorage as there was a religious celebration which involved fireworks off the beach and we were in the drop zone. We really enjoyed the laid back and hassle-free experience in this less-visited part of Italy … just don’t expect to find too many cafes open on a Sunday unless you are in a beach town.
More photos in the Gallery.