This scene is only ten minutes from Amantea. The region is very mountainous, very picturesque. Notice in the far distance, the wonderfully warm salt water of the Tyrrhenian Sea, on the shore of which Amantea is situated.
Via Tonnara 13, Amantea, Italy, 87032, IT
Good for: Solo
S.S. 18, Via Stromboli, 227, AMANTEA, CS, 87032, I
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Via Dogana 64, Amantea, Calabria, 87032, Italy
Good for: Business
Amantea is blessed with a summer-time activity best remembered by those of us who listened to the music of the Coasters growing up...an evening stroll along the Boardwalk.
Live bands, carousels, bumper cars, gelato stands, pizza (baked in wood ovens), candy floss, street vendors, all positioned along the edge of the sea. Blocks and blocks of summer fun, couples walking arm in arm, mothers pushing strollers, kids playing soccer, complete with high intensity lighting and dozens of screaming fans, the occasional lip-locked couple tucked away in the shadows. No tension, no fears.
This is a typical summer evening along the beach front in Amantea. The southern Italians enjoy life, in a very carefree way. Everyone is smiling, laughing, and greeting perfect strangers as they stroll with their significant other to the sound of waves lapping against the shore.
For a stress-free, and inexpensive holiday, I highly, highly recommend Amantea. Each vacation includes one afternoon siesta per day at no additional charge.
Dress Code: Shorts, bathing suits, t-shirts, and sandals. Anything more, and you're overdressed.
Getting around Amantea on foot is so easy. Very safe, scenic, however the heat of the afternoon could do even the fittest of us damage. Siestas are highly recommended from 2pm until about 5pm.Taxi service is non-existant. Local service ceased to be economically viable a few years ago, and locals and tourists alike must depend upon a taxi from...more
The best way to reach Amantea is by train from Naples. EuroStar offers one train per day direct, and numerous other trains which stop in Paulo, where you then transfer.All trains travel parallel with the seaside, so wonderful scenery is yours to behold. Beaches on your right, mountains on your left. Caution...whiplash is common in this area.Bus...more
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It had been over fifty years since I swam in salt water. Brought back memories, and sand in my shorts. Nothing ever changes...The water was wonderful, warm, inviting, cooling under the hot sun. However, don't allow these idylic conditions to lead you into a false sense of security. I am treading water in this picture, and as you can see, I'm not...more
These three ladies had a dream, and that was to own a nice hotel in Amantea. They fulfilled their dream, and now own, besides a hotel, a bar, a fantastic restaurant within the hotel itself, and a wonderful pizza/seafood/pasta restaurant just seconds from the beach.Maria is the kind soul who went out of her way to get fresh figs for my...more
If you're reading this, you probably read about Harold, our 'almost' ellusive landlord. The picture to your left isn't really Harold, but in some strange way, reminds me of him. VT member Beach Dog used this photo for a Forum posting one night, and kindly allowed me to use it...thank's pal.Just to clarify things a bit, Harold, (not his real name),...more
If your hotel is situated along the edge of the sea, there is a good possibility that you will have memorized the train schedules before you check out. Expect to share this prime property with the sounds of the 3am Special zipping by, because the trains could not be placed elsewhere due to the mountains to the east.However, be assured, it won't be...more
Luggage and bags:
Our preference for baggage are back packs. A year ago, we wouldn't be caught dead with one, now, our luggage is in storage. Best for travelling on trains, buses, and small cars. If you feel the need for a proper suitcase, be sure to purchase one that is narrow enough to roll through the train aisles. When packing, be sure you can lift the (full) case above your head with relative ease. Storage on trains and buses is mostly above head height. Be aware too, most train stations have numerous flights of stairs you must navigate, often on the fly because frequent last minute binari changes (platforms) will keep you guessing.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Formal attire is not required. Sports jacket...why? Just cotton shirts or blouses, shorts, loose skirts, sandals, T-Shirts, and numerous changes of underwear...very hot and muggy, nice to change frequently.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Advil, because it's not available in Italy, sunscreen, and a powder if you are prone to chaffing (due to perspiration). We discovered Vagisil to work exceptionally well, as suggested by Anna at the local pharmacy. Guys, don't be embarrased, nothing else will work as well. Just remember to place it on 'her' side of the bathroom shelf while on vacation, or remove the label if travelling alone.
Suggest Tums, because meals are often served late in Southern Italy (nine is early...) and the food so good, over eating is common.
Photo Equipment: Lots of film, or large capacity memory for your Digital Camera, and spare batteries.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Unless you plan on sitting on an isolated beach somewhere (you'd miss the 'view' and the life of the beach), chairs and umbrellas are widely available. If you're staying at La Gran Savana, grab a spot, and the beach guy will eventually come and save those particular umbrella and chairs for the duration of your stay.
Miscellaneous: Bring your 'Happy Face', because Southern Italians enjoy life. You can expect wonderful Southern Hospitality, the same as in the States.
Amantea has wonderful, sandy beaches, with beautiful tanned girls lying topless in complete harmony with the family occupying the umbrella next to them.
The young ladies shift and wiggle to optimize their exposure to the sun, and I often wondered if Pa Kettle should offer to time them, somewhat like boiling an egg. I did give a mention to Ma Kettle about my idea, but...did I mention she has a 'Teachers Voice'.
The teenaged boys were forever kicking a soccer ball about, and at times a trio were able to keep a ball aloft for five minutes, or until one of the bathing beauties 'shifted positions' again.
Men walked about in their Speedos (there oughta be a law), talking on cell phones (why is it necessary) over weight women gathered in clusters in knee deep water, and the proverbial peddlars went umbrella to umbrella, trying to sell necklaces, rings, swim fins (?), and one poor guy walked up and down the beach selling garish,over-sized towels, flung over his shoulder in 35 plus heat. Funny thing is, he sold lots of them.
Equipment: Baggy trunks, no Speedos please, and bikinis for the ladies, unless of course...