In April, 2016, I took a ferry from Naples to Sorrento, Italy heading south. Three weeks later, I arrived in Palermo on the island of Sicily and took another ferry back to Naples.
I took over 1,700 photos and wrote a detailed journal of this tour. I've selected 73 of them as a pictorial overview of the trip.
After I assembled my bike, Francesco, my warmshowers host, took me on a bike ride through the port of Naples. On a tiny island just off the coast sits the Castel dell'Ovo.
The main reason I started in Naples was to ride down the Amalfi Coast. This is the view looking east toward Positano.
This view is looking west and was taken 10 minutes after the one above.
This view is looking toward Amalfi several hours later.
An eye-catching mosaic in Amalfi.
Looking toward Salerno, the big city at the end of the Amalfi coast.
South of Salerno are the ruins of the ancient Greek town of Paestum, which boasts this impressive temple.
Castellabate is a town in the hills on the southern edge of the Bay of Salerno. This is the view from its main square looking north toward the Amalfi Coast.
Bike photo in a hilltop rest area above San Nicola a Mare.
Looking up the coast just south of Palinuro.
View across the blue Tyrrhenian Sea south of Palinuro.
Serpentine climb up the coastal hills just behind Marina di Camerota.
Stunning view of the sea and the hills above Sapri.
Poster in front of a defunct nightclub. The caption reads "This is the life."
The prettiest section of coastline south of Naples, in my opinion, is between Sapri and Maratea. This is looking north back toward the hills behind Scario.
Tunnels, caves, water and cliffs looking south toward Acquafredda.
Coastline south of Maratea looking toward the plateau behind Praia a Mare.
Isola di Dino just off the coast at Praia a Mare.
Looming, hazy hills behind Praia a Mare.
A mosaic of green in Parco National del Pollino.
Wildflowers over the River Lao.
Look back at the road I'd ridden up.
Coasting down the hills and looking toward Castrovilleri.
Roadside flower show in Castrovilleri.
Old town Cosenza.
Forest creek between Cosenza and the sea.
The rolling green hills of Calabria.
Insightful roadside graffiti.
Public art in Pizzo.
View up the coast from Tropea.
Sunset over Stomboli.
Roadside poppies bordering a wheat field.
View toward Italy's toe with Sicily in the distance.
Fontana di Orione in front of Messina's Duomo.
Panoramic view of Messina and Calabria from Santuario Parrocchia Santa Maria di Montalto.
Public art in Santa Teresa di Riva.
View south toward Taormina from Capo dei Greci.
Nighttime panorama over Siracusa harbor.
View over clear water toward Castello Maniace, Siracusa.
The pretty beach at Fontane Bianche.
La Chiesa Madre di San Niccolo, Noto.
Sign in Noto cafe that reads "To take a coffee or cheat on your wife, there is always time." Here is the wikipedia entry on Totò, a famous Italian comic actor.
Chiesa Santa Chiara, Noto.
Farm field and red poppies north of Modica.
Ceiling, Modica Duomo.
Morning view over Modica.
Stunning wildflowers near Guardia.
Temple of Concordia in front of modern Agrigento.
Painted stairs in Agrigento.
Modern day bronze sculpture in front of the Temple of Concordia, Agrigento.
Eroded hillside south of Cattolica Eraclea.
Farm fields and mountains south of Cattolica Eraclea.
Evening in the port of Sciacca.
Looking back over Sciacca.
Temple E, Selinunte.
Temple C, Selinunte.
Geometric farm fields east of Salaparuta.
Field of red poppies.
White flowers and rocky hills north of Poggioreale.
Amazing hill side vista south of Alcamo.
Field of red flowers.
Mountain vista south of Alcamo.
Coastal mountain behind San Cataldo.
Bay view, Pozzillo.
Coastal view west of Palermo.
View toward Monte Ercta, Palermo.
Piazza Garabaldi, Palermo.
Fontana Pretoria, Palermo.
Oratori del Rosario in Santa Cita, Palermo.
Sunrise over Mount Vesuvius.
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