Visit Italy By Mouse: Introduction
If you can ride mouseback, and we are sure that you can, you will be able to visit fourteen
places in Italy on this web site.
We have traveled within Italy
which has a list of tourist offices
throughout Italy) twice, once by car, and once in our
motorhome. The car trip took us to Italy through the Swiss Alps
, with stops in Reggio Emilia
, and Rome
, and Pisa
And there was a side trip through the Chianti
wine region. The RV trip was longer. We drove from Munich in southern Germany to Innsbruck,
, and then across the Brenner Pass
in the Italian Alps
. From there we visited Verona
. Our stay in Pompeii allowed side trips to the Amalfi Coast
. Our route back to France
was along the west coast with stops at Sarzana
on the Italian Riviera
Some of our stops in Italy were to explore only one or two smaller areas of interest within larger towns. For example, we visited
Naples on a day trip by train from Pompeii to visit the National Archeology Museum
. Similarly, we visited the Amalfi Coast by bus
, and only spent a couple of hours in Amalfi, and less time in Positano. Our visit to Sarzana consisted only in an overnight
stop at an Agritourism camp site and farm. All these short stops were memorable to us. Our purpose here is to try to convey why we
enjoyed them, and to arm you with more information about these places than we had when we were there.
We enjoyed being in Italy
for a number of reasons. These can generally be referred to as Italian history, culture, food and personality and have written
separately describing our view
of these. In addition we have some thoughts about Italy that we wrote in a letter home
we were there.
We have not included a separate section on the places in Italy where important historical events have occurred,
as we have done for the other countries we visited. Partly that is because we did not visit as many places here as we did in
Great Britain, France or Germany, and partly because important historical events have occurred in all the major cities we visited,
especially in Rome, Florence, Siena, Bologna Verona and Venice. Add to these the two dead towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. In
large part, a journey through Italy is a journey through its history and the culture that shaped the western world from the Romans
through the Renaissance and to the present day.
Finally we offer some links just below to information that can be useful to the
traveler in Italy. It includes a link to a long brochure and a site map of the information available from the Italy Tourist
Board. There is also a link to information about travelling within and between cities.