After a disappointing time in Rome, a terrible bus ride to the Amalfi Coast and a OK time in Sorrento we headed for Ischia. After taking the ferry we landed in Ischia Port and got on the bus only to find it overflowing with people and no place to sit. We headed for Sant Angelo only to pick up even more people, no a/c, stop and go traffic and even more stops to pick up even more people. (This is what we had to deal with on our bus ride to the Amalfi Coast which was the worse bus rides I've ever been on, but thankfully shorter to Sant Angelo)
We eventually made it to Sant Angelo and finally found what we had been looking for in Italy. We had a studio apartment on the beach with a balcony and views of the beach and ocean. We found narrow lanes and paths to several area towns with houses and architecture similar to Greek Islands, very few people and great views of the hills & beaches.
We found Alba Mini-market where we bought fresh Italian bread, cheeses, and olives, we walked along the beaches along the coast, past orchards, pretty homes and friendly locals. One thing that bothered us however was the number of German tourists. Everywhere we went we found Germans (nothing wrong with Germans, but it would have been nice to see more Italians than "foreigners") most shops and restaurants we went to seemed to be occupied by Germans. We couldn't tell if we were in Germany or Italy! We eat mostly at da Pasquali and ate pizza and pasta on a regular basis. Thankfully the gelato shops kept us from going crazy from eating too much of the same thing. Prices for food at most Italian restaurants tend to be high because you had to buy a different course for each type of food you wanted. Thankfully the house wines were cheap and kept us in a state of bliss to deal with what we didn't expect to find in Italy . . . modern, contemporary, upscale and expensive. Where is the Old World Italy?Edited: 3:49 pm, October 19, 2012