Usually we visit our Italian mountain retreat in Calitri in the Summer months but this year, we booked to go in the Easter holidays!
The weather is cooler and the pool we usually go to in Summer isn’t open yet so the options available to us were different.
We were joined by my dad so it was a holiday of three generations!
San Fele Waterfalls
A short (ish) drive away is San Fele which has lots of pretty waterfalls in the mountains around. It is a lovely place for a walk and at this time of year the temperature was perfect.
Hanging out in Calitri
The main activities in Caliri In April are coffee drinking, ice cream eating, park playing (getting a bit big for this one!), friend visiting (see Luna the dog pictured) and pasta eating!
The local speciality pasta dish is called “canazze” which is penne pasta in a ragu sauce with lots of cheese. You can add spice to it with chopped up chili or there is paprika powder too. Pasta is usually served as a starter followed by a main course of meat, fish and/or vegetables.
Thermal baths in Contursi Terme
Contursi Terme is popular for its thermal baths. It is located around an hours drive from Calitri. We visited Hotel Rosapepe which has an indoor thermal pool and there are also outdoor pools open in the Summer.
The water has healing salts in it that is good for your skin and it was very relaxing.
We had a lovely ten days of chilling out, playing games, reading books and TV watching (we finished our new favourite series Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Plans are afoot to return in the Summer if we can find dates that work but that will be more relaxing as it will be too hot to do much else!
We are always looking for more fun things to do in Italy and a guided walking tour in Florence sounds delightful – check out this lovely post from daiselikethese – of course icecream also has to feature!
What are your plans for holidays this Summer? Would love to hear! We still haven’t made it to Disneyland Paris and this is top of my list, especially after the amazing time we had in LA. When we go I will be reread this brill blog post with some tips on the fab accommodation.
Another place on our wish list is Majorca. Have you visited? There are some great tips on exploring the Spanish island over on Newcastle Family life’ blog.