Thanks for the Amazing Day in Italy!

I n 2014 I was invited to accompany an expedition on the Tiber River, out of Rome. The river is known throughout the Italian Riviera region. It is said to have the longest river…

Thanks for the Amazing Day in Italy!

I n 2014 I was invited to accompany an expedition on the Tiber River, out of Rome. The river is known throughout the Italian Riviera region. It is said to have the longest river canals in the world. It flows west from Naples to the Italian capital; it changes course twice, although its current flow is only half of that. Our objective was to tow a 35-ft. wooden boat called the piazza comalamo to remote sections of the river, where nets could be raised to catch fish. We then carried the nets back to shore for restocking the river. The river is a bit upstream of the Amalfi Coast; it leaves a serene landscape and then plunges into the blue water of the Mediterranean. We spent several days at a marina near Malabar with the boat. The piazza comalamo boat is built so that it floats with the supports on the pontoon, and then it is driven along the river with two rudders. We docked at a resort that offered a wonderful view of some of the islands and inlets on the coast, and we stayed there for several days. There is little opportunity for adventures in Italy; it is a sedate land. The landscape is beautiful and this involved some drive over roads that are lined with vines and plants — but not too much. It is beautiful and quiet, but I found it interesting to encounter a lifestyle that is very unique to Italy. The guiding agency took great care to ensure that the water was fresh, and that none of us went too far out into the open sea. We observed how quiet and serene the river can be. Of course we stopped occasionally to go into the ocean and swim, and did some sailing, but this was mostly a day trip. We noticed and appreciated all the fishermen in the river but they concentrated more on the striped bass in the waters offshore. But the fish are plentiful. In Rome we rented a motorboat with a motor and were doing some work in the area of the Marche, having lunch at a restaurant on the river bank. It was quite an experience, but my guide made sure that it was absolutely safe for us to use the motor.

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