Southern Italy's NOT SO Destination o...

Southern Italy's NOT SO Destination of Choice

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Guy Gould

Düsseldorf, Germany

#1 Jun 5, 2010
Things must have changed at Camp Darby. It's an OK place but don't expect much more than a motel 6 environment. If you intend to go there, plan ahead. Getting there is easy enough. Expect to pay 25 Euro for a cab one way. You will be dropped off at the main gate and have a 7-10 minute walk to the Sea Pines Lodge. The Lodge is all of the way to the end of the road once you turn right from the main gate. The girls at the lodge office are helpful but not entirely aware of whats available on this tiny little main post. The only way to get around at Camp Darby is by "pit and pat" or by auto. There are no shuttles on this post. There aren't many tours available if any. DO NOT COME HERE IF THERE IS A ITALIAN HOLIDAY UNLESS YOU HAVE A SELF-SUFFICIENT PLAN. You can rent a car there from EuropCar if it is open. Don't plan on anything being open until after 10am or later. Take your own navigator and a WI-FI computer. Getting around the smaller towns is easy enough to find your way almost by accident. Places like Rome will need a bit more luck and a couple of days to see. This vacation was almost busted except for a little ingenuity.

Since: Jun 09

Apo, AE

#2 Jun 14, 2010
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Mark Saunders

Apo, AE

#3 Aug 20, 2010
You were lucky sounds like. You must not have stayed over a Sunday because everything is closed on the whole post. The movie theater does show a movie but its way early in the day. You failed to mention that after 1800 hours everything is closed. Not even a shoppette open to get last minute things when comeing from the beach. Lets not get started on the beach. For a American beach they really dont cater to Americans at all. There is no shuttle to the beach from post which means you have to pay a arm and a leg to park and then pay a large fee to just to get in.. A local told me about another beach called VADA which was great, cleaner and free other than a small fee for parking which was way less than the American beach. ON the American beach I had to rent there chair and couldnt bring my own to sit on which for the price they charged I could have bought one. If you dont grap a bite to eat early which is usually way expensive you have to venture off post and pay even more. With a large family the vacation almost broke me. The attitude of most of the workers on post many local nationals were that we dont really want you to come here and its a hassle to serve you... If it wasnt for a few wonderful people there we met that gave us the true scoop and secrets the trip would have been a wash out... Diffently will go somewhere else next year

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