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  From Roma to Capri Island: (31 April-8 May 2017)
At the end of April we had some very unpleasant weather in Rome that made us wonder if we  were going to leave in April. Finally, the weather improved and we decided to leave Rome and  start our third season with Terus. Our first leg was a straight course along the coast until we  reached the harbour of Nettuno, 25 miles away from Rome. Nettuno is well known in Italy as it is  there that the US soldiers landed in 1944 to liberate the country. The city was totally  destroyed and today only a few parts of the old buildings remain. So the city has been totally  rebuilt. The battle was fierce and   more than 6,000 US soldiers are buried in the military cemetery. While we were in Nettuno,  there was a medieval celebration and more than a hundred volunteers participated in the event.  The 1st of May we left Nettuno early towards the island of Ponza. Unfortunately, the mooring  we found for the night was very uncomfortable due to a western swell that got stronger during  the night. After a bad night, we went to the other side of the island and discovered the nice  village of Ponza. On both sides of the village, there are impressive cliffs. We should have  anchored on the East side. Not only would we have slept much better, but the landscape was also  significantly nicer.  After Ponza, we aimed towards Ventotere, another island. Honestly, not worth the visit and the  only thing we liked was the free jetty where we could spend the night. From Ventotere, we  moved back to the mainland towards Gaeta. This city has a well-protected harbour and has a rich  history with many churches. The first thing we saw when approaching Gaeta was the fortress  that dominates the city. But soon after you notice a military harbor, a commercial harbour and  finally a little marina for leisure boats. Besides the fortress that is currently a military base,  the city has at least 5 churches including a Basilica. The Basilica dates from 1100, but  underneath the altar they later built a crypt that is interesting  to visit as a lot of marble of different colours makes beautiful designs. The Basilica also contains  the relics of St Erasmus as well as the remains of a few bishops. Another interesting church is  the church of the Annunciation which also has a chapel under the altar called the golden Chapel  due to its beautifully decorated ceiling. But Gaeta is not only historical buildings. Close to the  marina there are a lot of shops selling typical local products such as olives, cheese and meat; all  delicious and worth replenishing the fridge with for a couple of days. After one night in Gaeta,  we set sail for the island of Ischia. We had perfect sailing conditions and the boat moved at  about 7 knots to its new stop. The first night was in the marina as we saw on the charts that  everything is heavily regulated, especially if you do not reside   on the island. But we soon found out that the regulation is no longer enforced as long as we  behave correctly, they told us. We therefore spent the second night just below the castle of  Aragon located on the Eastern tip of the island. Absolutely a very nice mooring with a fantastic  landscape. The city had nothing special except the castle but it is in very bad condition so we did  not visit it. We moved the next morning to the island of Procida, only a few miles away from  Ischia. As strong winds were announced, we decided to stay for 2 days in the marina and take  the time to visit   Procida. Procida is easy to reach from Naples and many ferries arrive there. Of course, you find  a lot of tourist shops, but they do not deface the island. No modern buildings and now a lot of  effortis being made to restore some older buildings. On top of the island is a big fortress that  was once a palace then a military school but it ended its career as a prison until 1988.  After  that, it was abandoned and today a lot of restoration is needed. Let’s hope the entrance fee for  visitors will be sufficient to quickly restore the buildings. If you visit the old prison, you have a  superb view of the surroundings, including Naples bay, Capri island and Vesuvius.Near the prison  an old church contains a beautiful maquette of the village of Corricella. Outside the church, you  can see the real village and you then realize how well this work has been done. This little fishing  village is well preserved and the little marina contains many little fishing boats. Finally, when  visiting Procida you notice a lot of information panels about a movie that was madeon the island.  The movie Procida was famous at the time and still today people come to visit the place to  recognize the various places were the movie was made.To conclude, we like Procida very much  because it is very well preserved and you do not have the impression that you are in a place that  is one of the big tourist attractions of the region. After 3 days in Procida and the strong wind  was over we moved towards Capri were we hoped to find a nices pot to anchor. Unfortunately the  swell was comming from the wrong direction so we decided tomove to our next stop Positano. 
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