Pollino National Park is Italy’s largest park and it straddles Basilicata and Calabria.  The park has rocky peaks, rolling green hills and a beautiful aquamarine lake.  It does not seem to be used by visitors all that much, we found a walking trail and embarked on what I was hoping would be a long hike.  After bundu bashing through some rather thick vegetation we opted for a stroll along the road.  Our exercise for the day done, we made a short hop to the Tyrrhenian coast.  The almost deserted holiday town of Praia a Mare has a long black pebbled beach.  It’s most famous attraction is the Isola di Dino, an island that sits just off the shore.

As we were setting ourselves up in the campsite we were surrounded by a cloud of mosquitoes.  I killed eight immediately and yet more and more arrived. What followed was a very tribal looking dance as we spun around and around flapping our arms in all directions to try and swat the annoying little beasts!