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Beyond football and Richard III


This week: more reasons for visiting Leicester, the early days of luxury safari, and travelling by rail in Italy and Corsica

three-week safari. Drinks and dinner were served round the camp fire. Meals were prepared in advance and kept in a mobile, paraffin deep-freeze before being cooked on an open fire. The standard had to be high but the most important item for some was ice. You could show them a polar bear in the Serengeti, but if there was no ice for their martini in the evening the safari would be deemed a failure. MARK MILBANK

Corsica by train

Another rail adventure to add to those already chronicled (Travel views, May 7) is the Chemin de Fer de la Corse on Corsica. This little railway crosses the mountainou­s interior of the island. It’s a stunning ride, if not a little frightenin­g, hurtling through tunnels, over viaducts, through narrow rock cut ravines before you reach Ajaccio.

Back on the train you return to Corte, the historic capital of the island. The town has an amazingly beautiful location in the mountains. From here the train takes you through former “bandit country” to the north-west coast to the terminus at Calvi, another picturesqu­e seaside town.

Then you travel along the coast, sometimes right next to the beach, to L’IleRousse from where the ferry takes you to Toulon in France. ROSE HARRILD

Enjoy the journey

How astute to point out the simple yet wise advice that breaking the journey enables you to see more of a country and meet more locals (Travel views, May 7).

As a seasoned visitor to the Amalfi Coast the attraction­s are obvious; indeed, more than 50 films have been shot in the region. However, many scenes were filmed at the smaller places in between the major glories. These include the unspoilt fishing village Marina della Lobra, around the coast from Sorrento. Leaving Naples by train, having made the obvious stop-offs at Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneu­m, Vico Equense enchants with its hidden coves. Further along the line, Piano di Sorrento, a charming, bustling little town, now rivals Sorrento as a boutique wedding venue.

Drop off at Sant’Agnello and sample the best Neapolitan cuisine at Ciao Toto on Corsa Marion Crawford, then wander to the end of that road for majestic views of Vesuvius. BRENDON MCGUIRE

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