Amalfi Coast

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End Jul 26, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Amalfi Coast lived up to all expectations!  This morning we said goodbye to the Harkers who were doing their own tour to Pompeii (we had previously done this 25 years ago)  and then on to Positano on the Amalfi Coast.  Lee and I caught a ferry to Sorrento - the gateway between Naples and the Amalfi coast.  We had to climb from the port up a cliff to the town to pick up the mopeds we had booked.  There were  a number of stairs - which tested the leg muscles.  At the top there were some lovely little cobblestone streets with lots of shops (lots of ceramics with lemons on them) - but we didn’t have time to browse as we had to pick up our mopeds (adults over 30 only allowed to ride mopeds -  Rhys and Talyse) and head for the Amalfi coast.

We took off (me gingerly for a little while until I got use to it) around the Sorrento tourist route - which had lovely vista’s through vineyards and summer flowers (especially bougainvilleas) until we hit the Amalfi Coast -  it was breathtaking.  Cliffs were terraced with scented lemon groves sheer down into sparkling, clear blue seas.  You could see for miles along the rugged coastline.  We rode for about 50 km - very slowly as we were constantly stopping to take photos.  It wasn’t as bad as I had imagined as everyone drove slowly, as the road twists and turns on the cliff edge.  There were plenty of places to pull over if buses come your way.  (Also they have siesta from 2:00 to 4:00 so the roads were very quiet coming home.)

Positano is split in two by a cliff bearing tower and is very photogenic place.  We unfortunately didn’t have time to browse as we had to make it back for our ferry by 4.25 pm otherwise we would miss the boat sailing at 6.30 pm and we wanted to see more sights.  We stopped along the cliffs at the many roadside fruit stores that have the hugest lemons you can imagine.  We had a freshly squeezed lemon (Jenni) and orange (Lee) with those hand machines like yours Erwin and Di - delicious.  He let us use his toilets behind the Oleander hedge on the cliff face!!  The beach is not white sand but greyish sand covered by legions of brightly coloured umbrellas.  The churches have ceramic-tiled domes.

We then arrived at Amalfi, again a pretty little coastal beachside resort and stopped here for lunch and to rest the saddle sore legs and derrières.  We found a restaurant right on the beach front and I had Caprice salad and Lee had the local delicacy - fish cooked in lemon, herbs and olive oil - delicious! 

We then rode up inland - high up in the hills above Amalfi to Ravello.  There were some very narrow roads up here, and in some parts you had to stop at a red light for 10 mins while the cars coming the other way came through and then it switched.  The benefit of riding mopeds is you don’t have to wait!  Sharon and Leighton White had recommended this place - and we loved it, but couldn’t do it justice due to our tight time frame!  We walked around the beautiful gardens and were mesmerised by the views - didn’t have time for afternoon tea in the restaurant on the cliff tops though!  Next time!!  It took us about 3.5 hours to ride to this point with stops and photos and it took us about 1 hr 15 mins to ride all the way back to Sorrento, drop the mopeds, and run down to catch the ferry - made it by 5 mins!!  A little tight but well worth the adventure.  It is definitely a place to spend a while and enjoy exploring - a week would be great!!
We had a wonderful sunset tonight over the Mediterranean. We also sailed past the Isle of Capri.
Allen asked how I fixed the lens. I tested after joining it back together with sticky tape. The focus does not work so put it fixed at infinity and usually take it at a mid aperture to get some depth of field. Not the greatest fix but worked.

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Carol on

I knew you'd love the Amalfi coast!!! And I'm glad you drove it rather than ferrying around. It is so nice waking up each morning to your adventures and stunning photos. Thanks for taking the time to do this xo

Allen W on

Hi Lee and Jen,
still loving th holiday I come evey night just to go on vacation... thank you...
Very ingenious how you have managed to use the lens... great thing about digital at least you check it ... imagine waiting till you got back to get the film developed!!!!!
Loved th big brass door a couple of days back, such character in the age of the doors and the carving etc...
Keep smiling it keeps them guessing..

Leighton & Sharon on

Glad you guys had some fun on the mopeds, shame you were pushed forvtime. Great view from Ravello ?

Sharyn on

Sounded wonderful, but you are getting lax. No pics for today's edition. oh dear.

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