The Amalfi Coast
Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
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The place we booked was in Atrani, a small village less then a kilometre from Amalfi town itself. A fabulous spot away from the hordes but close enough to run to the shop for picnic supplies
Our accommodation was great, only steps from the beach and a plethora of fine restaurants and cafes to stop in at. Our room even had what seemed like a toilet in the shower (see picture), just in case the mood struck. After settling in and checking out the towns, we relaxed for a fabulous (and reasonably priced) dinner mere feet from the Mediterranean. Oh and it is only in the mid-20's here, so it didn't feel like we were melting all day.
The next day we got up and decided to head to Positano. It is easily the most expensive and fashionable town on the coast. Where we found tacky souvenir shops in Amalfi, we found designer clothing stores and posh jewelry shops in Positano. We were quickly priced out of the town although it was understandable why it is the most photographed town on the coast. Positano is positively beautiful. After missing our first bus back, we were unable to fit on the second, so we waited for the third now about an hour and a half later. There are no holds barred on these buses
Our third day there we decided to head out for a hike up into the hills. Unfortunately the trails here are not marked very well and we ended up not getting too far before we hit a dead end. The views were great from where we ended up and the weather was fabulous so we took what came our way and we were very pleased. We headed back into town for some refreshments and a rest. We attempted to go to a few shops but we can't seem to figure out the opening hours. We were in a store at 1:37 and the owner said we only had one minute because he was closing... at 1:38 apparently. The grocery store by our room opened that evening at 5:17. They are definitely pretty laid back, even with their shop hours.
As I was working on this later on, Megan headed out to get some supplies for our dinner plans later that night. As a result we have decided that Meg is not allowed to be anywhere in this country without me again. She is finding it difficult to get down the block without a suave Italian gentleman moving in with flowers, the odd proposal, and even bruschetta. Yes, bruschetta. Apparently one of Megan's admirers is a guy who runs the café across from our accommodation
Our last day we figured that we would try to manage a hike as the day was cool enough for such an endeavour. We headed out behind Amalfi into the Valle delle Ferriere. It heads to a XIV century iron foundry where craftsmen worked their trade until the beginning of the XX century. That was when the foundry was closed and the valley was abandoned. Along the way are seemingly countless ruins of old paper mills, farmhouses, and the foundry itself. Most of the way was on a stone walkway that seemed like the Amalfi version of the Great Wall as it went on for quite a ways. It was a great treat to get out of the touristy streets and have what felt like endless wilderness all to ourselves, and all within a few kilometres of the town. It was a perfect end to our time here. The Amalfi coast is a gorgeous place that has so much to offer, it is just too bad that so many others are aware of this as well. Tomorrow we catch a ferry (we are done with the buses here) to Sorrento!
Megan and Kevin