Saturday, September 18, 2010

Amalfi Coast in three days, part 1

If there was any place Bob and I wanted to visit together in Italy, it was the Amalfi Coast. It had been on our bucket list for the last few years. The stunning coastline, picturesque villages clinging to cliffs overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean.... Ahhh, breaththtaking!




When our group was deciding on whether to go to Italy or Spain after our time in France, Bob pushed for the Amalfi Coast. Thankfully, the others were easy to convince. Spain would have to be for another time--hopefully.

Amalfi Coast is located in Campania, Southern Italy in the Sorrentine Peninsula. We decided to make Sorrento our base as it was recommended by several online articles and discussions. We were glad we did. Sorrento, although not along the same coast, had a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty, shops, food, transport and accommodations. It was also less expensive to stay there than in the resort towns of Amalfi Coast, and provided easy access to the region.

Amalfi Coast Map by James Martin, (About.com: Italy Travel)

With only three days together in Campania, we planned an itinerary that allowed us to experience the Amalfi Coast and surrounding areas by both land and water:


Day 1, explored Sorrento. Our original plan was to go boating around the Isle of Capri on the first day, but due to rough waters brought about by the rains, we stayed in Sorrento instead. Sorrento had many interesting shops along narrow alleys and on main roads. I think Bob and I did the most shopping for souvenirs and pasalubong (presents) here of all the places we visited. We found a good pizza place there too called Franco's, and had good gelato.




Sorrento


Day 2, took a day tour of the Amalfi Coast by land. We made a prior reservation with a rental company that provided us with a Mercedes Benz van and a driver for 350 . Split among the seven of us, the price seemed reasonable, considering that it took us to three towns--Positano, Amalfi and Ravello--and a couple of stopovers along the way.








Taking the public bus would have been a lot cheaper, but it could be very crowded at peak seasons or hours. We wanted to see a lot of places in a short time and renting a van was the more efficient way to go. Driving on very narrow winding roads along the coast was quite an experience in itself. You gotta respect those drivers.



Ceramics galore!


Amalfi



Amalfi Coast, at last we've seen you with our own eyes and you did not disappoint. Now we can take you off our bucket list.


Positano


(To be continued)
Previous, To Sorrento!



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