Amalfi Coast

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When we planned the trip to Rome, we decided that we wanted to do a side trip.  I perused many Italy travel books and watched several videos.  Ultimately, you can’t really go wrong traveling in Italy.  Because it was March, we decided to go south.  During the summer it’s peak season and incredibly hot.  So we figured we take the opportunity to go south when the weather is milder and there are less tourists.

As the Lemon post indicates, we stayed in Sorrento.  It is the end of the Circumvesuviana rail line.  With only a few days, we wanted to make our connections as easy as possible.  We took a high-speed train to Naples and then the local one to Sorrento.  The one thing you need to be careful about is getting on the train from Naples to Sorrento.  There are 2 that start on the same track, but only one goes to Sorrento.  Guess what?  We got on the wrong train.  But lucky for us, some locals asked us where we were going and helped us make the switch. A kind woman wrote “Torre Del Greco” in my guidebook.  We got off there and waited for the next train that said “Tren Sorrento” on the front.    The tricky thing is that all of the guidebooks warn you about pickpockets and strangers pretending to be helpful and then taking advantage of you.  So it’s hard to navigate the innocent help of strangers while you’re keeping your guard up.

Our full day on the Amalfi Coast was spent taking the bus to Positano and Amalfi.  The photo above is of Positano.  The “all Amalfi” bus pass cost 7.20 euro for the day.  It was one of the most beautiful bus rides I have ever been on.  We originally were going to stop in Positano first, but we weren’t sure when to get off the bus.  So we went all the way to Amalfi first.  The road hugs the side of the mountains.  In some places the cars need to back up so the buses can get through.

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While in Amalfi we toured the church.  The Cathedral of Amalfi has the Crypt of St Andrew, Cloister of Paradise, Basilica of the Crucifix and the Cathedral itself.  Apparently the head and other bones of Saint Andrew, Jesus’ first disciple, are housed there.  Hmm…  It was a beautiful church and was well worth the visit.

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Above: a view from the outside.

Below: inside the Cathedral.

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We had a little lunch and then got on the bus and headed back to Positano.  The first photo is looking down over the town, where you get off the bus.  We decided to just follow the road and see where it led.  Positano is a beautiful town perched on the mountainside.  There are cute little shops and restaurants as you make your way down to the sea.  On our way, we stopped at a pottery shop where my sister-in-law found a beautiful bowl and plate.  I got a matching mug.  There were several stores selling various lemon-themed products.  This is where I bought some lemon candies to bring back for my students.  By the way, they were surprised that I thought of them while on vacation and did like the candy.

From the top of the town, it looks like quite a walk down to the beach.  But it actually wasn’t bad to walk in either direction.  When we got to the beach we encountered this scene:

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We walked back up to the bus stop and waited patiently in the glorious sunlight for the bus.  I think I could just ride that bus all day.  It’s just stunning scenery.  So here’s another photo.  This post has a lot of photos, but really, I’m restraining myself…

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