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Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi June 17th 2018

The last two days were really amazing. On Friday we arrived in Amalfi, the very famous coastline where the houses are simply built into the cliff to present a stunning picture of the Italian coastline. We took a ferry from Amalfi to Positano, a little fishing village up the coast one-half hour. There we spent the day looking in shops and having a little wine and pizza. Coming from the panhandle of Florida where the sand is so white, the sand here was strikingly black due to the volcanic soil. On Saturday we docked at the port just outside of Rome. Sophie and I both visited the main sites in Rome, so we chose to take a bus into the city and explore some artwork by the artist Caravaggio, which are located in two churches in ... read more
St. Peters Basilica

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi October 8th 2017

Good morning, or should i say Bon-journo we got up to see the sun rise this morning, and had scrambled eggs for breakfast with fried bread as there is no toaster Delicio !! today we have a car with driver to take us around the amalfi coast and then to pompei 250 euro for 9 hrs a fair bit of money but its just the 2 of us in the car and we can stop and start wherever we want to. we drove over the hill from Sorrento to the coast on the other side of the peninsula and stopped a few tomes for pictures before getting to Positano a small town on the edge of the cliffs the driver called it a vertical town we walked down heaps of steps (the locals must be fit) ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi September 21st 2017

It took a bit of maths...not so easy after a couple of wines/beer...we needed to be up really early to catch the train to Sorrento before the queues started for the bus to Amalfi... and just as well we did as we certainly left quite a queue behind.. The bus took 2 hours over the peninsula and the views both sides was fantastic...who actually needed to go see Amalfi?? But that was a bonus too.. We wandered through the narrow streets & stalls & hundreds of people. Into the 9th century Duomo (San Andre) which dominated the small fishing town. Down the waterfront to the boats & admired the town from across the bay while we put our feet in the water. A very picturesque day...& the weather was perfect as most of the haze had ... read more
Amalfi under the steep cliffs
Further up the Amalfi coastline
Cattedrale Duomo 9th Century

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi May 20th 2017

Our last day in San Lazzaro and we have planned to travel by bus down to the town of Amalfi. The heart says drive, the head says go by bus. The bus wins out this time. We need to buy our tickets so we head off to the bar. They had some for Amalfi the other day. Sorry you need to get them from the news agent. Not a problem. This time we have tickets for there and back. The bus leaves at 14:20. We leave our options open for the return. Maybe 17:00 or 19:00 depending on what we find to do. We now have a few hours to fill in so time to explore the town of San Lazzaro a bit more. Shops are all open, a man has his garage open will all ... read more
San Lazzaro

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi May 8th 2017

Geo: 40.6344, 14.6026One of the surprising highlights of Amalfi was the Duomo (cathedral). The exterior, with its gold leaf decoration, caught the afternoon sun brilliantly. Inside, the 13th century Paradise Cloister had a Moorish feel with intertwined arches supported by 120 slim columns... very elegant combined with the Mediterranean garden in its centre.I nearly didn't enter the Crypt, as my previous experiences with these have been austere and solemn spaces. This was quite different - this crypt is the real heart of the Amalfi Duomo, highly decorated and revered as it is where the relics of St. Andrew are kept. The marble columns and mosaic floor, the colorful frescoes and the bronze sculptures make for a really beautiful and special place.The Amalfi locals were dressed in their very finest as we walked past the Cathedral on ... read more
Amalfi Duomo cloisters
Crypt of St Andrew
First Communion

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi May 7th 2017

Geo: 40.6344, 14.6026First up today was a walk up to the hilltop town of Ravello. But Amalfi, as with all these villages that have houses clinging to steep rock, they are an interesting exercise to navigate through. There are tiny passageways that thread between and under buildings, narrow steps winding around corners and up cliffs.If you take the correct route through this maze of alleyways, you very quickly arrive in Atrani and from then it is up and up the steps to Ravello. It seemed that we would never stop climbing the steps and the walking poles (first time I have used them) did help. Views galore as we ascended and finally got to the top. We visited two well known Ravello gardens. First up was Villa Cimbrone with its quirky statuary and inscriptions, and a ... read more
Villa Cimbrone
Interesting statue
Villa Rufalo

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi April 29th 2017

Capri We boarded the boat at nine and three days later we docked at Capri, or that's what it seemed. We were among the last to board so we sat inside while those who had pushed and shoved sat in the sun. The boat rocked, the people held on, we enjoyed the scenery, the boat rolled, the folk out in the sun on the stern got soaked, we enjoyed the scenery, the boat corkscrewed and people were using the barf bags while we were comfortable with the ride. We took a cab up to Ana Capri where we found nothing but shops. Stopped for a cappuccino to warm up as the wind felt like it came from the North Sea. Not much to see there so we took a cab down to Capri to visit the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi April 28th 2017

I'm too old for this stuff. Smooth flight on Alitalia with more than a couple screaming children who acted up for hours, literally. The worst airline meal ever served didn't help. Originally had an empty seat next to me but was soon joined by Carol who had issues with her seat mate. We got along well but my fantasy of stretching out disappeared. Some bozo had booked our flight to Naples with an hour in between. We had an escort guide us to the gate which was a good thing because I would never have found it alone. It was over a mile away. Heaving and panting we cleared passport control then boarded a bus that would take us to the plane. Since it was on the tarmac I had to lug my carryon up the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi April 12th 2017

Italy Day 13, Sunday, October 16, Positano, Amalfi Coast and boat trip, lunch in Scala Today we embarked on a full day bus tour of the Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by a trip inland up to Scala and Ravello. Some of us had already visited Positano, seeing that part of the coast and the colorful buildings clinging to the steep hillsides from a local bus, but one visit is not near enough so we are reminded we must to go back and see it again with fresh eyes. Our first stop was on the coast above Positano offering us post card views, and an option to purchase lemons, chili peppers, herbs and lace from the roadside vendors. There is a lot of traffic on this dangerous coastal road offering opportunities for people ... read more
View of the Amalfi Coast from the Bay of Sorrento from our GCT boat trip.
Inside the beautiful Amalfi Cathedral, Amalfi, Italy
Scala, Italy overlooking the Bay of Naples

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi June 27th 2016

The Carabinieri would not let me drive Skippy to Amalfi. So I took the bus. That gave me a chance to sit back and take in the scenery as well as take some photos as the bus travelled from the city of Sorrento along a spectacularly rocky bit of coast to the holiday village of Amalfi. Why anyone would holiday there I do not know, but if you talk something up enough, then spendthrifts who need to be seen will not be put off by the fact that its half meter wide beach is made of rocks, or its inaccessibility, or its mountain goat trails from accommodation to amenities, or its being overpriced. Amalfiā€™s one attraction is the ride to get there. Most places in the world where mountains drop vertically into the sea are in ... read more
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