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Published: October 23rd 2013
Isle of Capri and Amalfi Coast Italy 18 and 19 October 2013
From Pompeii, we got up early and did some admin work, called Kerrie & Adam and headed for Sorrento which is the start of the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
Travelling 6 kms in 30 minutes will give you an idea of the road we drove on – windy, lots of people, lots of cars, including double parking, so slow going. The scenery of the coast however, was magnificent. I was clicking away with the camera when there were no trees to obstruct my view.
We finally got to Sorrento at about 10.15am after leaving Pompeii at 9.15am (30 kms), found a park and headed for the Port so that we could catch a Jet Ferry to Capri. We bought a ticket for the 11.35am ferry but just caught the 10.45am ferry. We were almost the last ones on. The trip took about 20 minutes. The day was absolutely magnificent – clear skies, gentle breeze, sun shining and about 23 degrees.
The Capri Town port was hellishly busy. It was such a tight space, up against the white rocky mountains, there were cars competing for position,
tourist guides touting for business, retail people wanting you to buy and taxi drivers offering their services. We ended up deciding o0n catching a tour on a boat that motored around the Island.
We chose a tour that took just over an hour. The tour guide was so funny with his descriptions of the sights we saw. The tour guide made sure the boat ducked into caves along the coast, sited houses on the cliff that belonged to people like Sofia Loren, spotted a road that was called “Mamamia Road” which hung onto the side of a cliff, hence the name and went through archways and around small islands!!
The sea was so calm it was beautiful. We couldn’t get into the underground “Blue Cave” because it was high tide and there was 2 hours of boats waiting ahead of us so we decided to skip it.
Arriving back at the harbor, we hopped onto a local bus and went to Anacapri, the second town of the Island. This was after a lovely lunch on the port. While eating, we watched the car ferry arrive and depart. What chaos. We though all the network of cars would
still be parked on the wharf. But not so. There was a method in their disorganized system. It was so funny to watch all the Italian drivers jostling for position (including busses and a truck). We understood that the return car ferry left of time!!!
Anacapri is at a higher elevation so the views were magnificent. We walked around the town then took a soft-top convertible taxi back to Capri. That was a good bit of fun. We then caught the funicular back down to the Port and returned to Sorrento to pick up our motor home.
We had a fantastic day – great weather, new sites, beautiful food, wine and coffee, a bit of history and travelled in all the different public transport methods on offer.
We then had to navigate our way on the very windy coastal road, to our camp site. Tom drove and I took the photos. What an experience. I was ooing and ahhing at the scenery and Tom was ohing and sh…ting at the number hairpin bends and Italian drivers. We stopped on the way for a couple of food supplies and diesel and arrived at Camping Nettuno at
about 6.00pm. The camp site was perched on the side of a cliff with a private path down to the beach. We did some email work and then had dinner at the restaurant. There was a 40-something guy playing the piano during our meal.
That night there was a full moon and clouds which formed a ring around the moon. It was beautiful.
The next morning, we drove the rest of the stunning Amalfi Coast line before heading towards the far eastern coast of Italy. We were going to have the next 3 days of long driving to get to the Dolomites which we did not see when Kerrie & Gemma was with us.
The memory of day in Capri was going to stay with us for a long time.
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