We decided to take a trip along the coast to Amalfi but as the ferry was not operating due to the rough sea, we had to go by bus. A day pass costs €7.60 which allows you to travel on the SIta bus, all day, along the coast from Sorrento to Solerno. The road is narrow and on the side of the cliffs overlooking the ocean, so a little scary but incredibly spectacular. The trip from Positano to Amalfi was about 45 min. Amalfi was the main town in this region about 1000 years ago. The centre of the town is St Andrew's Cathedral which overlooks the main square. The remains of the apostle, Andrew were brought here in 1206 and are buried in the crypt under the church.
The main part of the town itself is really one street starting at the square and running partially into a ravine
After going through the Cathedral and wandering around the town, we had a light lunch at the Taverna degli Apostoli which is actually under the church. It was originally a jail. Family run, friendly, good food and we really enjoyed the décor.
In the afternoon we decided to catch the bus to Ravello which is a town in the hills above Amalfi. From the time we started to ascend into the hills, we were shrouded in fogs which by the time we got to Ravello, was quite thick
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravello_Festival The festival runs from April to October with the highlight being the concerts is in the gardens of Villa Rufolo on a stage that looks as though it hangs over the cliff and is floating on the sea. This had not been set up yet when we visited s all we could do is photograph the gardens. We will be going back but will pick a day when the sun is shining.
The next day we found out the ferries were running and took the 10 am to Salerno. This is a spectacular trip of about 70 min along the coast, stopping at Amalfi and then going on to Salerno. To see the Amalfi coast from the sea is really the only way to appreciate its beauty with the towns and villages, Saracen forts and huge cliffs rising from the sea. We took photo after photo, a selection of which are shown here
Salerno is quite a large city of about 130,000 people. It is a commercial centre but recently has started to attract tourism due to its location being near Pompei and the Amalfi Coast. There is a train from Rome to Salerno and it is probably easier to access either Amalfi or Positano from Salerno by taking the ferry than from either Naples or Sorrento. There are some nice buildings and the city is very much into clothes. Of course, we has to have a bite to eat and Sue found a small restaurant place down a small alley, Malafemma Osteria. Family run, nice place, inexpensive.
We then took the ferry back to Positano – more scenery, more photos.
The walking and climbing was starting to have an effect and so the decision was made to have a lazy day
Of course, having had lunch we had no choice but to walk home, much easier than going up. So although we had eaten well, we felt justified as we had also walked about 10 km during the day. It also meant we only had to have a really light evening dinner at home – couple of pieces of bruschetta.
Enjoy the photos including some at the end which show the
sort of things we do or see everyday.
One great in the whole area is they are really into recycling household garbage. There are five different types of material, different ones of which are collected daily - organics, paper, glass, plastics and aluminum and the rest.
The Coast, Amalfi and Further Afield
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Positano, Campania, Italy