We decided to walk from Positano to the next town, Praiano which is 8 km (5 miles) away. The walk is on the main road along the coast, a lot of it high on the cliff face. The scenery is spectacular with lots of villas and hotels for the rich and famous. You have to be careful though as the road is narrow in places and the buses and cars can come fast and close. Also because of the limited parking in Positano, the locals park their cars on the approach roads. We went on a Saturday and it is even more interesting as the motor bike riders are out - they all think they are Valentino Rossi in their leathers and leaning into the corners. We were told on Sundey there are even more!! However, it's well worth the walk. The photo here is looking back to Positano. If you look at the top of the hill in the middle of the photo, that is the main cemetery of Positano. What a spot, close to heaven and with the best view in town. About halfway to Praiano, is the Hotel San Pietro, where rooms in season are from $800 to $2,000 per night. For those of you interested in getting married or redoing their vows, it has its own chapel. When you book it don’t forget to include your friends, ie us!!!
The walk to Praiano took us close to 2 hrs
After lunch we walked around the town for a while and then took the bus back to Positano which took less than 20 min. The drivers know every bend and go as fast as they can – blind corners, just beep and go.
Sunday we were a bit tired but knew that if we did not walk, we would both seize up. So down the hill to the waterfront looking at places for Sue to sketch, and then a long slow climb back to the Villa. On the way we bought our flowers which are shown in the photos.
Earlier, in our stay we went to Ravello which is in the hills above Amalfi. The day had been cold and foggy so we did not see much. We decided to go back
There are a number of villas which can be visited and show the recent history of the area. Unfortunately, generally access to the inside is limited but they all have magnificent grounds. One is Villa Eve which is now owned by one of the hotels and used for weddings and other functions. The main villa in the town is Villa Cimbrone which overlooks the whole coastline, see the following for details http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Cimbrone It had gone into ruin until redeveloped in the early 20th centurt by an Englishman, Lord Grimthorpe
Rather than take the bus, we had decided to walk back to Amalfi but needed sustenance first, choosing the terrace restaurant in the Hotel Rufolo. The food was excellent and the service first rate with incredible views.
Then for the walk back to Amalfi. This took about 75 min and although it was downhill, there were a huge number of stairs. It zigzagged down the cliff face, through lemon orchards and vegetable gardens terraced out of the hillside. Besides often being able to look out to sea and down the coastline, the other feature of the walk are the little hill-towns. The walk takes you through a little coastal village of Atrani which is next to Amalfi. We were pretty tired by the time we got to Amalfi but felt we had achieved something. Caught the ferry back to Positano where Sue took the bus back up the hill and Renze had the pleasant task of having to do some shopping and carrying the groceries up more bloody hills and steps!!
Praiano and Back to Ravello
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Positano, Campania, Italy