Amalfi Coast

Trip Start Apr 08, 2012
Trip End Apr 27, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

We woke up to a blue sky & sunshine, woohoo!!!  We had to decide if we were going to take a boat to Capri or a bus to the Amalfi Coast.  After talking to a few people we opted for the Amalfi Coast. 

It’s really easy.  We just had to go to the train station, buy the tickets at the little store (7,20E/ea for 24hr) and stand in the line across the street.  Fortunately the 10:30am bus had not left yet but unfortunately we were at the end of the line & we were not sure we would make it on the bus.  We were the last 2 to make it on the bus :-).  Everyone behind us had to wait another 30 min for the next bus.   I got the last seat but Tony had to stand.   He had the best place in the bus for pictures though as he was standing in the stairs of the back doors & the doors are almost all windows. 

None of the pictures give justice to what we saw.  This must be the most scenic views in the world.  1:30hr trip of which 1hr is riding on very narrow winding roads on top of cliffs with views of villages & the sea.
I’m surprised I didn’t feel sick as the bus constantly stops & goes with sudden jerks.  I think I was too busy “ooing & aahing” at the amazing views.  We frequently had to stop so cars or buses would have to back up & maneuver around us or us around them as you can see in the videos.  About way through Tony was able to get a seat. 

We spent a few hours in Amalfi & had a terrific lunch.  Probably the best Carpaccio we’ve ever had.

It’s hard to imagine how they built right on the cliffs as you can see on the pictures.  It’s beautiful & very impressive.  I thought the town was a bit rundown though & the shops that I saw just carried either the same things as the ones in Sorrento or old very generic clothes & things that I would probably find in any tourist coastal town in the US.  We both much prefer Sorrento.  It was still worth going just for the ride back & forth.

We had a great dinner in Sorrento at Taverna Allegra.  This was the most fun we’ve had at a restaurant since the beginning of our trip.   They gave us the best welcome so far.  The service was excellent & very friendly.  They had a musician walking & singing in between the tables all through the night.  It was very lively & it would be my top recommendation for a restaurant in Sorrento.

We have noticed in Italy that some places welcome you very warmly & some others are not shy to show that they are not thrilled that you’re there or that they couldn’t care less whether you’re there or not. 

First hiccup of our trip.  We found out when we got back to our Hotel that there will be a strike for the train between Sorrento & Naples on Friday.  That’s the day we need to get to Naples to catch our train to Florence :-(.  Thankfully we’ll have tomorrow to figure out a solution.
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