Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Our Week in Italy (Part Three)

The Amalfi Coast drive. One of the most beautiful coastlines in the world! Everywhere you look there are postcard worthy views. I wanted to take more, but there aren't that many places to stop. It winds around the mountains, with breathtaking views at every turn.

This is one of the places where we could stop and take photos:

You can look straight down to the sea below:

On that day the sea was sparkling in the sun. It was so beautiful!

You drive for miles, then you come to towns perched on the hills. The most well known towns are Positano and Amalfi. Smaller towns along the way include Praiano, Vettiga Maggiore, Furore, Agerola, and Conca dei Marini. Don't you love those Italian names?

Here we are in Positano:

Take your time, strolling through the streets of town. There are small hotels, shops, restaurants. (Note the many motorbikes, they are a way of life here!)

Cafes with the most gorgeous views. You want to stop at every one of them. Have a glass of wine, or a limoncello.

Every town has its church. This duomo is covered with majolica:

After Positano, we drove to Amalfi.

For two centuries (roughly 800-1000 AD) Amalfi was a major maritime power in the Mediterranean. We didn't get to see much of Amalfi, because it was getting late in the day, and we had to drive back to Sorrento.

But we were ready to sit down and have a meal. We didn't stop at this place (below) but I loved their sign:

We didn't eat here either, but I loved the fact that they had their laundry hanging out, over the outdoor eating area:

This is where we relaxed over a leisurely meal, with a bottle of wine at each end of the table (not too much for the drivers, though. We had to drive back to Sorrento for the night!).

That was our day on the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Next post: the island of Capri... a day on the water.