brief travelogue from Amalfi coast
Favorite thing: We have gone there now, and returned. I wrote a travelogue which all my friends either loved, or they lied about it. I placed it on my website, and hope someone may draw a benefit from it. The segment about Amalfi coast is about 1/2 way down. The entire article takes about 10 minutes to read.
Fondest memory: Driving the road from Salerno to Sorrento
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
Favorite thing: Be aware that if you order seafood it will probably come to your table with its head still on. If you are not used to your food looking at you while you eat, this may be a surprise. Some dishes came with a large crustacean as decoration, looking as though he might just crawl off your plate.
No wasted space!
Favorite thing: There's no wasted space in Amalfi! When you view the countryside every available piece of land is used for some purpose. They seem to have figured out how to plant something regardless of the terrain.
Favorite thing: You might wonder why everyone says "You HAVE to go to Positano / Amalfi coast", and yet can't exactly give you a true reason. Well, it is because the place has a certain charm that you can't describe. Sure, there are bars and a club or two, but that’s never the reason someone tells you to come here. It’s the mountains melding with the sea. It’s the winding staircases that never end. It’s the restaurants on the water, the local bands serenading you as you eat the fabulous seafood. It’s all of these things plus the thousand other things that you can't possibly describe. You have to see it, feel it for yourself.
First view of Amalfi
Favorite thing: Our first view of Amalfi was as we dropped down the hill path from Atrani - its smaller neighbour, also worth a visit.
The sunbeds all arranged in typical uniform italain style, the trees on the promenade and the coastline stretching beyond was a colourful sight indeed.
Enjoy the sun
Favorite thing: preparing some food and having a picnic on the beach is the best way to enjoy.
Fondest memory: There are so many families having fyn there. Swimming, having sunbath, and seeing people having fun. At that moment, it seems that all my worries have flied far away~~~
Sky high views.
Favorite thing: This is one of the most gorgeous places I have been in the world. The views from the cliffs and mountains are stunning. The Isle of Capri is everything the song says it is. No wonder Sophia Loren has her home perched on these cliffs.
Fondest memory: We are hoping to go back for an extended vacation. These are places that you have to explore on foot and at your leisure. Nothing beats that early morning espresso on a patio looking out over the Mediterranian.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Fondest memory: Sitting on the steps of the cathedral was a nostalgic fond memory as I recalled sitting here on these same steps 18 years before as a young bride....ahhh. It also puts the size of the cathedral into perspective. In case you are wondering there are 57 steps up to the cathedral.
Today the cathedral is a popular place for wedddings and many brides can be seen posing on the steps in this stunning setting for their wedding pictures....but this photographer still only had eyes for his bride ;-)
Favorite thing: If the subject of the paper making interests you, you can learn more details about the industry at the Museo della Carta, Via Valle dei Mulini. It's filled with antique presses and yellowing manuscripts from yesterday. There is a small charge to enter - perhaps something for a rainy day.
- Museum Visits
Favorite thing: For the most scenic walk in Amalfi, start at Piazza del Duomo and head up Via Genova. This classic stroll will take you through the narrow street of Amalfi with its joined arches overhead to the Valle dei Mulini (the Valley of the public is said to have acquainted Italy with the use of paper). You'll pass by fragrant gardens and scented citrus groves and eventually the remains of the old paper mills
- Hiking and Walking
Cathedral of St Andrew
Favorite thing: The dominating feature of the main square of Amalfi of course is the amazing cathedral, dedicated to Saint Andrew - much more info in the must see section. A visit here is the main attraction of Amalfi. Photographing the cathedral is a bit of an art in itself - guess a wide angle lens would be a good idea!
Favorite thing: Picturesque Amalfi, its churches, towers and arcaded houses rising above a small harbour, once vied as an ancient maritime republic with Genoa, Pisa and Venice. The town's cathedral with its richly coloured facade dominates the main square.
- Spa and Resort
Favorite thing: The beach always looked busy at Amalfi and the beach umbrellas added a splash of colour to the landscape too. A beautiful setting for such a wide expanse of sand.
Umbrellas and sunbeds are available for hire here.
Watch the road not the scenery while driving.
Favorite thing: The scenery is absolutely magnetic. The water is so blue, the sky was too but that could be just the day. I spent most of the day with my mouth open, no not eating although I did have a fabulous lunch at a waterside restaurant in Amalfi itself. I was in awe about everything there.
Fondest memory: The town square was pretty exciting. Heaps of activity with street sellers of cards, trinkets and plaques. Just great for present shopping, interesting shops and laneways, nooks and crannies.
- Adventure Travel
Favorite thing: It's a beautiful town, crowded (of course!), but the people are friendly, more so if you speak a little Italian. The Duomo is beautiful!
Fondest memory: My best memory is choosing a name plate for our home in the ceramics shop. The proprietor was very nice and promised to mail the plaque when it was finished---which she did. We received it about a month after I returned home.
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