In this part I tell you about my trip to Maiori in the South of Italy and to Amalfi and Positano.
We left on May 28 quite early and arrived about 6 in the afternoon (geez I was so tired!). We traveled all Italy long since I’m from the North and stopped a few times at the rest stops while on the highway.
Maiori is a small town on the coast and the streets to access the town, are not small, minuscule! If you’re used to American streets well… you probably have some problems driving there (I mean I’m used to Italian traffic and it was quite an experience for me too… I need to say we were on the bus so even worst!). The worst part was when we encounter cars from the other way and motorcycles surpassed us. I don’t know how many “almost-head-ons” we had. Anyway, after this scary drive we arrived at our hotel and had dinner (I never eaten so well during a vacation in a hotel as during this one, and I am very picky). Pasta with zucchini and shrimps and fried fish, yummy! and obviously dessert.
The next day we took a boat to go to Amalfi which is about 20 minutes by boat from Maiori. Maybe someone likes the town but what I find beautiful of this part of Italy is the coast, you see all the very small beaches, the houses and buildings up on the hills are quite beautiful, too. And the blue of the sea… We enjoyed the journey, I was at the top of the boat so I could take good pictures but gosh! The sun was so annoying!! I forgot my cap at the hotel… but well I sunbathed a little bit.
We stayed there all morning, visited the Duomo and listened to the guide talk about the old Amalfi.
The town of Amalfi was the capital of the maritime republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200. Amalfi is the main town of the coast on which it is located, named Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast), and is today an important tourist destination together with other towns on the same coast, such as Positano, Ravello and others. Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
A patron saint of Amalfi is Saint Andrew, the Apostle, whose relics are kept here at Amalfi Cathedral (or Duomo) which you can see in the picture above.
Just before noon we moved to Positano, always by boat and then had lunch in a restaurant on the beach (I had to keep my sunglasses on!!). I ate magically here too! We stayed there to visit the town that goes up on the hill all afternoon (I had quite a work out).
In the evening we went back to Maiori again, did the suitcase and slept. The next day we move to Pozzuoli to catch the ferry and moved to Ischia.
Here the photo albums of this part of the trip.
To be continued… in part 2