Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Amalfi Coast: The Road Not Driven

Everyone recommends tourists not attempt to drive the Amalfi Coast road. Rather, one should take a tour, a taxi, and simply get a 24 hour pass on the local bus from Sorrento to Salerno. We opted for the latter--ensuring I'd get to see some of it and Vicki would not have a heart attack--taking the train to Sorrento and then the Sorrento-Salerno bus. It was a hoot. The day began sunny but later turned cloudy and hazy. Not so good for photographs, but just fine for seeing in person. Plus we had a most memorable lunch in Amalfi.
One of the wilder parts of the coast, before
Positano




















The islands here mark the end of the Bay of Naples and the
Bay of Salerno; they used to belong to Rudolf Nuryev
















Our bus ride was interrupted, pleasantly, by a stop to let a
cycling competition pass
















Another view up the coast toward Sorrento















Positano coming into view; the natural aspect of the coast,
when you can see it, is impressive enough; the human,
built aspect--the road, buildings, etc.--nearly overshadows
the natural


















Positano, vertical city















One of the many ancient towers along the way, built
to warn of approaching Saracen pirates















Looking back toward Positano















Amalfi (some of it)















12th century church at Amalfi




















One of our best lunches ever, at Il Tari in
Amalfi, the paccheri with veal, tomatoes,
onion, provola and pecorino cheese, basil,
etc. I may have to become a pasta fan






















The beach at Amalfi; nothing to write home about















Statue of local hero, Flavio Gioia (no relation
to Dana), who improved the compass




















Typical traffic encounter--and why I didn't drive

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