If you’re reading this you must have some interest in what we’re up to in Italy. I’m not sure, though, that you will have this much interest. You see, I snapped over 135 images. Don’t worry. I will only subject you to 23 of them. Trying to whittle down to a smaller number of images was so difficult because it is so beautiful here. At every turn there’s a photo opp. At the end of the day, I turned to Clint and said, “I have to stop. We’ve reached a point where we have so many photos it will be overwhelming.” It is a good kind of overwhelming, you know. Ah, la dolce vita.
So, on with today’s story …
Clint had read a review on TripAdvisor of a Canadian-Italian woman who provides walking tours of Positano. So we descended down the approximately 1,000 steps into the town and met her, along with two other couples (one from Brisbane, Australia, and the other from L.A.) and spent two hours touring the town on foot and learning a bit more about its history and culture. The teacher in me wants to retell it all to you, but the fact of the matter is that you must make your way to Positano yourself someday. In preparation for the trip, we read, watched videos, looked through hundreds of photos, talked to friends who had visited. None of it really prepared us for the unique and magical nature of this charming town set against the Mediterranean.
Through our photos and their captions, though, perhaps you’ll get a bit more of a sense of the area.
As we toured the town, we learned that there was a Roman villa in Positano that was lost in time. The eruption of Vesuvius and the subsequent rain and mud/ash slides covered the villa and it wasn’t discovered until 2004 – sealed up and lost for 2,083 years. The chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta (above) was built – unknowingly, along with the rest of Positano – on top of the villa. There is a small window in the floor behind the low altar looking down into part of the villa. We couldn’t go there to see it, but we assume the Pope could if he were in town. You can dig a little deeper into this story here.
After our tour of the town and our delicious lunch, we boarded a passenger ferry for the short trip up the coast to Amalfi. Amalfi has a deeper port and cruise ships dock there sometimes, but it is a bit smaller than Positano. A map may be helpful:
Amalfi was a cute little village and we were glad to be able to explore it some. If we had a lot more time there are so many more villages to visit along the coast. But one always needs a reason to come back, so we can add that to the list of many reasons to revisit the area again someday, possibly.
So, there you have it … lots of little tidbits you couldn’t live without from the Amalfi Coast. Our next day is much more calm as we round out our time in Positano. Then we’ll be heading off to Capri after one more night.