Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Amalfi Coast - Positano, Italy

Back in November 2005, I spent 5 wonderful weeks in Italy. It was then that I fell in love with this country, but I also discovered Heaven on Earth - The Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast is located south of Rome right on the Mediterranean Sea. In 2005, we only drove along the coast, but did not actually stay and explore the towns. This trip was my opportunity to see, explore, and fall in love.

May 1 & 2 were holidays in Europe, so we flew into Rome Wednesday night and drove down to the coast on Thursday. The drive was uneventful until we arrived on the coast. The roads are VERY curvy and narrow. I had my GPS with me (nicknamed "Jack") and Jack did great most of the time; however, he thought we needed to take the scenic route at times as well. Julie has those pictures, so I will have to add those soon!

We finally arrived at our hotel and knew this was going to be a fantastic trip. We stayed at the Villa Rosa (thanks Lindsay) and had an incredible room with a terrace overlooking the sea. The weather was PERFECT the entire weekend! It was a little too cool to get into the water, but otherwise, it was incredible.

Check out our view!!

Breakfast was served on the terrace every morning!

On Friday, we took a private boat tour of the coast. We met the boat at 9AM and headed out with about 20 other people on-board. It was so nice to be on the water and looking at the most beautiful scenery you have ever seen. I laughed so hard (secretly) at this little Italian family on-board with us. Check out these typical Italian guys (men in the making).

Loved the collar and the sunglasses!!
This was hysterical...check out the swimsuit!
Julie and I enjoying the beauty of the coast!

Along our little boat ride, we stopped off on the Island of Capri. Wow!! What a beautiful place. We had about 4 1/2 hours to walk around and explore this island. Every direction you walked, incredible views were everywhere! We explored, shopped, had gelato quite a few times and soaked up the sun and nice weather!

After we left Capri, we headed for the Blue Grotto. All I could say was, "oh my goodness, oh my goodness...look at that, Julie, look over there, look at that water, look, look"!!! It was honestly so gorgeous that it took your breath away. I have never seen water so incredibly blue! The pictures do not begin to show you how awesome it really was. We also passed through the Green Grotto which, compared to the Blue Grotto, was very disappointing.

Depending upon the tide and the size of the swells pounding the entrance to the grotto, the guides will ask you to lie down while they pull the boat into the grotto with a chain permanently attached to the cave entrance. Inside the grotto the sea seems to be lit from underwater. It is a magnificent blue color, hence its name. This is due to another opening to the grotto, completely submerged, and the limestone bottom. It allows in sunlight to light the water from below. It was gorgeous!!

After the tour of grottos, we sailed around the coast and just enjoyed the day, the view, had some champagne and snacks, and arrived back to Positano around 6PM! I could not have asked for a more perfect day!

Well, maybe I could....

We chose Saturday to be our relaxing day. I really wanted a day to do absolutely nothing but look out at the view and sit and absorb some sun! That is exactly what we did! The beaches were a bit crowded so we decided to stay on the terrace and take it all in! We read, napped, ordered in lunch, and enjoyed every single minute of it. We did get out for a nice dinner....we were not lazy bums all day!
Julie and I at Cafe Positano!
In order to get such incredible views, you must have elevation, which means lots and lots and LOTS of stairs! We certainly got our workout on this trip! That is how we justified all the gelato and pasta!!

Positano was incredible and we could not have asked for better weather! We had to leave our little paradise and head back to Brussels on Sunday...oh well, back to reality! However, May is a month full of holidays and I am off to Dublin, Ireland this coming weekend!

More adventures coming soon!

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1 comment:

  1. Hey Tipp,

    Those are some great photos. Will you take me there one day. :-)