Thursday, April 19, 2007

April 5th - Today we took a bus down to Positano and Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast. The drive down the Amalfi Coast is wild - very curvy, hilly and narrow. Vehicles often have to slow down or stop to make room for vehicles coming the other way.

Positano was cool - it is built in a ravine leading down to the beach and is more vertical than horizontal. Almost all of the streets are pedestrian only and there are lots of winding stairs that connect the streets between buildings. The bus stops at the top and and we walked down to the beach through the town, stopping at the many fashion shops. The beach was small but nice and we ate lunch at an open air section of place called Bar Mulano Verde. Then we walked back up to the bus stop at the other end of town and rode down to Amalfi.

Amalfi was more car (and therefore more tourist) friendly. There were some interesting back streets and a a huge cathedral that claimed to house the bones of St. Andrew, Christ's first disciple. Afterwards, we caught the bus back to Sorrento, which turned out to be a nightmare. Due to a road being out, the ride back ended up being almost 2 hours long and we were some of the last people on so we ended up standing for most of the ride. In addition, either the AC was out or the bus driver didn't want to use it so it was sweltering. One kid on the ride ended up being sick from the winding ride/heat.

We had dinner at Ristorante Caruoso in Sorrento's central square. The food was mediocre.

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