Parting with such sweet sorrow but with many lovely, treasured moments to day dream about for years to come, we were off to Rome and then soon back to Florida.
This time, the Hotel Onda Manager, Mr. Milano assisted me with booking train tickets on a fast train from Naples to Rome as well as car service from the hotel to the Naples train station. And so, our train travel experience went off without a hitch.
When we did our planning for the 2016 Amalfi Coast trip, we allowed for 6 days, thinking that this was plenty of time to see everything at a relaxed pace. We did our best but there seems to be never enough time.
We visited the towns of Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi, Positano, Ravello while staying in Praiano. Each place has its distinguishing features, and vibes which presented us with awe inspiring beautiful scenery from the deep blue seas of the Mediterranean, sunny skies, several levels of cliffs, an abundance of wild exotic flowers and plants, gorgeous well manicured gardens; winding narrow streets and steps with shops, foodie places, ornamental Italian structures, churches and interesting attractions. These mesmerizing sights keep visitors coming back and this includes me.
Besides Praiano where our hotel was, our favorite towns were Positano (my friend’s choice), Ravello (my choice) and then Amalfi. In the future, I would avoid the crowds at Capri by going directly to their more northern section to begin any sightseeing, Anacapri. I would use Sorrento as a home base if I planned to tour Naples for more than one day.
Here is a review with some photos capturing our Amalfi Coast travels:
For us Praiano was conveniently located midway between Amalfi and Positano where we could dwell in luxury while being enchanted by cliff side stunning sea views at Hotel Onda Verde. There was convenient frequent transportation to the other Amalfi towns by bus and boat systems. There are day side trips to popular destinations like Pompeii. While you will find yourself in a quieter, less touristy place, it is fast becoming a beacon for artists and nature lovers.
Positano is also very popular with the tourists. It has cliffs starting from the sea level harbor to top main square, Piazza dei Mulini which is several meters. It is a village of many steps, shops for the fashionistas, foodie and wine zealots along with art galleries and multiple high end pottery furniture, accent pieces and dishes.
I fell in love with Ravello. I am not alone with this bias. Others before me have made this city world famous for its annual summer music festivals. Ravello attracts music lovers from around the globe.
It is awash in gardens, famous villas, steps, high cliffs and sea views with a dash of sophistication and cultural events.
Here are some more photos of Ravello, the “City of Music” to capture the beauty of this area:
AMALFI retains its character, charm and beauty of the other Amalfi towns, without succumbing to being overly touristic.
Capri has been a favorite destination for years. Its reputation for its fascinating beauty draws crowds of tourists especially in summer. Be prepared for a long wait to see the “Blue Grotto” for less than 5 minutes. To beat the crowds, head to Anacapri by bus from the center of town.
Sorrento is the largest of the Amalfi Coast towns that we toured. It is also a very attractive place to explore but it is full of tourists and souvenir shops. However, it is a great place to use as a launching pad to see the sights of Naples.
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