aside Gronda And Friend Say Ciao For Now To the Amalfi Coast, Part VII

Praiano watchtower is studio for artist, Paolo Sandulli
Praiano watchtower is studio for artist, Paolo Sandulli
Watchtower Praiana
Watchtower Praiana

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.

Friends we met, Donna and Lynn
Friends we met, Donna and Lynn

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.amalficoastmap 00

Here is a review with some photos capturing our Amalfi Coast travels:

PRAIANO

AMALFI MAP 1c359de448d545113411c9cad0522303For 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.

Vivaro Wine Bar. Praiano
Vivaro Wine Bar. Praiano
Praiano Mare di Praia is surrounded by two clliffs
Praiano Mare di Praia is surrounded by two cliffs

 

Hotel Onda Verde, Praiano
Hotel Onda Verde, Praiano
Hand built town Praiana
Hand built town Praiana
Praiana
Praiana
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Praiano nightlife. Africana Nightclub
Praiano nightlife. Africana Nightclub

ammalfi praiano 87 africana-famous-beach POSITANO

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.

Positano
Positano
Positano
Positano
Lights of Positano at night
Lights of Positano at night

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Positano

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LA TAGLIATA, Via Monsignor Vito Talamo, Positano Phone: +39 089 875872
Ravello, Cumpà Cosimo Via Roma, 44, 0039 089 857988
Ravello, Cumpà Cosimo Via Roma, 44, 0039 089 857988

RAVELLO

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:

Ravello
Ravello
Beautiful small town Ravello
Beautiful small town Ravello upward climb to Villa Cimbrone
Villa Cimbrone
Villa Cimbrone
Villa Rufolo
Villa Rufolo
Bell Tower of Church St. Panteleone; painting by Chris Apel
Bell Tower of Church St. Panteleone; painting by Chris Apel

 

Torello fireworks, Ravello
Torello fireworks, Ravello
Ravello concert
Ravello concert

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Villa Cimbrone
Villa Cimbrone

AMALFI retains its character, charm and beauty of the other Amalfi towns, without succumbing to being overly touristic. 

St. Andrew Church
St. Andrew Church
amalfi cloisters
amalfi cloisters
AMALFI WATERFRONT
AMALFI WATERFRONT
AMALFI
AMALFI
Café in the center of Amalfi facing the cathedral
Café in center of Amalfi facing the cathedral

Amalfi Museo della Carta

CAPRI

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.

CAPRI
CAPRI
Capri Center of town, Piazza Umberto or La Piazetta
Capri Center of town, Piazza Umberto or La Piazetta
ANA CAPRI ALEX MUNTHES GARDENS
ANA CAPRI ALEX MUNTHES GARDENS
ANACAPRI
ANACAPRI
Capri
Capri
Blue Grotto, Capri
Blue Grotto, Capri
Ristorante-Giorgio-Al-Cucciolo, Anacapri
Ristorante-Giorgio-Al-Cucciolo, Anacapri

SORRENTO

Sorrento waterfront
Sorrento waterfront

 

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.

 

Sorrento
Sorrento
Sorrento streets
Sorrento streets
Sorrento sea view from café
Sorrento sea view from café
Sorrento Café
Sorrento Café
Villa Oriana Relais in Sorrento
Villa Oriana Relais in Sorrento. lemon grove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    • Dear Ekasringa, Again, Grazie Mille!!! I am very appreciative of your taking the time to read my travel postings and thanks for this reblog. Thanks again, Gronda

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