5.17.09 Amazing Amalfi Coast!
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First, we took the Circumvesuviana Train (12E round trip for all of us) from Pompei (near the ruins, across the street from our campground) to
We waited in a long line, since we couldn’t get on the full bus to Amalfi, chatting with a Scottish couple about travel tips. Prepared to wait an hour for the next bus, we were surprised when a bus lady told the line that they were not using that bus stop because they were closing the road. So we all tracked in our orderly line (mostly British and N. American tourists) to another bus about 6 blocks away, boarded the bus and waited, waited for the schedule to allow us to leave. Pack your patience!
“Hair-raising, hyperventilating, and memorable” our the reading said of the coastal drive. While I was glad the to take the bus and not Sugar, I didn’t find the roads particularly steep or difficult.
Plus, we very much enjoyed the folks on our bus Canadian, British, Scottish, Australian, and
We’d jumped off at the small town just after Poisano, which turned out to be a nice stop. We didn’t have many plans for the day, just to experience the drive, see the coastline, and spend a little time in a town and a beach.
We bought some Gatorade at a nearby market for Charles, then hung out in a cool café, drinking a cappuccino and Diet Cokes.
But instead of waiting 20 minutes for the “orange bus” to take us to the spiaggi (beach), we followed old, black steps down, WAY down the cliff side. “Oh, we’ll take the bus back up for sure!” we thought. Of course, you know that this path took us to an isolated rocky beach with no access around to the beach where the bus goes!
The water was lovely- there were many picturesque rental units tucked into the hillside and some families were enjoying the black pebbly small beach areas. We also jumped off the dock where the local restaurant also has a water taxi service, for 200E to
So after playing, we tromped back up the hillside, which required only one or two rest breaks (and we changed into our clothes along the way).
We beat the hourly or so Sunday bus by 10 minutes! Whew! We flagged him down in front of our café (as the kind owner instructed) and Charles snagged a front seat for the ride back, which really helped, along with the A/C working on that bus.
We jumped off at what we all thought was Sorrento Train Station, since it said Circumvesuviana on it, which we knew was our line. Multiple attempts to communicate with the train station dude resulted in us getting on a train, which stopped at the end-of-the-line station of
So we ran across the platform to a train that had people on it and asked 3 of them, getting affirmative that it was correct.
I have learned that with
Lining the road from the train station and across from the ruins (same road) are stands with enormous local lemons! Huge, like as big as a cantelope! They sell fresh, iced lemonade (3E), and bags of local oranges produce the best fresh-squeezed iced OJ. Ahhhh. Molto Bene! (very good!)
We had a lovely day, but are glad to be lazing around in Sugar now.
Speaking of lazing around, we met one lady traveling with 3 friends who said she was ready to break free on her own now- she’d had it with getting up at 4am to catch a train from Rome this morning, plus 4 other forms of miserable transportation today. She wanted to relax on an island.
Another lady on the bus from
It made us so happy that we have the time and flexibility to travel as we like.
Must go- Jazy is serving up tomato slices with the fresh mozzarella that we bought in