The Amalfi Coast... via L'Aquilla
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After visiting Pisa, Florence, Verona and Venice, we knew we had 3 days left to get ourselves to Naples, so we decided to head straight down to the Amalfi Coast and Pompei and spend our remaining time exploring this corner of Italy. It actually took a bit more time to make our way south than we had anticipated, so we stopped in L'Aquilla along the way to break up the driving... and what a charming place! Coming across a random hotel run by a mother and son, we checked in and drove into the city centre to have a little look around. Really pretty! But the best aspect of this part of the trip was the food in the hotel's restaurant (which was heaving with locals).
For starters, the owners had taken a shine to us because the mother had once been to Australia (we're talking 30 years ago) and wanted to tell us in her broken English that she loved all Australians (score one for the Aussies!).
Driving to L'Aquilla was also a treat in itself as the road cut through some stunning mountain ranges... sometimes winding around them, sometimes ploughing through in long tunnels. We had finally shaken off the fog that had descended around Venice and for a good half a day's drive out of the city too, making the vistas all the more beautiful.
Then it was on to the famous Amalfi Coast for us as we tried to make it as far along the treacherous roads as we could before it became too dark to find a hotel. Being in a largish car, we took things pretty easy around the hairpin bends, but sheer drops down the cliff roads didn't stop other motorists from whizzing by us at ridiculous speeds. We actually saw a Panda take a corner on two wheels it was going so fast! Despite beepings from behind, though, we kept at a pace more fitting of wanting to live to see another day and ended up in lovely Minori for the night.