The Amalfi Coast... via L'Aquilla

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View from our hotel room on the Amalfi Coast

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!).

View from our hotel room on the Amalfi Coast
And her son seemed to want to make sure we ate more than is humanly possible for two people to consume, by bringing out a seemingly endless supply of the kind of food he thought we should sample (all vegetarian at my request). We didn't get a choice, mind, he just kept on serving up more and more of this delightful local fare until we were full to bursting. The same was true for our breakfast the following morning, which was just as delicious and bountiful. True stars, these people, and incredibly kind and helpful, as were just about all the Italians we came across in our travels.

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.

Driving along the Amalfi Coast
And again, it felt like we had moved away from the tourist centre into something a little more authentically Italian, so I would definitely recommend making L'Aquilla part of your plans if you happen to be travelling through that part of the country :)

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.

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View from our hotel room on the A…
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
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Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Milt on the Amalfi Coast
Milt on the Amalfi Coast
Me on the Amalfi Coast
Me on the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
Driving along the Amalfi Coast
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