Usually, when a person asks us for our advice on what to do when visiting a port of call (which happens often – and we love to share!), we have no problem giving our “top pick”. However, for the first time, we are stumped.
Friends, many cruise ships dock in Naples, and there are a lot of things to see from this port. We thought that Capri was the sure thing and perfect recommendation for anyone asking for our opinion on where to venture from this (which it is!! truly!! a beautiful day well spent – guaranteed!!)…but….we have found something else that has captured our hearts….The Amalfi Coast.
We will try here to give a taste of the beauty we experienced in this area of the world, but we must stress that really, the photos are not in any way, shape, or form even slightly doing justice to the real thing. The views were so magnificent and breathtaking, and the villages so perfect and authentic, that it is a place we are sure we will visit again and again, should we be so fortunate to have the opportunity to return in our lifetimes!
The drive itself is….impossible to describe. The cliffs are so noble and tremendous, the water so clear and azure, and the wild vegetation growing everywhere is what we in Canada grow in our Greenhouses to beautify our back yards with in the summertime. unbelievably stunning. Truly.
On our drive we stopped in the famous village of Positano. Sigh. Gorgeous. Positano is another notable coastal holiday escape for vogue Europeans, and it is easy to understand why. As soon as you are in the midst of its incredible charm, the shops, narrow cobblestone streets, chic restaurants and exclusive beaches are a lure for anyone belonging to any VIP list.
Back in Sorrento we had just enough time to explore this seaside resort town, and it was filled with unique characteristics that set it apart from its neighbours and gave it an aura all its own. The center of the town was built on the top of the cliff and had a very colonial feel to it. The resort area was nestled down at the bottom toward the seaside, and had the most unusual beaches built up on docks – so unique! We had never seen this type of thing before! Have you?
Of course, in the interest of Eat, Pray, Love…and keeping in theme with every other day of our trip so far…we had to finish off the day with a taste of the local food and drink, so we asked our taxi driver (born and raised in the area) where she would recommend for some authentic local fare. She told us of a place where the locals love to go for pizza, but said we wouldn’t like it because it’s “not fancy, and has paper plates and plastic cups for the wine”. We said, “THAT’S PERFECT!! – can you please take us there??!!!” 🙂
The Pizzeria was called Franco’s…..and we are doubtful we will ever find its equal in pizza anywhere else in the world. And, Chris found his dream authentic Italian cannoli to boot. (His favourite!) Another perfect end to another perfect day – in paradise. Thank you, Universe. Thank you, thank you, thank you.