Amalfi Coast

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Pizza & Pasta, Proscuitto & Parmesan, Limoncello & Gelato … Live the Italian dream on the Amalfi Coast where you can soak up the sun and drink in the beauty of the region.  A mere 50kms of coastline along sheer cliffs, dotted with brightly colored fishing villages, it is the perfect place to unwind, relax and refresh.  Wind your way along the coast on the narrowest and highest of roads, past exotic villas, terraced vineyards and lemon groves, from town to town, and be seduced by amazing views as far as the eye can see, and a million miles down to the most azure of seas below.

Travelling from Napes to Amalfi, try to avoid the regionalized Circumvesuviana train - unless you are a sardine and have no pockets, the journey is particularly unpleasant.  Passengers cram themselves in to every carriage, like sardines in a tin can and pick pockets thrive as they try to surreptitiously relieve you of your valuables.  Be aware and keep your suitcases with you and your valuables safely closed to nifty fingers.  As the train chugs towards its final destination of Sorrento, the carriages are divested of passengers at each station and you will eventually find yourself with a seat, enjoying the remainder of the journey.  It is unfortunately, the most regular, and cheapest, option, but, time permitting, a leisurely bus, boat or hovercraft trip will be far more pleasant. Wherever you choose to stay, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, you will enjoy “heaven on earth” … glorious weather, spectacular views and Italian life at its best.  There are many activities to amuse besides lounging on the beach or in beachside cafes indulging in all things in Italian.  Busses and trains transport you, on terra-firma, along the coast to all the little towns, as well as the major attractions such as Vesuvius, Herculaneum and Pompeii whilst boats also transport you, across the bluest sea, to the towns along the coast as well as the Islands of Ischia and Capri.  The drive up Vesuvius affords sweeping views of the Bay of Naples and then a short, steep walk takes you up a gravelly, ashen path, to the crater … quite an achievement and a sensational experience. Back down to where you started, be transported back in time in Herculaneum, an opulent Roman town which was also destroyed, like Pompeii, by the molten lava from Vesuvius. Then Pompeii beckons.  The ruins are a sight to behold and well worth the queues which exist at almost all times of the year, then return to “civilization” and the luxuries of 21st Century living.  Explore the little villages and towns at leisure, down narrow cobbled streets dripping in history and pavement café’s; indulge in delightful and delicious specialties, especially ice-cold Limoncello for which the area is famous.  Wine, women and song; Sun, sand, and sea; Islands and opulence; Scooters, busses and boats; Gelato and Limoncello … Amalfi is a delight to all the senses, and one cannot help but be seduced. Jennifer's Journeys