|I had hoped to go for a trip up to the top of Vesuvius which sits ominously close by. However with all the rain & cloud about I decided to give it a miss. So we packed up & headed off South again the idea being to visit nearby Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast on the way. The guide book said:
"Stretching about 50km along the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) is one of Eubrope’s most breathtaking. Cliffs terraced with scented lemon groves sheer down into sparkling seas; sherbet-hued villas cling precariously to unforgiving slopes while sea and sky merge in one vast blue horizon."
It was certainly an interesting & somewhat challenging drive once we got clear of the urban sprawl around Pompeii. The roads were pretty narrow, especially so in the towns like Sorrento, Positano & Amalfi. We had two or three interesting excursions including one that took us down to a tiny harbour where the local policeman stopped us to tell us that the road ahead was closed. So we turned back. We also had fun going up out of one small town when we met a bus on one narrow hairpin bend. We had to reverse back down to let him squeeze past.
We did get to have lunch in a lay-by overlooking the coast far below. We didn't get to see The Isle of Capri just off the coast from Sorrento as the rain clouds obscured it. We finally made it to Salerno & on to a stretch of motorway for a change but the heavens opened again & we finally made it to Paestum where we planned to stop for the night. By then it was pitch black so we set up in what must be an olive orchard & finally relaxed after an interesting but challenging day. Paestum is only about thirty miles from Pompeii as the crow flies but we clocked up 108 miles on our journey today along the winding mountainous coastal roads.
Mileage today - 108
Total Mileage to date - 1,863