Our 50 Year Anniversary Celebration 2015 travel blog

Amalfi coast








City bus

Meeting of buses

Cattedrale di San Andrea Amalfi

Amalfi beach


Sand is really rocks



Swordfish at Trattoria San Giuseppe


The early risers went on an optional tour to a lemon farm which they said was very good. We enjoyed a leisurely delicious breakfast.

The Amalfi Coast lies in a Mediterranean climate, featuring warm summers and mild winters. It is located on the relatively steep southern shore of the Sorrentine Peninsula, leaving little room for rural and agricultural territories. The only land route to the Amalfi Coast is the 25 mile long Strada Statale 163 which runs along the coastline from the town of Vietri sul Mare in the east to Positano in the west. Thirteen municipalities are located on the Amalfi Coast, many of them centered around tourism. The Amalfi Coast is known for its production of limoncello liqueur as the area is a known cultivator of lemons, sfusato amalfitano in Italian, which are grown in terraced gardens along the entire coast between February and October. The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole, attracting thousands of tourists annually. There are camera snaps at every turn on the road.

We stopped at a very busy rest area that overlooked Positano for the view and the vendors, one of which sold fruit. Vanni had a tray of the sweetest melons and berries for us. Another stop was at the requisite ceramic store for coffee, bathroom break and shopping. We saw nothing we needed. The town of Amalfi was our lunch stop and of course, Vanni had a recommended restaurant. We wandered about a bit then tried to follow the instructions, passed the church, turn left, go to the Hotel Amalfi, turn left again down a narrow street and voila, there it was - Trattoria del San Giuseppe. Again excellent food - molto bene!

The bus ride back was a real adventure. At one point our bus came face to face with another bus. The two drivers stopped, got out, talked, devised a plan. The other driver motioned some cars behind him to come around. Then he backed up and we went by with 2 inches to spare.

Vanni scheduled a shuttle to take us to downtown Sorrento that evening. First we went to a shop that did inlaid wood and they did a demo about the craft. We had been there on a previous trip and purchased a music box. Maribeth has been to our house and saw it and she was on a mission to get one just like it. We bought coasters. Nick and Dottie had gone to Sorrento yesterday and found da Gigeno, another good restaurant. The bar at the hotel had a guitar player tonight and we enjoyed listening to him sing and play American songs.

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