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May 27, 2012 - Happy Birthday to Me

When you begin your day at 9:30 AM, to go roughly 15 miles, and you return at five o'clock, there's a reason for the large time invested, when you are on the Amalfi Coast. We may all have heard much about this drive, but it is something that must be experienced to be appreciated and I'll tell you why. Between Positano and Amalfi, the locals say there are 1,630 bends in the road. Mostly, they are hairpin turns while passing without white lines on the road, includes the oncoming car AND a passing motorbike where you SWEAR the side mirrors...

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Nov 30, 2011 - Amalfi

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Though it’s possible to walk from one side of Amalfi to the other in less than twenty minutes, it’s the pretty little plazas and the tiny beach that continues to attract visitors, from around the world, who rave about the views. Amalfi once boasted a population of over 70,000 when it was a major power on the high seas, but the locals today number barely 5,000. That doesn’t mean the streets are quiet, during the summer months coach-loads of tourists arrive to fill the cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops. In AD 1343 a...

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Jul 26, 2011 - Catch Up

Hi all - Sorry I haven't written in a few days, we have had extremely busy days! After Santa Maria Maddalena, we spent the weekend in Amalfi. We had planned to go to Capri over the weekend, but it was overcast and a little rainy all weekend. So instead, we just hung out with Serena's mom, grandma, and cousins and did typical Amalfi things all weekend. Even though these days were much calmer than our busy travel days, they were some of my favorite days because I was able to really experience Serena's life here and get to know her family...

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Jul 22, 2011 - Santa Maria Maddalena

Yesterday was the holiday of Santa Maria Maddalena. In Italy, every town has a patron Saint and yesterday was the celebration Saint Maria Maddalena, who is the patron Saint of Atrani, one town over from Amalfi. Another interesting thing about the “Saint” days is that if you are named after one of the saints, that day is a huge celebration for you as well, just like a birthday. Yesterday was Serena’s cousin Maddalena’s Saint Day and everyone treated her just like it was her birthday, with gifts and a party and everything. Unfortunately, not...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Exploring the Amalfi Coast

Today was a really, really, really great day in Amalfi. After a small breakfast at my Bed & Breakfast, Serena, Nonna, and I headed to the dock to meet her Aunt and Uncle for a boat ride. Serena’s Aunt and Uncle are both amazing people. We got on the boat, and Zio Paolo started driving the boat down the coast, explaining all the towns and beautiful villas to me on the way. After about 20 minutes, we realized he was taking us all the way to Positano! After about an hour long boat ride, we had made it to the tip of Positano. The views the...

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Jul 17, 2011 - A quick bit of Amalfi

I am finally in Amalfi!! This town is, hands down, without question, the absolute best place on Earth. I have never seen a more peaceful and beautiful town in my life. Serena and I took an early morning ferry ride from Salerno to Amalfi, which provided some amazing views of the coastline. But, when I stepped off the boat and started walking through the town, I was actually stunned with how beautiful it is. The people here are all so friendly, and all stop and say hi (because they’re all practically family to Serena!) and everywhere you...

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May 25, 2011 - Amalfi Coast

Entry #11 May 25, 2011 On Wednesday, we met our driver, Raffaele, for an all-day excursion along the Amalfi Coast. This was a drive we did not want to do ourselves nor did we want to be herded into a bus, so we followed Rick Steves advice and "splurged" for the private driver. Stopping along the way was super and Raffaele knew all the best photo opportunities. As we headed to our first town stop we were able to view the coast which included a small set of privately owned islands purported to belong to Rudolf Nureyev. There was an RV...

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May 1, 2011 - Amalfi-Positano

Today we are off to Positano. About an hour away. Was a good ride along the Amalfi Coast with breath taking views at every turn. Weather was wonderful today with the sun finally coming out. Water finally looked the beautiful blue that it is known. I will try and post some of the pictures. Tomorrow we are hoping to board the semi-privater charter for a tour of the Amalfi Coast and a two hour stop in Capri for lunch and relaxation.

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Apr 30, 2011 - Amalfi

Today we drove to Amalfi this morning. Every turn around this majestic area was breathtaking. We had to go very slow at times passing buses and trucks coming in the other direction. The ride is worth it though as you drive along the narrow cliffs the views are wonderful. The boat trip was canceled due to the rain. We may reschedule for two days from now when the sun will return. Today we will tour the town and tonight go to a concert in one of the Villas on the hill. Hotel Bussola is great as our room has a balcony overlooking the harbour...

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Sep 3, 2010 - Amalfi

Well here we are now in Amalfi - what an idyllic place this is despite the gloomy overcast weahter!!!! Like all of the Italian coast it is a town nestled on the cliff face & just our luck our hotel was right near the top of the hill. The bus dropped us on the road & from there we had to navigate down 300 steps to our hotel, Fortunately we had been forewarned so only took our small backpacks with us - there is no way we could have carried our bags up & down that many steps = we have done ~100 & that has nearly killed us!! Anyway after...

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Jun 9, 2010 - Amalfi and Positino

Our last major trip out of Sorrento was the scary coastal bus ride from here to Positano and on to Amalfi. If you ever saw an Italian movie where they drive fast along the cliff edge this would be the drive. It about an hour and half and it gives a whole new meaning to the expression ‘living on the edge’ Not only is the road one and a half times a car width that function as two lanes but Italian drivers are crazy. They overtake on hairpin bends, of which there are dozens on this road, they park just anywhere and it is nearly impossible to...

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May 25, 2010 - Italy: Amalfi Coast

Just look! It's no wonder Caesar Augustus chose to have a personal villa here, and eventually died here. The rocky coastline is beautiful, amazingly has a road carved out of the rock with a sheer drop to the sea. Each tiny town from Capri to Amalfi has it's own character. Ours, Praiano felt less touristy than some, although tourism, both Italian and others is the primary industry. We enjoyed life here--learned little--drank good wine--ate good food (as in all Italy). It was a vacation of sorts.

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