Amalfi Coast -2
Didn't explore Positano much since the climb back up looked intimidating. Having already spent a major part of the trip walking and climbing, decided to enjoy the view from the top of the town.
If you want to explore beyond Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, take the bus heading to Salerno which passes through Minori, Maiori and other towns.
I was looking for big beaches on reaching Amalfi before realising that small strips of sandy area makes up the beach 😄 That didn't stop visitors from swimming in the ocean though.
Perhaps, if a second visit to Amalfi comes my way, will spend more time exploring the towns along the coastline.
Amalfi Coast -1
You can't get enough of the coastline view. Its massive and brilliant. A little while after leaving Sorrento, you can see various cliffs, houses built on them and the sheer coast dropping off just below it. If I had know before what I know now, would have taken another SITA bus ride from Amalfi to Vetri-sul-mar (Salerno route) and back to complete the view.
Ravello (one bus ride away) is worth a visit. Down in Amalfi, it was sunny while at Ravello up in the mountains, it was misty and cool. It is more serene and offers more greenery than the town below.
Just don't go expecting a big beach though. There is a reason why people talk about the coastline and not the beaches :)
If traveling by bus from Sorrento, best views are if you sit on the right side of the bus.
Augustus Garden is worth a visit (entry 1€), if you are not a garden person, then head there for the view. There are benches where you can rest, enjoy the lovely view and soak up some sun on a windy day. You can stroll through the streets and check the numerous shopping options.
Quite a few viewing points and villas. The ones that we visited were Villa San Michelle (8€ ticket for museum and garden) and Mount Solarus.
Mount Solarus offers fantastic panoramic view around Capri. There is a chair car access (11€ round trip ticket)from the base to top of Solarus and back. The ride of 10-13 mins offers a chance to admire brilliant blue hues of the ocean.
Ferry is the only way to visit this island. There are many ferry companies operating at different time slots. When you book the tickets at a counter for return included, you can only pick return timing offered by that ferry company. So, you might want to check which one provides return timing close to your preference. Suggest that you reach the marina (from Sorrento/Amalfi) by 8:30-9:00 to be able to get enough time at Capri. To cover Capri, Blue Grotto, Anacapri you would need a while day.
Within Capri, there is a small bus connecting Capri marina with the Capri centre and Anacapri. One way ticket is 1.80€
Heads up - ltd seats on the bus, hence you might have to stand or if its full, wait for another bus.
Sita buses are the best option to get around. The frequency is 20-30 mins and there is a timetable available. For 8€ you get a 24hrs ticket (to be validated on the first bus). From Sorrento station, bus leaves for Amalfi passing via Positano.
From Amalfi you can take another bus to Ravello or towards Salerno.
Tip: Sit on right side of the bus for fantastic views of Amalfi Coast.
If you are returning to Sorrento, take the bus from Amalfi instead of Positano so that you get a seat on the bus and yes, try to get a seat on the left side of the bus this time :)
15 October 2016
The chotu beach at Amalfi
Amalfi coast and its towns
14 October 2016
Among the plethora of photos of the location, some pics featuring us
San Michelle villa at Anacapri
Augustus Garden at Capri.
View of Capri from different places. The view from Mount Solarus is fabulous. The chair car ride lets you soak in the view and enjoy the cool breeze.
13 October 2016
Bird in flight :)
Sorrento - view from the Marina
Here's us having a gala time
1. Limoncello- the famous drink/aperitif in Italy
2. Queen's Chips - french fries with a range of sauce and size options to choose from. At 2.50€ for small serving, it was good enough to substitute for lunch. Wash it down with a drink 😀