On our last visit to Rome we decided to take a day trip South to Pompeii. We didn’t want to drive ourselves so we hired a car service to take us on the three hour drive from Rome, along the Amafi Coast to Pompeii.
We were picked up at our hotel “InterContinental” at 7:00 a.m. by our driver Manilo from Limousine Service in Rome. To our delight, Manilo spoke perfect English. We were a little tired from getting up so early but really enjoyed the scenic drive down the Amalfi coast.
We stopped along the way for a short visit in the town of Sorrento to see a inlaid wood factory that makes furniture and small boxes called Miss Bellevue. It was interesting to see how they create decorative compositions by cutting, inserting, and assembling different colored pieces of wood to create a design or picture. These pieces are set into a surface to create a design. The pieces are then pressed into wood surface so they are leveled with the surface. They finish each piece with lacquer and line the inside with fine fabric.
The craftsmanship and art that goes into each one of these pieces make it truly a one of a kind artwork. I fell in love with this jewelry box and purchased it along with a few others for my girls to remind me of our trip to Italy.
We continued our drive down the coast to the first town on the Amalfi Coast “Positano”, a town I’ve always wanted to visit. It is said that Positano is one of Italy’s most romantic and luxurious towns along the Amalfi Coast. They were right! It was exactly as I had pictured it, with its crystal blue waters and homes built vertically along the hillside cliffs.
Positano was a relatively poor fishing village during the first half of the twentieth century. It became popular with writers and artists in the 1950’s, especially after John Steinbeck published his essay about Positano in Harper’s Bazaar in May, 1953: “Positano bites deep”, Steinbeck wrote. “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” I’m not entirely sure what that means but I totally agree with it!
We stopped at a restaurant on the hilltop of Positano called Ristorante il Capilano located in Hotel Montemare for an Italian meal and some drinks. After feeling refreshed we headed all the way down to the beach.
The beach was filled with local artist selling their paintings along the walkway, we even saw a few painting. People would stop to look and admire some of the paintings.
The streets of Positano are filled with boutiques, selling anything from fashions, shoes, ceramics for visitors in the village. We enjoyed walking along some of the streets and exploring the area. We brought a few ceramic plates as souvenirs.
Positano is approximately a 75 minute drive away from Naples and twenty minutes away from Sorrento. In the summer months, it is easily accessible by boat.
The stop in Positano was fantastic but a little rushed. I’d love to have spend an afternoon and evening soaking up the atmosphere. But time was short, so after lunch, and spending an hour in Positano we rushed on down to Pompeii. Which was incredible! I’ll tell you about it next week…
How you ever traveled the Amalfi Coast? What was your favorite town?