Travels in Italy: Amalfi Coast – Capri (May 22, 2015)

View of the sea from Capri, Italy (2015)

View of the sea from Capri, Italy (2015)

Attractions:

  • Grottos
  • Anacapri (on second level)
Amalfi Coast schematic map (courtesy of Exploring the Amalfi Coast)

Amalfi Coast schematic map (courtesy of Exploring the Amalfi Coast)

The island of Capri is a 20-minute boat ride from the port of Sorrento. The colorful buildings and winding streets lead you across the cliffs toward an awe-inspiring landscape of numerous boats lined up in rows.

There is also an opportunity to visit the coral-colored grottos of Capri (natural masterpieces) by motorboat across the lovely “lapis lazuli lagoon.”

Port of Capri, Italy (2015)

Port of Capri, Italy (2015)

The brilliant blue of the waters of Capri, Italy (2015)

The brilliant blue of the waters of Capri, Italy (2015)

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Travels in Italy: Amalfi Coast – Sorrento (May 21-22, 2015)

Sorrento, Italy (2015)

Sorrento, Italy (2015)

Amalfi Coast schematic map (courtesy of Exploring the Amalfi Coast)

Amalfi Coast schematic map (courtesy of Exploring the Amalfi Coast)

During our visit of the Amalfi Coast, we stayed the nights over at the Johanna Park Hotel– a boutique hotel located on the outskirts of Sorrento. Our hotel provided a free shuttle between a set period of hours that took us downtown and back. Of course, we took advantage of this service on one of the nights to explore the town.

Sorrento, historically, has been known as the land of mermaids and orange and lemon groves. Think back to the legend of Odysseus when he bound himself to the mast of the ship to prevent himself from being lured by the alluring mermaids’ song. The place is a magical paradise for beach goers and tourists wanting a place to relax.

A garden in Sorrento, Italy (2015)

A garden in Sorrento, Italy (2015)

Roadways along the narrow cliffs of Sorrento, Italy (2015)

Roadways along the narrow cliffs of Sorrento, Italy (2015)

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Travels in Italy: Amalfi Coast – Positano (May 21, 2015)

Positano, Italy (2015)

Positano, Italy (2015)

Amalfi Coast schematic map (courtesy of Exploring the Amalfi Coast)

Amalfi Coast schematic map (courtesy of Exploring the Amalfi Coast)

Our trip with Trafalgar down the Amalfi Coast took us to this quaint town–Positano– overlooking the Bay of Naples.

According to the locals, Positano got its name from this story: a Turkish boat was beached on the shores of the Amalfi Coast. On board, the captain heard the painting of the Virgin Mary whisper to “set her down.” Obeying the request, the captain threw the painting overboard and his boat began to float again. At the location, where the painting came to shore and they built a town to honor that spot. (Reference: Positano.com)

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Travels in Italy: Amalfi Coast – Pompeii (May 21, 2015)

Pompeii, Italy (2015)

Pompeii, Italy (2015)

Amalfi Coast schematic map (courtesy of Exploring the Amalfi Coast)

Amalfi Coast schematic map (courtesy of Exploring the Amalfi Coast)

Pompeii is located along the present-day Amalfi Coast, which extends from Naples to Salerno overlooking the Bay of Naples. In historic times, it was the Roman city that fell to the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The city served as an example of Roman lifestyle—a resort for the wealthy but also a place of corruption and class distinction. Slaves served the wealthy by working in factories, artisan shops, taverns, and bathhouses. When the city was first evacuated in 1748, the city was found to be preserved with the buildings and fallen figures frozen in place.

Preserved human figure in Pompeii, Italy (2015)

Preserved human figure in Pompeii, Italy (2015)

Today, the majority of the site has been evacuated and is available for viewing.

While the ruins were fascinating and well preserved, it seems that we are not able to see as much of the site as before in the 1970s. Personally, if you enjoy Roman history, this site is worth visiting.’

Pompeii, Italy (2015)

Pompeii, Italy (2015)

Pompeii, Italy (2015)

Pompeii, Italy (2015)

References

History.com. (2015). Pompeii. Retrieved from http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/pompeii

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