In previous trips to Italy I had never ventured further south than Rome, I had always been completely satisfied with the coastal towns of Cinque Terre.
I was not wrong. Cinque Terre is amazing and remains high on my list of travel destinations. The Amalfi Coast however has scale that Cinque Terre cannot compare with. There is a quaintness that Cinque Terre offers, with small picturesque villages dotted along the coastline. The Amalfi Coast equally has villages dotted along the coastline – in comparison though it offers much larger villages along a much larger coastline.
Sometimes on a holiday there are destinations on the itinerary that you don’t think too much about. On this trip to Italy the Amalfi Coast was one of those destinations. I knew I would love it and that is all I had planned. I had always heard how wonderful it was but had also heard one must see it before they can really appreciate how spectacular it is.
What a surprise. The Amalfi Coast is now one of those destinations I will never forget and I will always compare all subsequent destinations to it.
The azure skies and waters are simply breathtaking and with views from high up on the cliffs the mediterranean vistas can simply be admired.
Our hire care was not well suited to the narrow windy roads of the Amalfi Coast so we hired a scooter to discover the coast line. A decision well made. It was so much easier to get around on the scooter and it added to the atmosphere – scooting along the winding roads with the salty fresh air filling our lungs – Bliss.
The other bonus of being on a scooter was that you could pull in anywhere along the road if you happened to see some scenery that you just couldn’t pass up – for me this happened far too often, we spent more time taking photos on the side of the road than driving.
We also discovered an amazing restaurant high up on the cliff just after Amalfi that had the most amazing pasta with the best Napoli sauce I have ever tasted – lets be honest though tomatoes in Italy are simply the best.
The Amalfi Coast met all of my expectations on day one and then each day after that I was taken somewhere I could never have imagined.
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