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There's a saying that goes live your life from the heart and your story will touch from the heart. Campania is at the heart of Italy and to have experienced one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world from in the heart was the most astonishing thing ever.
I learnt a lot about its history with the monks and its sweets while travelling to some of the most stunning pearls on the coast.
To switch my focus for a moment - convenience - during my holiday through Italy I discovered that the coast was the easiest to navigate with very good infrastructure relatively decent priced given its scenic values it offers.
The golden highlight of Amalfi coast for me however would have to be the beautiful Ravello - inducing vertigo with cliff edges beautifully landscaped with vivacious flowerbeds overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea. I will touch on Ravello in the latter of this blog..
Costiera amalfitana, Amalfi Coast, Amalfi, Salerno 84011, Italy
For a more pleasant trip I recommend that you book yourself the trip for a journey of this length with a Frecciarossa especially if the trip is long i.e.. from the north to south as per my situation, regardless though, for the sake of speed, reliability and comfort combined I recommend it, of course, that is if you are in reach of this service. There's no need to book your tickets in advance.
Unfortunately, I did not stop by Napoli due to the hustle and bustle as it would have been difficult to navigate my way through to finding the designated services to my primary destination and notwithstanding the fact that the bus ride there itself would not have been as enjoyable either with less enjoyable scenic views than the Salerno route has to offer.
Nonetheless, the trip was a breeze with minimal groups of tourists and more locals onboard to Salerno.
Salerno is a very beautiful medium sized coastal town at the very southern end of Campania. It has a beautiful lungomare or promenade if you prefer separating the city from the port and nice little churches and a castle at its mountain top.
Successively, it offers a stunning port with fewer sea traffic than Napoli as one would expect with Napoli being the popular hot spot for tourists these days. Salerno's infrastructure operates at a more relaxed pace.
The above image illustrates how easy it is to embark on your trip to Amalfi coast once you arrive at the Port of Salerno. There is a sign which points to direct you in the right path so you can embark on to your Vaporetto!
As to my expectations there was only a lesser amount of tourists embarking through the Salerno route, given Napoli being the main gateway to Amalfi from the northern side of Italy distributes the load of tourism and while it is more convenient for some it's definitely not the most comfortable, let's just say that I'm more of a boat person than a bus person!
The vaporetto journey from Salerno to Positano is about an hour and you do not need to book your tickets in advance as the ferries run regularly - however - they do have a cut off time during the evening so be sure to keep that in mind when you decide to visit via ferry.
Vietri sul mare is the colourful town to the west of Salerno. Its name translates to pearl on the sea and it is the first of the 13 pearls (towns) on the Amalfi coast.
Che bella vista.. one can't go to Campania and not marvel at the views of Amalfi Coast! The beauty just takes you away in complete tranquility! In a series of theatrical views you are accompanied by hairpin bends between Vietri sul mare and Sorrento of those are some villas, terraced vineyards and cliff edged lemon groves.
So my story with Positano goes.... at first when I found out about Positano where I was learning Italiano at the Italian Institute in Melbourne, at first glance of Positano in pictures I use to think it was just a hand drawn picture of paradise by some romantic Italian artist cross poet. Lame to think... so I booked a ticket to go see if it really was or not, and, apparently it was just that! ;)
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