Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Every Mile A Memory ( Part 3 ) Amalfi Coast and Sorrento

Buon Giorno!!

We docked at the port of Naples. Let me bring you with me as we drive through the Amalfi coast to Sorrento and Amalfi. Italy is a dazzling, mesmerizing feast of a country. The Amalfi coastline and Sorrento  are one of the country’s  " must-see " highlights on your trip to Italy. 

According to our brochure which we get nightly on our mailbox, the temperature today is 21 degrees and clear skies !!! Finally -- I will be able to get some photos of our next destination. The tour to Amalfi and Sorrento will last 8 hours. 

We disembarked from our boat at 8:15am to meet our tour guide to accompany us to Amalfi and Sorrento.

On our way to Sorrento passing through the Amalfi coastline I was able to see Mount Vesuvius . Mount Vesuvius, on the west coast of Italy, is the only active volcano on mainland Europe.  This volcano is best known because of the eruption in 79 A.D. that destroyed the city of Pompeii. Mount Vesuvius is still considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world due to the large population of the city of Naples and the surrounding towns on the slopes nearby.

Positano - There are a number of villas on the coast of Positano. We were not able to stop in Positano ( it was not on our list of places to see ).  the ruins of which can be seen in the vicinity of the Church dell'Assunta.

The Amalfi Coast  - is one of Europe’s most breathtaking drive. Cliffs terraced with lemon groves all the way down into sea, whitewashed villas cling to unforgiving slopes while the sea and sky merge in one vast blue horizon. It was indeed a beautiful road trip. I would recommend going on a bus instead of  driving. The road is winding and narrow. There are many buses, scooters and that use this road. The scenery is too beautiful to be missed.

Along the Amalfi coastline you will see the Li Galli Islands. According to old legends , our tour guide, told us that these islands were inhabited by sirens who seduced sailors with their melodious voices thus losing control of their ships and end up inevitably crashing on the rocks of the islands.

Sorrento -  is located about a 90 minute coach ride south of Naples. Sorrento is often regarded as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. 

The center of Sorrento is Piazza Tasso. Corso d' Italia is the main thoroughfare and in the evenings the road is closed to traffic to allow the locals and visitors to walk around in all their finery.

Tasso is full of large bars and restaurants with huge patio areas while Corso is filled with tourist shops, gelateria and some designer stores. For me the beauty of Sorrento was just to wander around the tight little streets checking out the shops and attempting to eat every flavor of ice cream they had.

Here are some things you can buy to bring home :

We stopped by this amazing store, Gargiulo e Hannazzi. It was amazing and the inlaid wood furniture was a work of art. This is a fifth generation family business and the pride shows in their work. They have a great selection of marquetry works and other gifts.

We were given a demonstration on marquetry.

Here are some pieces I liked in this store.

This showroom is a " must visit " on your trip to Sorrento. Their store has gorgeous workmanship and elegant inlaid wood on their products. Worth every penny and a stunning addition to any home! I highly recommend this store to everyone !

Next stop .. AMALFI town

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