Stepping off the train in Sorrento where the local bus departs to Amalfi I had to run the gauntlet straight away. People everywhere and they all wanted on a bus to somewhere along the Amalfi Coast. I got lucky an scored a window seat on the right side of the bus that would allow me to admire the coast line and not the massive rock wall on the other. It was obvious here it was going to be a busy day surrounded by tourists like myself.
Originally the plan was to hire a scooter from the hostel and find my own way to Amalfi. Unfortunately I needed to book a couple of days in advance for that and after having seen the road my bus took, well lets just say I’d probably have needed a few changes of underwear as those roads were scarily narrow and at times two bus’s couldn’t pass each other. Next time I’m going for the scooter and yes there is going to be a next time as it was an awesome view the entire drive.
I could have also taken one of the many amalfi coast walking holidays displayed in the hostel foyer but doing it myself seemed like more fun.
The bus departed and I got chatting away to an older American lady seated next to me. A teacher by trade she had travelled for years working all over Europe throughout her life. This was not her first trip to Amalfi, so as the bus travelled along the narrow winding road towards our first main drop off stop at Positano she pointed out specific points of interest along the glistening coastline.
Upon reaching Positano I said goodbye to my impromptu tour guide and continued on as she was to catch the ferry up to Amalfi later on. I had a lunch meetup with someone I’d met on twitter and I knew if I stopped here I’d miss it. Instead I planned to see Positano on my way back if there was still time.
The bus drove on and strangely I saw more and more car parks hanging off the cliffs edge. Some lead down to houses or small hotels that seem to cling to the edge for dear life. Living in one of those houses and waking up to the view would be amazing, the only downside trying to park your car. Those spots were tight and made worse by the busy narrow road. You’d want to own a small car with good brakes and know how to park it thats for sure.
Jumping off the bus in Amalfi I found myself with a bit of time to look around before grabbing lunch. Wandering off away from the coast I headed uphill into town to see what else this beautiful little stop on the coast had to offer. Strangely I found a mass of TV crews setting up for an award ceremony of some sort along with many an old building.
Meeting my friend down along the beach I couldn’t have found a better spot to enjoy lunch and a beer of course. Everything about this part of Italy so far was leaving me speechless. I’d never heard of Amalfi or any of this before leaving Australia, but I’d damn glad I knew of it now.
As lunch ended I parted ways with my friend and wandered around the beach area for awhile, stopping on the pier to take in a game or two of the kayak water polo competition that was on. I have to hand it to these guys, they manoeuvred the kayak like you would butter over hot bread. All while entertaining some pretty devastating crashes and squashing of hands as well.
When it finally came time to head for home it was clear I’d have to skip Positano. The sun was beginning its decent for the day and I’d well and truly worked up a thirst after a day spent in the sun. With another window seat on the water side of the bus, I put my headphones on and sat in my own little world snapping photos and taking it all in.
I’ve seen some stunning beaches and coastlines back home in Australia but this just took the cake. Next time I’m thinking of an italy holidays this spot will be high on my to see list again, especially with the awesome hostel I had booked myself into.
I ended the day much the same as the previous one. Catching up with the drinking buddies we discussed the days activities and my plans to take the Capri tour they had enjoyed just days earlier. Italy had fast shot to the top of my favourite countries in Europe so far, it’s just a shame that my travels were about to end.