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Day Nine: The Amalfi Coast

Posted on Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Dave!Though I've been to Italy three times, I've never made it to the Southern part of the country. After seeing the beauty of the Amalfi Coast in a number of movies and travel shows, it's someplace I've always been dying to go.

Today was the day.

Not finding a shore excursion tour that I liked, I booked a personal car and driver. It was expensive as hell, but I wasn't going to quibble over cost when it came to the destination highlight of my entire cruise. Being able to go wherever I wanted whenever I wanted was invaluable. And, hey, sometimes you just have to say "forget food and rent, this is something I have to do."

The problem is that the Amalfi area has been besieged by torrential rains and flooding over the past couple of days. Yesterday, there were landslides which tore through a small village just south of Amalfi itself. When I woke up this morning, I was wondering if it would even be possible to go.

Turns out I had nothing to worry about.

My driver told me that today's weather is about as good as it gets... blue skies and sun with minimal haze. Needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled at my good fortune. The day started in the city of Sorrento...

Sorrento View

Sorrento Square

Sorrento Church

From Sorrento I was dropped down the coast in Positano. Easily one of the most beautiful places on earth...

Positano View

Positano Steps

Positano Church

Positano Beach

Positano Beach View

After Positano, the driver dropped me in Amalfi for a while...

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi View

Amalfi Beach View

Amalfi Beach View

Amalfi Church

Amalfi Church

And the final stop was the beautiful city of Ravello...

Ravello View

Ravello Villas

All in all, it was an amazing day. The best day. And the night views of Naples back onboard the ship were pretty spectacular too...

Moon Over Naples

And who knows what adventures tomorrow will bring...


For anybody Googling information about the Amalfi Coast and looking for a car and driver to see the sights, I give my highest possible recommendation to Sorrento Limo. They specialize in handling cruise ship excursions, and are able to go places that the big tour busses cannot. But even more important, my driver Genarro asked questions to find out my goals for the trip. Once he found out I was interested in photography, he went out of his way to create the perfect itinerary and find spectacular photo spots for me. I could not have been happier with the service I received, and give them my highest possible recommendation.

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  1. Sybil Law says:

    So – next time, I’m going. You can’t even stop me. 😛

  2. Finn says:

    My cousin was married in Ravello. Did you go to Villa Cimbrone? I have some spectacular shots from there as well as from Capri.

    I’m so glad you had good weather. Too bad you didn’t have more time – Pompeii is just a short train ride from Sorrento.

    • Dave2 says:

      I never made it to Capri, because I didn’t want to go if I only had a few hours to explore. I’d rather visit when I can stay for a few days… which hopefully will be before I die. 🙂

  3. martymankins says:

    Only one word can explain the photos: picturesque.

    That would be so cool to live there, right off the water. Granted, the rains and storms could prove difficult, but right there… on the beach, with a boat.

    • Dave2 says:

      Whenever I ask the natives about living there, they say it can get quite boring… especially in the off-season. To me, that’s yet another selling point, but oh well. 🙂

  4. Lora says:

    Your photos are beautiful and completely capture the way I remember the Amalfi Coast looking. It has been several years since I’ve been there but it looks exactly the way I remember. I’m so glad the weather cleared for you so you could experience its beauty unobstructed!

  5. Stunning photos. Just amazing.

    • Dave2 says:

      It’s the place… not the photographer. You can’t HELP but take beautiful photos here, because everywhere you point your camera there’s something amazing to look at!

  6. Lisa says:

    I love Italy! The Amalfi coast is absolutely stunning and your photos really capture the beauty of it. I wish I had spent more time on mainland Italy when we were stationed in Sicily, but it just wasn’t possible.

  7. val says:

    I always love your photos but these are so great. thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi Dave

    I just want to thank you for all the great pics you are showing .. and I am really enjoying your virtual tour … it’s great to see these places .. cause I doubt I will ever get there! LOL



  9. GORGEOUS pictures, and I love hearing about your experience with your driver. I’ve had all kinds of drivers during my travels, and it sounds like you got a great one there.

    • Dave2 says:

      I’ve never had a bad driver experience, and I’ve had quite a few as well. This one was particularly nice, because he was happy to play tour guide while driving. It was a two-for-one deal!

  10. Sarkawt says:

    Mind-blowing pics, Dave! Impressive & Awesome.

  11. muskrat says:

    You must feel extremely alive right now. Glad you’re getting to do this thing.

  12. James Bow says:

    Whoa, that is beautiful! I’m glad you had a chance to experience that first hand.

  13. Karl says:

    I’d say your personal driver did a great job because the photos came out beautiful. Glad you’re having a good time.

  14. Avitable says:

    The Amalfi Coast and Naples are two places I really want to visit in Italy.

  15. Linda says:

    I too have been mesmerized by the Amalfi Coast. Positano is a breathtaking place. I loved the pics and hope you consider a trip to Santorini, Greece. If you go, please take some shots for all of us to enjoy.

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