The views along the 28 miles of Amalfi coastline are spectacular. The dramatic road hugs the edge of the mountain with sheer drops down to the stunning blue sea below. Amazing vistas are seen around the corner of each hair-pin bend (see the winding road below.) I'm glad I wasn't driving (see link here.) What is the most hair raising journey you have been on?
We arrived in Amalafi on a Sunday morning and decided to wander away from the crowds and headed up narrow lanes and steps to explore the town. As we were taking some photographs of the view an elderly Italian lady dressed in black who was returning from church beckoned us to follow her.
She took us up higher and higher and the views just got better and better.........
She also showed us another way down, it was such a special moment for us and we shall not forget her kindness and being so friendly.
Our next stop was Ravello. The gardens of Villa Cimbrone had been highly recommended by Lucent Imagery and we were not disappointed. The views were again superb and the sea so blue!
The Villa Cimbrone was orginally an old farmhouse and in the early 20th century it was transformed into a palace by a English politican Lord Grimpthorne. Part of the gardens were designed by Vita Sackville-West.
The location, gardens and house reminded me so much of the book "Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim" which is about four English women hiring a castle in Italy for a month, wouldn't such a location as this be wonderful place to stay for so long!
We always enjoy holidays where we are able to see as much as we can, so I'm afraid there is another post in this series - next time Capri! (Last post if you missed it was about Vesuvius and Pompeii.)