In its ten miles from Positano to Amalfi, the celebrated corniche road known as the Amalfi Coast Drive clings to rugged cliffsides, weaving torturously in and out and up and down gorges, through lemon groves and olives, past whitewashed villages and bursts of purple bougainvillea, all set against a backdrop of the shimmering azure sea. Leave time to explore Positano, Praino and Amalfi en route; it is one of the world’s great drives.
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Path of the Gods, Amalfi Coast, Italy
The most spectacular hike of my life. The name of the pathway, Path of the Gods or the Gods' Pathway, is an indication of the spectacular scenery en route. Located high above the village towns of the Amalfi Coast, overlooking the gorgeous Tyrrhenian Sea, this is an adventure and must do while visiting the Amalfi Coast.
Departure point: Agerola or Praiano. Arrival point: Nocelle, a fraction of Positano. Duration: 3 hrs Kilometers: 7 - 8 km Difficulty: Moderate. The path is not suitable for those who are afraid of hights
To say the Amalfi Coast is beautiful would be the understatement of the century. There is not a place so etched in my memory for its beauty and postcard-perfect scenery as the towns of Positano and Amalfi.
I stayed up on the hill in a small town called Agerola where the fog outside of our windows in the morning was thick and visible. I had read about a hike, the 'Hike of the gods' which took travelers from Bomerano to Positano through a scenic hike and a series of daunting steps (about 800, maybe more). When we arrived in Positano, the view was mind-blowing: the candy-colored homes built into the cliff, the boats perched on the tan sand, the fog layer leaving this feel of wonder around the area. My legs felt like jello by the time we arrived but it was so worth the hike.
For views of Italy's Amalfi Coast as exhilarating as they are beautiful, look no further than local SITA bus service - its drivers careen you along the cliffside unphased by the region's narrow, snaking roads.
On a clear day in March, we had an adventure to the Amalfi Coast. Following a train ride from Rome, we took the SITA bus along the coast to Positano, transferring in Amalfi. The coast was absolutely beautiful, with cliffside towns and aquamarine oceans. The road itself is truly a feat: carved into the cliff with countless blind corners and switchbacks. Every car travelling in the opposite direction had to pull over to allow the bus to go by, due to the thinness of the road. Mirrors, as the one in the picture, are a makeshift solution to the treacherous blind corners.
For details on how to do this trip, full account here: http://aliscottwhatwegetupto.blogspot.ca/2011/03/rome-to-positano.html
I visited my daughter while she was doing an internship in Spoleto, Italy. She had a great time studying and living in Perugia. When we visited we chose to remain in Umbria, with a short side trip to Sienna in Tuscany. This picture she took on a trip to the Amalfi coast makes it a sure bet I will go back to Italy.
As we drove along the winding roads of the Amalfi Coast we saw several roadside niches in Praiano filled with these brightly-colored villages. Our driver told us they are nativity scenes and that some are lit during Christmas. Note to self....must return around the holidays.
One of the highlights of the few days I spent on the Amalfi coast was renting a private boat to take us all along the coat and onto Capri. The journey was far better than the destination and swimming in these wonderful natural caves all along the coast line was unforgettable.