There are many beautiful pictures of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, but nothing compares with the feeling in your chest as you drive on the winding, one lane road that connects Sorrento, Amalfi, and Positano — you sit on the edge of your seat to see what awaits you around the next curve.
The views are amazing, with the shimmering Mediterranean Sea, the towns hugging the hills and the sense of history. The combination of the bus ride, the shopping and the Mediterranean Sea are intoxicating, encouraging you to explore and treasure every moment.
I have never experienced anything quite like riding a bus along the Amalfi Coast. Their drivers have astonishing skill as they drive along the narrow road, giving a beep of warning before going around the blind curves. They show their talent as they accurately measure the distance between the opposing cars, leaving us with our faces pressed against the window as we pass within a hair’s breath of each other.
We came around one curve and all of the sudden there was someone on a Moped. This fazed neither the woman nor the bus driver as the Moped swerved back into her lane a self-satisfied smirk on her face.
Walking the streets in these coastal side towns is like nothing I have experienced before. Beneath your feet are cobblestones as you walk the narrow passageways, centuries old buildings surrounding, and streams of light come from above. The streets twist and turn until they open into a courtyard or a bustling modern street.
There are shops displaying their wares that have been run by the family for generations — crafts with inlaid woodwork, ceramics, Venetian glass side by side with lemons, peppers, tomatoes and fish. Mixed among the shops are cafes with their tables lined up against the wall inviting you to sit and relax and partake of some gelato, Italian ice cream.
The Mediterranean Sea surrounds these hillside towns with its sparkling embrace. From an outlook in Sorrento, you can peer down at the clear blue water meeting the cliffs. Upon the water are docks and cabanas for relaxation and play. In Amalfi, I stood for the first time in the Mediterranean, my feet sinking into the small pebbles coating the bottom as my dad snapped my picture.
I walked out on the jetty to see the pleasure and fishing boats bobbing in the water, just waiting to set sail. As I climbed back on the bus after a day exploring the Amalfi Coast, I was excited about all the new things that I had learned and experienced. When the bus began the journey back the happy chatter of the occupants could be heard discussing all they had seen and bought.
As we left the beautiful scenery behind, our heads began to bob as we drifted to sleep, dreaming about when we would be able to return to the Amalfi Coast.
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