Monday, September 14, 2009

Italy trip - part 2

We spent the second half of our trip in the Amalfi coast area, it's about a 3 hour train ride south of Rome. Now I felt like our vacation was really starting!

We stayed just outside the town of Amalfi, one of the many picturesque towns dotting the coast.

View from one end of our hotel room balcony...

...and the other.

We had breakfast on the terrace in the mornings.

We sampled the local specialty, limoncello.

Bouganvilla grows everywhere. We tried to grow this in Seattle once but it died over the winter.

We spent some time sunbathing, the weather was perfect.

We saw several wedding parties, including this couple getting their pictures taken on the church steps.

It's fast and easy to take a ferry (or bus) to the other towns along the coast.


Our favorite town was Ravello which is nested high up in the hills...

...with breathtaking views.

While in Ravello, we visited Villa Cimbrone...

...and then bought some local ceramics. Then the rest of the day I was agonizing over the thought that we got ripped off, but Tim convinced me we weren't.

We kept seeing the city waste people in Rome sweeping with this style of broom, it reminds me of something out of a Grimm Brothers fairy tale.


All in all a great trip, but I'm always so glad to be back home too.

15 comments:

Jenny said...

That area is just breathtaking! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

Vicki said...

The Amalfi coast is just so beautiful!

Deepika said...

Jenny said it! It's breathtaking. I am getting goosebumps just thinking what it must be like to actually be there. The ceramics are so pretty. Tell us about the people... Did you get to interact with any?

Trudy Callan said...

I love seeing all of the pictures. Share as many as you would like. I don't think any of us will tire of seeing them. They are so breathtaking. This is making me wish to take a trip there. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. And I also would love to hear about the people and the culture and your interactions with them and thoughts about them, anything funny that happened, etc.

Melissa said...

Such breathtaking views - wow!!! Looks like so much fun, does it suck to be back to reality?

cidell said...

So, how did we feel about the limoncello? I love lemon and was SO excited for it. But, I'm a lightweight and it was too strong for me!

You could be a travel writer you know ;)

rhymeswithspoon said...

Sounds like a *lovely* trip! I was on the Amalfi cost about 9 years ago. It's really a magical little place.

Amy said...

That looks like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us!

June said...

I'm getting nostalgic looking at your pictures! I lived in Naples, Italy for 3 years and made the short drive to the Amalfi Coast often. I miss it so!

Little Hunting Creek said...

I love Italy! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. I'm always planning my next trip.

Sharon said...

Those are simply beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. sniff, sniff, makes me want to go on vacation. Great views!

Maggie said...

Wow, what wonderful pictures. Better than the travel channel! What hotel was that on the Amalfi Coast? Just in case I really get there someday... I can dream and enjoy your pictures until then, can't I? Keep them coming.

Dana said...

Amazing!! I'm such a home-body I envy your adventerous spirit!

Jacqui said...

Such gorgeous views. And all that limoncello - yum!

Country Lou said...

Hello from Italy! I'm glad you spent such a wonderful time in my country.
As for the fabrics I can say that Bassetti Fabric Store is one of the most expensive in Italy...
Love your creations !!
Take care,

Luisa