Positano and the Amalfi Coast

I had an eventful drive from Rome to Positano, mostly because the GPS lady and I were having trust issues, but I arrived safely to my hotel, walked out onto the balcony and saw this:

The view alone made the difficult drive worthwhile. Positano is a modest village on the Amalfi Coast between Sorrento and Solerno, in the region of Campania. It’s blankets the craggy hillside like all the coastal towns here, with the commercial area wedged into a fold in the hill leading down to the Mediterranean, where boats await passengers for the 40-minute trip to the island of Capri.Positano was a thriving port during the Middle Ages and through the 17th century, but experienced hard times in the 1800s when more than half the population emigrated. Tourism began to take hold here in the 1950s, especially after a 1953 magazine essay by John Steinbeck appeared in Harper’s Bazaar. He wrote: “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” One of the more interesting Positano facts is that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote “Midnight Rambler” in a bar here.

It was the last weekend of “the season” and many hotels and restaurants were in the process of closing down. I did the Capri trip, pleasant enough, and found a few really good restaurants with amazing views, but basically it was a quiet couple of days and a good chance to decompress from and reflect on the previous month in Italy and Croatia. Positano and Capri are both extremely vertical environments, providing ample exercise by necessity, and my knee held up well, which was encouraging.

No reason for more words than that, so … ciao!



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2 thoughts on “Positano and the Amalfi Coast

  1. Hey Ruffin! It’s Jim Olson from the Grand Canyon trip. Tom Briggs turned me on to your site. Good to see your face again. It turns out that my family and I were in Salzburg while you were there. Then we went through Switzerland and down into Italy. We left our daughter in Florence, and is still there. We traveled some of the same places you discuss just a few weeks before you. It’s good to read your stories as they capture the experience well. Good luck on your journey. I’ll be reading with interest.

    Jim Olson

  2. Wow, I have pictures just like these. What breathtaking views they are. However, the Amalfi Coast drive was a true “white-knuckle” trip. Bonnie from PVB/gym

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