Saturday, August 6, 2011

As if I wasn’t already crazy enough about Italy...

The Amalfi Coast might have Parshall, Colorado and Melrose, Scotland status as one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Charming, colorful villas seem painted into the seaside cliffs and the emerald, green water beckons to you to dive in. We ported in Naples and began the day at Pompeii, the extremely ancient civilization, buried by the neighboring, volcanic Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., still being excavated today. The views of Mt. Vesuvius were beautiful and Pompeii’s ruins fascinating. Most importantly, dogs have always been a key part of life in Pompeii, and now the ruins double as a shelter. Next, we drove from Pompeii down the famously, breath taking Amalfi drive (so not overrated) into Positano. We wandered through the charming seaside town, famous for it’s beauty, shopping, and lemon’s. After more delicious Italian food looking over the sea in Positano, we took a boat ride (the highlight of day) with amazing views to the small island of Capri. We walked through the island admiring it’s amazing views, gardens, and of course, coral and pearl jewelry. We didn’t have long in Capri due to our early cruise departure from Naples, but we definitely made the most of the time we had. I really think I could spend months solely exploring the Amalfi coast. I’m was pretty sad to leave Italy. I really love everything about  it...the history, the scenery, the art, the food, the spirited people. 

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