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Up the Boot (2): Amalfi Coast and Pompeii

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Yes, both in one day.

I had intended to stay behind in Sorrento because I had seen both Amalfi and Pompeii previously, and with more time to play with, and because I found this schedule far too rushed. But I was talked into joining this day tour. Probably the wrong decision. I saw nothing of Sorrento except the boat landing where the ferry to Capri departed, and the view from the water.

In high season - and October is peak season for coach tours - the Amalfi Road is a one-way street for tour buses. They are allowed to drive from West to East, but not vice versa in order to avoid congestions caused by big buses meeting in narrow curves and getting stuck. So we joined the file, the "goose march" as we say in German.
The Amalfi Coast is certainly spectacular. Enjoying landscape views from a moving bus is difficult, though. We had an excellent bus driver but the ride on this winding road along the abyss made the faces of many passengers turn into an unhealthy greenish colour. On the way we had a quick photo stop at a viewpoint above Positano to snap the view in the first photo, then we continued to Amalfi. In amalfi the group had a walking tour of the centre and the cathedral with a local guide. Once more I preferred to go on my own. A few years earlier I had spent a two week holiday in Amalfi, so I just went for a leisurely walk and revisited a couple of favourite spots and shops. I see that I did not even take photos becaue I already had enough (so I thought) at home. This would not happen to me any more today...

After about two hours in Amalfi we continued the coastal drive until Vietri, where we entered the motorway north to Pompeii.

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A lot has been written about the excavation site of Pompeii, the ancient Roman town, and the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. - including a little paper that I had to write for an art history class at uni - so I don't want to bother you with lengthy explanations. All this is well documented. This visit was a repetition for me; as a student I had been there on a history excursion. So I abandoned the group and their guide again and explored on my own. Here are a couple of impressions...

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Posted by Kathrin_E 15:44 Archived in Italy

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Amalfi is also very high on my list, I mean all the villages. And Vietri for some nice ceramics :-)

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