Thank God for Jeff. We met Jeff, the truly unforeseen part of our trip, at the only Irish Pub in all of Italy. He was sitting at the bar next to us, when he noticed our American accents and proceeded to ask where we were from. A few more beers, a couple laughs and interesting anecdotes, and Jeff had sold us on taking us to the towns of Positano and Amalfi. A professional tour guide in Sorrento, originally from Seattle, Jeff assured us that we would regret coming all the way to Sorrento and not seeing Positano and Amalfi, and after a short drive, a day on the beach, and a walk on the pier, he was completely right- we would have regretted it.
While Sorrento offers so much of everything, Positano and Amalfi offer the perfect amount of one thing, sheer splendor. The drive in is a winding roller coaster of awesomely steep drops to a rocky sea, views of jagged cliffs of precariously hanging rocks, small tunnels through those same cliffs, homes built into the side of the rock face that defy engineering logic, and views of the Siren Islands and small coves of inexplicable magnificence. In Positano, it’s the beach, plain and simple. We got a few slices of pizza from the local deli, a big bottle of water, a few beach chairs and swam, sat, and relaxed. Amalfi requires a bit more exploration. We didn’t have much time, so we visited the Amalfi Cathedral, the resting place of St. Andrew the Apostle, and then sauntered out to the pier to take in more stunning views of the world’s most famous coast. Jeff was certainly right, we would have regretted it, and even though we were able to experience both places, we still regretted the fact that we didn’t have more time.
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