Once in Naples, we purchased tickets for the Circumvesuviano...wrong move! We thought it would be a scenic train, not so much...try more like an antiquated above ground subway. After finally figuring out where to purchase tickets, where to board and ultimately ending up standing and guarding our luggage for the one hour trip that included 30 or so stops, we finally arrived in Sorrento. From there, we did NOT take a bus as suggested by the ticket agent at the train station, but rather opted for a car hired for us by the Casa Angelina staff. The driver was lovely, giving us an interesting account of the history of the Amalfi region and stopping so we could take in the breath- taking scenes along the way. Apparently, the Amalfi was originally populated by dairy farmers which is why the region has an abundance of cheese and other dairy products. The Lattari Mountains derive their name from this history (late means milk in Italian, lattari loosely translated means milkmen, so mountains of those who provide milk). The Amalfi coast is also part of the Sorrentino coastline that stretches across many miles to the north and south of the Amalfi coast.
|Picture taken as we made our way to Casa Angelina|
And it doesn't end there. Beauty surrounds us everywhere, from the moment we get up in the morning!
|View from our hotel room|
We've made a few trips in to Positano. I'm kind of glad we are in Praiano, as it's a little less crowded and touristy. We had a great meal at La Strada in Praiano...stuffed zucchini flowers to die for! And today, my birthday, we celebrated at La Cova dei Saracini in Positano, a restaurant with a one star Michelin chef. The food was fabulous there too. As a special treat for my B-day, we were escorted to the rooftop patio for desert. The view was incredible. How blessed am I? Oh, and the local wine? Fabulous! And yes, we've embraced the stairs, Elaina. Even the restaurants have stairs in this place! The people that live in this region must be among the fittest in the world!