Friday, November 11, 2011

More time on the Amalfi Coast: Sorrento, Positano, & Amalfi

This past week my parents, Alan and Gaye, came to Italy to visit us. It was their first time in this beautiful country and we planned a packed itinerary for them. We hired Gerry from Sorrento First Choice to be our tour guide and driver for the day on Saturday. Mom was hesitant at first about going on the twisty winding roads of the Amalfi Coast, but quickly lost any feeling of nausea when she saw the beautiful sights below her.

Our first stop was Sorrento, which Jon and I had never been to before. The main street was lined with high end shops, hotels, and cute restaurants. We walked down a narrow street with shops catering to tourists in the market for art, ceramics, and other Italian souvenirs. Of course we gobbled it up! We walked towards the water and took in the scenery. Sorrento is a charming town and we can see why so many people flock to it.

Our next stop was Positano. We walked the tight uneven streets down to the beach and were met with gorgeous views! The sight from the beach looking up the cliff side was one that we had never experienced before.  The sharp edges of the mountains jutted out as the waves crashed into the shore. It was quite a scene!

Positano from above.
Next was lunch at a cute restaurant atop a cliff with amazing food! It was actually the same restaurant that a different driver took us when we were with Lori and Joe. With all of the different foods and wines that came out I thought my parents' eyes were going to pop out! There were about 10 different appetizers and four different pastas, along with four different desserts. The food just kept coming out! We laughed and joked around as we started to feel the wine. The meal ended with limoncello shots. We had told mom she had to drink the whole thing and not waste it. Before we knew it her drink was gone before any of us had barely touched ours! More than impressed, the three of us drank ours and giggled our way out (it was revealed later that she took the limoncello and dumped it in her remaining wine... that crazy mom!)

The view from our table.
A plate at the restaurant.

It sure was a quiet ride on the way to the town of Amalfi. The winding roads mixed with wine and limoncello (plus some jetlag for mom and dad) made us all very tired and sleepy. We stayed in Amalfi for about an hour and before we knew it, it was time to drive back. What a fantastic day on the Amalfi Coast... many memories were made and we'll never forget the time we spent together.

A street in Amalfi.


  1. What a wonderful day you had together! You all look well "satisfied" with breathtaking views, cobblestone streets and food. And I remember the food at that restaurant!..Yum. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

  2. Just looking at these beautiful pictures of all of us makes me so happy! The only thing that makes me sad is that our trip went by so fast and we had to say goodbye to Cheryl and Jon. We spent our last day in Rome, and I have to confess that I cried when Cheryl and Jon left to go back to their home in Napoli. Alan and I did manage to get around Rome by ourselves that evening, and we even ate dinner out and we communicated very well with an Italian waiter! We were very proud of ourselves!
    Italy is a beautiful country, and we were so fortunate to be able to visit and spend time with Cheryl and Jon. They were wonderful hosts and tour guides! We can't wait to visit them again and see more of Italy! We're already planning another trip for next year!

  3. Gorgeous pictures! It looks like you had a wonderful time and the limo cello story is really funny. I remember Sorrento from when I was fifteen, the inn keeper let us pick oranges from his trees and the roads were so twisty. I can't wait to see it again!