To visit the Amalfi Coast was a bucket list dream come true. We decided to brave the roads and get the full experience with a car (thankfully, Trevor has the driving skills and necessary measures of courage and crazy); and I'm so glad we did. To get from place to place along the coast allowed us to take things in wholly. We visited Furore, Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, and Maiori.
We stayed in this Furore Airbnb, which was the perfect spot because it was homey and quiet, but right in between Amalfi and Positano. The first night, exhausted and desperately hungry, we had dinner at Biancazita. Sure, it costs an arm and a leg, but if you want to splurge on a meal (which is pretty much a given on the Amalfi Coast), Mario and Francesca were welcoming and accommodating, and so excited to share their local wines and house-made cheeses. We also loved the market a few doors down, which had a great selection of fresh produce and regional finds, like goat cheese that will live on forever in my heart and olives soaked with mushrooms. The local Don Luigi wine will cost you less than two euros, and it's pretty good; and I'm not really a limoncello fan, but you can't go to the Amalfi coast and not get some!
From our little Furore perch, we ventured out to a new spot each day. We saw Positano first, descending about a million steps to the smaller of the two public beaches. It was so calm and beautiful, and we had a picnic there before taking the walking paths over to the city center for ice cream. We did pretty much the same thing in Amalfi, walking through the pedestrian mall afterward to peek in all the shops. In Maiori, we found a lovely playground by the sea, and it's a little quieter there, so it was great to let the girls run around. Unfortunately, the day we drove to Ravello, it was freezing and raining, so we weren't able to take advantage of the castle gardens, which is supposed to be the number one spot there. The drive alone was breathtaking. We also visited the Fjord Furore, which was a little tricky to get to, and, I'll admit, filthy. Oh, but you can't believe the color of the water, and Trev did a little cliff diving too.
Amalfi met all of my expectations. It's not the sort of place that is over-hyped or not worth seeing and experiencing to the fullest. The opposite--the people are warm, the food is delicious, and it is truly unlike any other place I have visited.