During our May 2023 trip to Italy, we decided to take a ferry along the Amalfi Coast from Salerno to Sorrento. We stopped briefly at both Amalfi and Positano on our journey. I hate to say this, but the Amalfi Coast was my least favorite part of this trip. Not that I did not love the area, it was just a bit too crowded for me.
We started our journey on the Almafi Coast from Salerno. Having toured the Greek Temples in Paestum, our driver took us to the ferry port at Salerno.
What a drive it was! The poor guy went down a one way the wrong way, took the same wrong turn twice and delivered us to the wrong port. Thankfully he asked if he was in the right spot and didn’t just drop us off and leave. He was redirected and he must have hit every road construction possible! But he still got us to our ferry on time! Albeit, we had to run to catch the ferry as we saw it boarding in the distance. They saw us running waited for us and shut the gate behind us as we boarded. Out of breath, we climbed to top deck as the ferry was taking off. Much too close for comfort but we loved our driver and felt so bad for him.
Along the Way
As we settled on our seats and relaxed, we enjoyed all of the small towns we passed on our way towards our first stop of Almafi. The ferry was crowded and as we stopped at each village it seemed as if more people were boarding than departing so it was hard to get photos but I did snap a few.
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It seemed like in no time we reached Amalfi. We were both pretty excited seeing the town from the sea. There even seemed to be an excitement on the ferry and many people disembarked. Once at the port, the crowd naturally gravitated towards the main entrance of the city. Since we don’t like crowds, we chose instead to walk a bit further to the right and then enter through a smaller entrance. It was a great decision.
It was after lunch time and we were feeling pretty hungry. We found ourselves in a bit more of a residential type area but much to our delight, we could smell some wonderful Italian cuisine and saw a cute little place to eat in the corner. This spot was perfect. We ordered our daily dose of pizza and Caprese salad. Not only was the pizza the best we had thus far, it was also the least expensive. Who would have figured, our least expensive meal would be in Amalfi.
After lunch we found a narrow street that led to the main part of Amalfi. We wandered the town and stopped at The Duomo of Amalfi. The Duomo is a Roman Catholic Church which dates back to the year 987. The large green doors of thee cathedral were made in Constantinople before 1066 and are one of the oldest doors of this type.
Other than eating and roaming the town a bit, we did not spend much time in Amalfi. The shops seemed to have the same types of merchandise that we saw in Sorrento only a heftier price tag. We went back to the port, enjoyed the views of the town from the dock and waited patiently for our ferry to take us to Positano.
Back on the Water
Once again, we boarded the ferry and enjoyed the views of the Amalfi Coast on our way to Positano.
It did not take long at all before the famous panoramic view of Postiano came into view. I must say, it was pretty exciting pulling up to the port at Positano.
Again, in Positano we wandered the streets making our way up the hill to snap some photos of this iconic town. It was mid afternoon and the sun was not in a good spot for photo taking but I did get a couple of good ones. As it was crowded we didn’t stay long and in fact, we were looking forward to going back to Sorrento and spending the evening there.
After roaming Positano we hopped back on the ferry and returned to Sorrento. It was a long day and in the morning we were going to visit Capri so we called it an early night.
All in all, a ferry along the Amalfi coast and visiting Amalfi and Positano was enjoyable. Althouhg not the highlight of my trip as I had thought it would be, it was still worth doing. That being said, if we return to this area I would skip visiting these towns and instead hike more and visit some off the coast towns.
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