Sunday, May 23, 2010

Day 21 - Wednesday 12th May - Pompeii, Sorrento & Positano on the Amalfi Coast

We left early this morning for our drive to the Amalfi Coast located in the south of Italy. Our first stop was at Pompeii where we did a tour of the ancient ruins of this once thriving city. Pompeii was destroyed and left under piles of ash after Mt Vesuvius erupted in 49 AD. It lay under ash for many hundreds(?) of years before being excavated and what is left is the ruins of homes, shops, streets, its magnificent main square with its many columns, artefacts and mummified bodies. Amazing.
Next we drove on to Sorrento in the south of Italy. Once there we took smaller buses to drive along the steep, narrow roads of the tall cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. The sights were spectacular, the drive an experience - these Italian drivers are crazy. Had a stop overlooking the picturesque town of Positano - many white and also colourful buildings built into the cliffs all the way down to the beach. We continued our drive along tall cliffs and then winded down into the little township of Positano. Stopped at the start of the town, it's too steep to drive down into it. We walked down its many narrow lanes to the beach. All beautiful!
Too soon we had to leave and drove back to Sorrento which was also a lovely port town. We shopped briefly before stopping at a clifftop bar overlooking the bay where we rested and had a wine. Our next stop was the journey to our hotel. It had changed from its original destination to a much better one. Our tour director Jon said we were on top of the world and he wasn't wrong! We were up really high overlooking Sorrento and many other of the pretty little towns in the area! Another fabulous day of sights and experiences!

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