Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, we spent a day driving the Amalfi Coast with the most wonderful driver! His name was Raffaele Monetti, and he and his family operate a taxi / tour company. He genuinely made the day. He was an excellent driver, which was a relief to someone like me who is prone to motion sickness. He has the day down to a precise science – ensuring we see the highlights and avoid the things that aren’t worth it.
[The views along the drive were really spectacular!]
[Positano – the first of our stops for the day, and my favorite]
We had pastries and cappuccino at La Zagara, which was delicious! This whole region grows a lot of lemons, but we found some of the largest of the trip on display at this little restaurant!
[With our wonderful guide]
The Amalfi Cathedral is the highlight of the town of Amalfi. It’s over 1,000 years old!
[I’ve experienced the blue cloth at some cathedrals where they want your shoulders covered, but never the paper shawl. It was so loud and crinkly!]
Our final stop was Ravello – a town sitting high up on the cliffs. It overlooked vineyards, lemon groves, and of course, the sea! We had lunch at a fabulous place called Da Salvatore, and of course, Raffaele made sure we had a table overlooking the view!
The town was really small, but we enjoyed peaking in a couple of shops, eating gelato, and walking through the gardens at Villa Rufolo, which had some of the best views of the day!
We rode all the way back to Sorrento – stopping for a lemon slush along the way, which was a treat from our sweet driver! The day was really incredible.
Back in Sorrento, we got in our car and drove back to Naples. We were staying at a hotel near the Naples airport, since we both had early morning flights. The drive back was intense. So many aggressive drivers and so much chaos! “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” was my philosophy. But, I was happy to find our hotel and get rid of our rental car successfully.
Naples (or Napoli) is the birthplace of pizza, so I had a recomendation for a place in the city where we had to try a pizza. Our first taxi driver dropped us at a huge piazza that proved to be nowhere near our restaurant. Our second taxi driver was more accurate. Dal Presidente Pizzeria wasn’t fancy at all, but the pizza was good! And apparently, President Clinton is a past client, too.
Experiencing the grittiness of Naples was a huge juxtaposition from our other Italian destinations like Sorrento, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast, but it made for a very well-rounded trip. For those wondering if you should spent time in Naples, I would advise you to hold your purses tight, eat a pizza, and head south to the Amalfi Coast!