10.24.2012 - 10.28.2012
Once I moved from the house on the highway to the hotel, I was able to more fully enjoy the uniqueness of the Amalfi Coast.
I am amazed by the number of people who live in little houses all over the mountains in little villages and scattered farm houses.
The main income is tourism, olives, lemons, ceramics, and lemoncello.
On November 1, all the hotels and most of the shops will close until May. Many people work 7 days a week during the tourist season and then have no employment until the next spring.
Ravello is beautiful - the Aspen of the Amalfi area. I took the bus there and then walked down the mountainside back to Atrani. Followed the same paths and steps used by the people who tend the olives, lemons, and sheep on the terraces.
The steps in these villages are even steeper and longer than those in Siena, Corniglia, and Poreta!
If you come - arrive by train to Salerno or Sorento and take the bus to your town. Don't drive! There are too many vehicles on the road as it is and the last thing tht is needed is one more vehicle that doesn't know how to handle the road! You can get a bus or boat to any place you want to visit and the mountains are filled with marked walking paths and stairs.
The locals all drive down the middle of the road and veer at the last minute to oncoming traffic and the constant pedestrians who must also walk in the road.
I shared a taxi with another couple back to Napoli to take the train to Rome. Once we left the mountains and drove on the autostrada, the taxi driver continued to drive in the center of the road. The entire time, he straddled the line even when there were three or four marked lanes. He would only move into the center of a marked lane to pass another car. Can't imagine he would last long on the 405!
Pictures are going to be posted later. Internet is rather erratic here at the convent in Rome.
Soon, I get on board the ship and will be back in USA on November 16.