The idea of leaving the car parked and taking a form of public transportation rarely crosses my mind when visiting the Amalfi Coast. The drive from town to town, while hair-raising and often treacherous, is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Besides, hubs gets such a kick out of driving like the locals, zooming around winding roads while two wheels hug the cliff's edge. I wouldn't dare take that joy away from the man!
Then, it occurred to me on my last visit, that we might see the coastline in a completely different perspective if traveling by sea. So, I hunted down the ferry schedule and off we went. Pulling away from Positano was thrilling. We spotted familiar sites and found some new ones. It was amazing to see the whole town suspended off the side of the mountain instead of the small doses you get of it from land.
Gliding along, I recognized a favorite hotel, The Grand Hotel Tritone. Hubs and I were lucky enough to stay here on our first visit to the Amalfi Coast years ago. Our room's balcony literally hung off the side of the cliff. Seeing the hotel's geographic location from the sea, I can see why--the entire hotel drapes down the cliff. From the road, all you see of the hotel is a small, meager elevator shaft that takes you down to the hotel lobby.
Glimpses of the road intricately constructed into the side of the mountain was a reminder of what I wasn't missing by not driving!
This was a complete surprise! The Il Saraceno Hotel in Amalfi is converted from an ancient castle. You don't see the castle from the road--only part of the modern building. What a great find!
The site of Amalfi approached by sea is so much more specatular than it is by car! And, there's no worry to find parking.
Taking the ferry along the coast is so worth doing. Not only do you discover the shoreline from a different angle, there is something special about allowing the Mediterranean sea breezes brush through your hair.
It's so easy to do, you'd be silly not to. Ferry schedules vary depending on the season, so ask your hotel for a current schedule. Then, walk down to the beach--the dock is on the right (stand facing the sea). Tickets are about €6 and the ride is around 20 minutes. Note: there are two boats that depart from Positano. One takes you along the Amalfi Coast, the other to Capri.
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