Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Sorrento, Ravello and Isle of Capri <3
19.09.2008 - 21.09.2008
The 3 Day Italian Adventure was so incredibly fantastic - to sum it up simply!
The whole thing started off a little rocky...sleeping straight through my alarm and almost missing the bus but from there things improved (and after an espresso to fix the morning mood!) We had a relatively small group which was good so we each got the double seat on the coach to ourselves to stretch out and lay down in the few awkward positions we have figured out over the last 6 weeks of bus trips.
First stop was Pompeii where we took a guided tour with this crazy little Italian man who loved to laugh at his own jokes a lot of the time which in turn made us laugh...at him. Good times. Pompeii was really interesting and it was good to have the guided tour as well to point out the smaller points and the history to it that we wouldnt have otherwise known - for example the fact that there are big penis' carved into walls and the road everywhere?! In fact I stubbed my toe and almost tripped over one! Apparently these were their version of arrows pointing towards the many many brothels that were in Pompeii back in the day. As if that wasnt weird enough they had seriously olden day porn on the walls of this almost perfectly preserved brothel that we were taken through and my god im not a shy person but I was happy to be out of there!!! Weird people they were. Overall it was very very interesting. Then I was just blindly following the group towards the bus to head on our way to Sorrento when we were taken into a room and some women were thrusting free limincello samples and chocolate limincello liquer into our hands. We didnt complain!!
The weather turned pretty bad that night in Sorrento, just in time for our night tour of the city and then dinner and drinks out so we were all trudging around in the torrential rain which wasnt so fun...but the dinner was lovely and the cocktails afterwards at the little pub we went to...lethal! So strong, so cheap and so good!! We ended up back at the campsite at about 2am ... and then up the next morning at about 6am for a full day of fun at Capri. Luckily the weather fined up again and it was sunny but still oh so cold.
Had I known I would find myself on a one hour boat cruise through Capri in really really rough waters I probably would have thought twice about a few of the cocktails from the night before!! It was so beautiful though, I have never seen water as beautifully coloured as that in my life. Luckily I have a strong stomach so it was only in the last 10 minutes of the boat ride where my friend and I were being thrown out of our seats as we were going over the waves that I started to feel sea-sick. Then onto Anacapri up further above the little town of Capri. Views were fantastic and the whole place was just full of incredible shops and possibly some of the best gelato we have ever tasted!
Then a mad dash to the ferry and we were back at the campsite a few hours later (after more shopping in Sorrento..again, dangerous) and we crashed in our little crappy cabin that leaked water everytime somebody showered and all our stuff piled onto our beds so it didnt get wet...worse accommodation I have been in yet!! But we were only in the cabins to sleep so it was quite bareable.
Our last day of the trip was mainly spent on the bus, jumping on and off and cool lookout points, travelling throughout Amalfi Coast and stopping at the little town of Amalfi and Ravello for much needed espresso and yummy breakfast. The Amalfi Coast was simply stunning!! It was the most beautiful place I ever seen and I had those brief moments where I couldnt actually believe where I was and what I was looking at. But the windy, incredibly narrow roads were a bit of a test...I feared for my life a few times when some crazy Italian drivers were speeding along and the bus would veer dangerously close to the edge of the cliff so that I looked out the window and struggled to see any land at all beside the wheel of the bus!! Scary. And again...I was grateful I have a strong stomach because I survived about 4 hours of the ridiculous mountain roads motion sickness free but was starting to feel it by the end of the trip. I was thankful for the long endless straight roads back into Rome!!
This was definately one of my favourite parts of the trip on the whole, it was incredible and the photos just dont do it justice (especially with my lack of photography skills).