Night location: Capri, Italy
A muse of the day: It's always dangerous taking Gemma's advice. Gareth learned this the hard way today when his 'black and white fish' arrived at lunch today. She had insisted that Dad had ordered this dish in 2011 but alas, he had not. Gareth's meal was an assortment of sea creatures that had been deep fried, with deep fried Zucchini strips.
An epic day as we returned for the third time to Ravello and the Amalfi Coast. Given that we are now in low season (crazy given the spectacular weather) there was no early ferry to Amalfi. David solved this problem by organising a transfer in a Mercedes mini van from Sorrento to Ravello. It was great returning to Sorrento (minus the mound of luggage), to see the lengthy port, the road with the miniature pedestrian painted strip and the death staircase that we walked down with all of our luggage in 2011. We laughed when we saw the spot where Dad and David had deposited us in order to return the hire car, which was still in full sun, with no seats and surrounded by tourists.
The Amalfi Coast was as we remembered, breathtakingly beautiful with sheer cliffs on both sides of the road and hair raising around sharp corners and through tunnels. This time in Ravello we decided to visit Villa Rufolo which is famous as it is the site of Ravello's concerts. It was very impressive to see the make-shift stage being deconstructed from its location over the edge of the cliff. The flowers were stunning and the Moorish cloister was particularly interesting.
Once again, we wound our way up through the narrow streets to Villa Maria and it's spectacular terrace under the wisteria arbour and fig tree. Here we were revived with macchiatos and granita de limone. Gemma and Gareth visited Villa Cimbrone with the Avenue of Immensity and Terrace of Infinity, while Amber and David returned to explore the ceramic shops.
Ravenous after an early breakfast in Capri, we descended on the bus to Amalfi and our favourite restaurant, da Gemma. The caprese three ways was incredible as were the variations of chocolate and lemon desserts. We love Amalfi.
So as to maximise our day, the plan was to catch the 4:20pm ferry from Amalfi to Positano, arrive at 4:45 in order to board the 5:00pm ferry to Capri. The ferry left Amalfi late and therefore we only had five minutes to disembark, buy the tickets, find the docked ferry and get on! David was the first off the boat and ran to the ticket booth while Amber, Gemma and Gareth located the boat and insisted that we wanted to board and our fourth person was buying tickets. David took a terrifically long time as the ticket booth lady was in a flummox and insisted she call the boat to confirm that it was ok to sell him the tickets. She did not know the number but upon the eventual confirmation, David took off running in what he thought was the right direction as there was a massive line of turismos heading to Amalfi that were blocking his way. Amber did a 'teacher voice' yell and beckoned him in the right direction. We made it, thank goodness or else we could still be on the mainland like foolish turismos!