A 8:00 am flight from Catania mean leave the hotel at 6am. After hiking on Etna the day before, no one is too thrilled with this, but what ya gonna do? Uneventfully, we go to the airport to catch our flight to Napoli. Since Pompeii is between Napoli and Positano it makes sense to see that on our way. We stop and get a guide to take us through the ruins. As interesting as it is, we were definite reaching our saturation point. I mean, two weeks of go, go, go and we were getting done, done, done. Our guide was a real character; probably a retired teacher. He 'acquired' a bottle of water so that through out the ruins, he could pour it on the mosaics to show us the brilliant colors still existed. Best part was he cursed in multi languages. I've always said,one of the most important things you can learn in a new language are the curse words. That was you know when the locals are pissed at you. This guy didn't like a lot of people in a lot of different languages!
After walking around Pompeii for a couple of hours we headed to Positano. Sunday traffic was too heavy to go along the water so we went over the mountains. Beautiful views, lots of switchbacks.
The Amalfi Coast lives up to its reputation of stunning vista but what you don't see in the travel brochures are the narrow, twisty roads that have full sized buses on them. Just close your eyes and pray. We get to La Fenice and realize that Positano is more vertical than Taormina! We have 3 large bags, 4 carry-on and 2 purses and our room is 4 flights above the road. Thankfully, the owner and his teenage son are there to help with the bags. Damn good thing because I can just about drag myself up. Our rooms are beautiful and just above the breakfast area which has WI-fie. Thank God, the kids are happy because there is no TV. Fine with me because I intend on spending serious vegging time. The only thing that was on our to do list was a trip to Capri but when it came down to it, resting was more important. Let's put it this way: we asked the owner for a good place to eat and he mentioned a bunch all within walking distance and two that were farther away but had a car service that picked you up. Yup. we took the car. Actually,Scirocco was one of the best places we ate on the entire trip! ristorantescirocco.it The Sea Bass I had was superb. It was so good we ate there twice, which I tend not to do because there are so many great places to eat, but the view from the cliff, the staff, the food... all worth a second trip!
The rest of the trip was just walking into town, shopping, a trip to the beach (486 stairs - each way!) and Chris rented an adventure scooter. Ryan & I opted for the local attractions while Paige hopped on the back of the scooter. After they went to Amalfi and saw the cathedral there, they had to come back and bring me. so , off I went on the adventure scooter and yes, it was worth it. I could have done with out the bus exhaust but it was still worth it.
We never did get to Capri but we were well rested for the rest of the trip.