AmalfiOctober 10 in Italy
Our destination for today was Amalfi and the easiest way to get here was by ferry. Such a pleasant way to travel and with a fabulous view of the coast line to admire on the way.
We were sad to be leaving Sorrento as we really enjoyed our time there and were hoping Amalfi would be just as good... and it was but in a totally different way. Sorrento has a bit of sophistication about it (I think that’s the best way to describe it). It is very ordered and dressed to impress, which it does. Amalfi is a maze of alleyways to explore off the main street and down the alleyways are cool shops, different to what we have seen elsewhere, and excellent restaurants to enjoy. It has a real old Italian charm about it and the alleys have been decorated with planters, artwork etc so it’s as pretty as picture.
I do have to admit though that Amalfi does have a couple of strange water features. One is the fountain in the main square which was currently under restoration. I’m not sure what the sculptor was thinking when he positioned the water spouts. Very interesting choice.
The other is a fountain that was La Fontana de Cape ‘e Ciucci. The fountain was built of stone and the two faces of marble in the 18th century. The name derives from the old custom of when donkeys came down from the village of Pogerola and were led there to drink. For some reason in 1974 people started placing small figurines on the rocks of the fountain with the purpose of creating a nativity scene. Over the years many of the figurines have been submerged and for some reason this fountain has become a tourist attraction. To say it isn’t attractive would be an understatement as I don’t think there is anything pretty about this fountain.
We had a couple of days to enjoy here and as it isn’t a big town we relaxed, enjoyed browsing the shops and did lots of eating and drinking.
On the first day we found a very cute restaurant by mistake down a small alley. It had so much charm and what we thought was just a small alleyway restaurant was in fact quite a huge establishment that had been running for 35 years. We were lucky enough to sit in the small courtyard surrounded by old buildings. Very authentic.
After dinner we thought we had better buy a dessert from Pasticceria Pansa, which has been serving sweets since 1830.
Opened by Andrea Pansa, a master in the art of confectionery, and managed by five generations of Pansas, the café/pastry shop has been selling its sweets, cookies, candied fruit and chocolates. Part of the enjoyment was unwrapping the beautifully wrapped package they give you when your order to go. It was like Christmas. And the “gift” inside was delicious. We could see (taste) why the shop was so successful.
The weather wasn’t the best on our second day so after a visit to the Cathedral we decided to relax with drink before lunch and returned to a restaurant in the quieter square beneath our accommodation. I love the old Italian men trying to entice people into their restaurants. They have a sense of humour and a twinkle in their eye. It worked on us and we ended up enjoying not only a drink but a delicious lunch AND a dessert (Brad only, I was good/full), and a lot of banter. A fun way to spend the afternoon and when the owner started introducing us as his brother and sister, we asked for a family discount.
Amalfi definitely impressed us and we have loved this part of the Italian coast.Read more