Piazza Duomo

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  • Day12

    Up to Ravello

    December 31, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Ravello is about 4 km and 500 m up, a good aerobic walk! So I walked while Joe took the bus. We met up top and after the obligatory cappucino, we visited the Cathedral (some beautiful mosaics) and the Villa Rufolo (an old hodge podge of buildings from the XII century onward, bought by a rich guy and restored in the 19th century— the main attraction was the VIEWS!!!). Absolutely gorgeous views from up there.

    Trying to get good information on bus options down was nearly impossible, since it is New Year’s Eve. So a group of 8 piled into a cab and in a few minutes we were back in Amalfi.

    All of the restaurants are booked with gala dinners, so we have found a little enoteca that will feed us some dinner as long as we are out by 9:30. We hope to see the fireworks from the seaside promenade, but I fear that thousands of others will have the same idea!

    Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
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  • Day13

    Architecture, Music, and a Hike

    January 1, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    What a very nice way to start 2019– first, a visit to the cathedral (unfortunately the stunning romanesque facade was not matched with a similar interior — on orders of some king, the whole inside got a baroque make-over). St. Andrew is buried here, and his remains are reported to undergo a similar annual miracle as San Gennaro in Naples — instead of his blood liquifying, it is some substance that oozes out of the container of his remains. Rather grotesque, actually, but I get the role that faith plays in these things and in the lives of the congregants.

    Then a surprise — a chamber orchestra playing all sorts of music in a free concert inside the basilica. Our favorites were the various opera pieces — all very well known, from Carmen, Merry Widow, Granada, a few more. We enjoyed it a lot.

    From there, time to walk. Up, up, up again, just as high as yesterday, but to another town, Pontone, which looks across a gorge at Ravello. In Pontone, luckily, we found an unexceptional pizzeria open, so Joe could sit and eat while I went on to the Torre dello Ziro, and up to the ruined church of Sant Eustacio. Unfortunately, the site was closed —I would really have liked to see the apse up close.

    Back down just as the sun was setting — time to think about dinner options. Lots of restaurants seem to be closed, but there are crowds in the square outside our room again, enjoying more folklore. I am pretty sure there will not be late night concerts, at least I am hoping that’s the case!
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  • Day12

    Happy 2019!

    December 31, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

    Very good dinner in the little enoteca, though we could have stopped eating after the antipasti. But I guess it is a night for wretched excess.

    It is a very good thing we squeezed in a few hours’ nap before the fireworks, because the concert in the square went on till 4 or 5. I didn’t even bother to look at my watch when it finally ended, I was just so relieved to hear the silence.

    At about 11:30, we awoke to the sound of traditional music, and followed a long procession of music-makers in traditional dress out to the beach. Then the fireworks (they were super!), with a return procession to the cathedral. At that point, the traditional music gave way to loud loud loud. First a live band (I was so happy to hear someone say what sounded like “last song” in Italian, only to realize that it was just the last live song and. a DJ had taken over). Though I wouldn’t say I reallly enjoyed the music, it was fun to see the square filled with so many others who were.

    I woke up around 8, to another day of brilliant sunshine, and was surprised to see that though the light and sound equipment was still up, the square was spotless. Amalfi takes its public places very seriously.
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  • Day12


    May 19, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today we arrived in Sorrento,and dropped our bags off at our hotel. We were early,so we planned to catch a bus to Amalfi through Positano. What a wonderful, if perilous drive that was!

    This is the lemon capital of Italy,and every inch of space on the side of volcanic cliffs are filled with either limpet-like buildings clinging to the sides, or lemon tree groves.

    The skill of the bus driver was impressive,as the roads are incredibly narrow and winding. Cars squeeze past and motor scooters zip by.

    Amalfi is only 26 km from Sorrento, but it takes an hour and a half to get there! Once arriving, we had a great day wandering with the thousands of other tourists in town, it was Sunday after all.

    In the late afternoon, footsore and weary, having walked 25000 steps (again), we boarded the bus back home. We got to our room,in the base of an old light-house “Il Faro”, and found it had a balcony inset into the volcanic rock that was the cliff face. Showered and changed, we headed out for dinner, and found a delightful little restaurant. Salt and pepper shrimp, cooked and eaten whole - so fresh and tender. Paul took a big risk and ordered lasagna, safe today, it was not as good as mine, but it was worthy. I had a lovely piece of sea schnapper gratinato - topped with lovely crunchy breadcrumbs, and roasted baby potatoes. Yum! Paul was given a “man-sized” beer - looked like a litre and a half, and I drank a whole bottle of wine. We finished off with ice cold limoncello,of course. Suffice to say, it’s lucky we were close to our hotel, because I cannot remember getting there! Haha!
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  • Day50

    The town of Amalfi

    May 14, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    After a crazy busy ride from Positano, where a bus only slightly narrower than the cliffside road negotiated hairpin turns while meeting other cars and buses, I arrived in Amalfi. This cute town felt larger than Positano with more open space and the bus arrived right in the rather lovely port. There were lots of people and it was up around 25° so I headed for the town to explore and to have a look at the intriguing church I could see.

    It was a very old Cathedral with an interesting museum attached to it. For a mere 3€ you could enter and look around. Many of the pictures and statue dated back to the 14th Century and as always I found it fascinating. The cool shade was welcome too!

    I headed up the hill to the next bay and took some pictures and explored the area. It is all rather picture postcard beautiful. I sat for a while at a beachside cafe nursing a small beer for a while and enjoyed some people watching.

    I went early for the bus back to Sorrento as I had been warned they fill up late in the day. Queuing in the hot sun, the small Kathmandu umbrella I carry everywhere came in handy as a sunshade and I received a few envious looks! The bus ride back was just as crazy but I met a lovely young Australian midwife and we chatted most of the way back. I am getting to meet so many nice people in my travels!
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  • Day43

    Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea, Amalfi

    October 11, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    With it being a cloudier day today we decided to scrap our plans of spending the day on the beach and instead we visited the Duomo di Amalfi, Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea. What a pleasant surprise this Cathedral was. Very pretty but not overdone on the outside and also unique to the others we have seen.

    Built between the 9th and 10th centuries on the ruins of a previous temple, it is now a conglomeration of two churches and a bell tower that have been modified and added to over several centuries. It houses a museum and the Cathedral and is definitely worth a visit.

    Someone asked if we were over seeing churches and old buildings but every one we have visited has had its own unique features that amaze us every time. And this one was no different.

    The lush garden of the Cloisters of Paradise was a pleasant surprise, surrounded by the white, almost Moroccan style arches, it made a pretty picture. And if you stood in just the right place you could capture a photo of the adjoining bell tower through an arched window.

    As with many other cathedrals a lot of the artwork that remain are not full pieces and we just get a glimpse of what it would have once looked like. This was the case for the upper floor of the museum but the crypt was another story.

    Completed in 1208, it holds the relics of the apostle, St Andrew, to whom the church is dedicated. The crypt has been very well preserved. With its stunningly decorated arches, beautiful chandeliers and amazing statues and alters, it was breathtaking!!

    The cathedral itself was also beautiful with arches of white contrasting against the highly decorated pulpit and naves. And of course there was the odd skull on display.

    This was worth the €3 admission (we overheard some people complaining about having to pay) and a great place to visit.
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  • Day7

    Chiostro de Paradiso

    October 8, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Natürlich zieht es uns als erstes hinein in den Dom, den wir durch den Kreuzgang betreten. Schon dieser Teil ist absolut sehenswert und bietet gut erhaltene Fresken. Die ursprüngliche Basilika aus dem 10. Jahrhundert dient heute als Museum. In der Krypta liegen die Gebeine des Apostels Andreas, der hier als Schutzpatron Amalfis natürlich ganz besonders verehrt wird.Read more

  • Day7

    Pizza mit Aussicht

    October 8, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Bis zur Rückfahrt des Bootes haben wir noch jede Menge Zeit, so dass wir uns erstmal mitten auf der Piazza eine leckere Pizza bei herrlicher Aussicht auf den Dom gönnen. Heute ist Samstag, so dass sich hier jede Menge Bräute tummeln, die fürs Hochzeitsfoto vorm Dom posieren. Vom edlen Traum in champagnerfarbener Spitze bis zum rosanen Sahnetüllbonbon ist tatsächlich alles dabei. Und wir sitzen in der ersten Reihe... :-)

    Zum Nachtisch gibt es ein paar Meter weiter noch ein feines Gelato - okay, wir sind voll in die Tourifalle getappt, und haben viel zu viel bezahlt, aber das Eis war ein Genuss :-)

    Dann lassen wir uns noch ein bisschen durch die Stadt treiben, kaufen Mibringsel, und dann müssen wir auch schon zurück zum Hafen.
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