Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Italy - Amalfi Coast

Friday, 16 September 2016

Most of today was spent in a bus negotiating the narrow, twisty, and crowded road along the Amalfi coast from Sorrento to Positano to Amalfi and back. We got off to a late start due to port bureaucracy and competition for dock space with a large cruise ship.

A look back at our ship, the Variety Voyager. Our cabin is the last set of two portholes on the left.
The Amalfi coast is rugged with many rock formations and watchtowers. Some of the rock formations have inspired names: the left photo is the "Maiden with Flowers" and the one at the lower right is called "Garibaldi's Head" (although we all agreed that Abraham Lincoln would also fit).
It's unfortunate that this photo was taken through a rainy bus window on a (slowly) moving bus. The roadside is filled with these small "Christmas villages" that are elaborately decorated and illuminated for Christmas.
The towns along the coast hug the topography and the roads are far better for walking than for motor vehicles. This is Positano.
And this is Amalfi.

The churches in this region have elaborately tiled roofs on their domes.
Another church roof.
We visited the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Amalfi.
A gilded transom above one of the cathedral doors.
Below it is a large bronze door.
One of many frescoes in the cloister area.
A full moon rises over Sorrento.

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