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Amalfi…on the Tyrrhenian Sea

By Marty Way

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Prior to visiting Amalfi, if I’d been asked to point out where the Tyrrhenian Sea is, I would have put my finger on the map on a body of water known for its tyranny and pirates. However, this sea is actually on the west coast of Italy, bounded by Sardinia to the north and Sicily to the south.

We are in Amalfi and the waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea do slap the rocky shore here. Amalfi and the next town down the road, Positano, are said to be haunts of the rich and famous, and are striking architecturally as the towns are built on the cliffs of mountains that rise an abrupt 1300 meters out of the sea.IMG_6256.jpeg

The most satisfying way the access these towns along this coast, is by boat or ferry. The approach from the water gives splendid views of the coastline. However, on our travel day, high winds created chop, making the sea tyrannical. The ferries were not sailing. We took the regional bus from Sorrento to Amalfi; a wild-assed ride on a narrow road, past olive groves and vineyards, over gorges, through fog, tunnels and hair-pin turns, under rocky overhangs… and descending into town on switch-backs that snake precariously along the cliffs.

The Main Street of Amalfi meanders up a narrow gorge, making this a one-street town. The Cathedral of St. Andrea is impressive and worth a visit. Otherwise, people watching is the top attraction … if you’re not into shopping.IMG_6243




So, next time someone tells you that they went to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, you can say, “Oh yes, on the Tyrrhenian Sea.” They will look at you quizzically… but you will grin knowingly.

Posted by WayWayFar 06:02 Archived in Italy

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