Everything you have heard or read about the Amalfi coast is true. The views are stunning, the traffic is appalling, the cuisine in southern Italy is unforgettable, and the drive through the hills gives new meaning to breath-taking. You hold your breath because you are sure you are never going to survive the trip.
There have been many words written about the coast, but just off the coast is the island of Capri. Famous for being famous, Capri is definitely worth seeing, but I think it’s a day trip, not a place to stay. It’s also not a place for the feeble. Nor is any of the Amalfi coast for that matter. You must be in decent physical shape, because everything is a climb and there is little you can do to circumvent that. Forget the Italian stilettos; wear your walking shoes, bring lots of water, and be prepared to trudge up and down hills all over the coast.
Capri is a short ferry ride from Sorrento, which was my base. The ride was cool and the scenery from the water is spectacular. The water was a deep, sapphire blue and dared you to dive in. Capri was a touristy, but pretty place. The higher up you go, the better the views. The crowds do not, however, thin out. There are stores galore and you buy everything Italian; from sandals to exquisites tiles. The namesake perfume Capri is a delicious-smelling scent that can’t be found anywhere else. Lemoncello flows freely and the seafood is fresh and delicious. Ferries run frequently, so you can linger by the port and watch the boats and the tourists come and go while sitting outside and sipping your favorite drink.