May 15 Tuesday
This was the day we were meeting Mariano from Pleasant Travel for a personalized tour on the Amalfi Coast.
I had arranged this tour and there are eight of us going on a custom tour to several of the small Sorrentine villages with Mariano, the owner of Pleasant Travel. I had used his company a couple of years ago and it was the highlight of the trip.
So at 7:30 Mariano met us on the dock and whisked us away in his air-conditioned Mercedes van for what would prove to be a fantastic day. He is from this area, the village of Piano di Sorrento in fact, and he is the perfect person to take us to visit these little known places. He speaks excellent English and has a great sense of humor.
He seems to enjoy photography too since he stopped the van numerous times so we could have the chance to take some awesome photos of the amazing views, as well as some group shots. I think those were his favorite.
As we made our way through the streets to the little towns Mariano explained all about them and we experienced the local flavor as he stopped to chat with a man delivering fresh mozzarella in Piano de Sorrento.
Shortly afterwards Mariano stopped at a small alimentaria where he had to wait a few minutes in order to buy the freshest mozzarella which was just finished being made. He bought it for us as a treat since he wanted us to taste while we were here.
When we stopped at the next place in Termini for a panorama photo we all sampled some of the best mozzarella any of us had ever had. You know the excursion from the ship did not provide this little treat! Mariano was so happy as he watched us eat this fresh local cheese.
He thought of everything and he even had an enlarged color map of the area where we were driving so we could see exactly where we had gone.
The towns on the Sorrentine peninsula included Massa Lubrense, S. Agata and Termini, to name a few.
Afterwards he drove further on the Amalfi Coast where we could have a view of Positano, and then took us back to Sorrento where we had a little free time to have a cappuccino and something sweet.
Later we would meet him when he would then take us to the pier and from there we would catch a hydrofoil to the island of Capri.
While we were in Sorrento he checked at the marina and when he came back he told us what the schedule looked like and what departure time to buy the tickets, with instructions as to the best time to return to Naples so we didn’t miss the ship later in the afternoon. He was so thorough and if anyone is considering going to the Amalfi Coast please contact him at Pleasant Travel and he can arrange any kind of tour you like.