June 11, 2015
As we drove along the scenic Amalfi coast road my heart skipped a beat once we approached Positano, the città with the homes which appear to jut out from the cliffs. Choosing this beautiful seaside location as the last place on this Italy experience was perfect, because by now, I looked forward to relaxing in a hotel with a view of the sea.
In 1953 John Steinbeck described Positano perfectly. “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone. Its houses climb a hill so steep it would be a cliff except that stairs are cut in it. I believe that whereas most house foundations are vertical, in Positano they are horizontal. The small curving bay of unbelievably blue and green water lips gently on a beach of small pebbles. There is only one narrow street and it does not come down to the water. Everything else is stairs, some of them as steep as ladders. You do not walk to visit a friend, you either climb or slide.”
Michele, our entertaining Italian driver, left us at a parking garage in the upper part of the town, since vehicles cannot navigate any farther down. The streets narrow into pedestrian walkways and soon disappear and are replaced by staircases and inclined paths.
From here a porter from Hotel Pupetto, our beachfront hotel, met us and distributed our bags onto a wagon. Luckily for us we didn’t have to transport our bags by ourselves, although we had no idea what awaited us.
Excitement reigned as my travel companions and I eagerly began our downhill trek to the beach. Little did we know that we would traverse 300 steps before we would eventually arrive, hot and sweaty.
As we drew closer to the hotel, we caught glimpses of the azure blue sea and the downhill walk immediately became totally worth it! I knew this was where I had longed to be and I felt a sense of sheer joy. And the best part was we had five days here!
To reach the front desk we had to walk along a path and garden in full bloom with aromatic lemon trees, glorious bougainvillea in hues of magenta and purple, huge white snowball flowers,and other tropical flora.
This was a dream come true–to realize that for the next five nights this view would be mine, and that the rhythmic sounds of the quiet waves would soothe me to sleep.
Stay tuned for more posts and photos about Positano, the jewel of the Amalfi Coast.
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