Day 153 of 400: Amalfi Coast and Sorrento – Italy
Before checking into our hotel in Sorrento, we drove further north enjoying the Amalfi Coast drive. For some reason the views just never get old! The driving was like being in a video game. Since the road was built into the mountain right at the edge where the water and cliff meet, it was very narrow. Specifically around the dozens of twists and turns, the road was not always wide enough for two cars and there were so many buses carrying tourists back and forth between coastal towns. There was definitely not enough room for the cars and buses. This is not a road where looking down at your phone while driving is even an option.
As we weaved our way around the mountain, we passed through the town of Amalfi which was full of pastel colored buildings and crowds of people. We continued driving because the parking lot was so packed. We went a bit inland through another small town and stopped for a picture. We drove back down the mountain to Sorrento to check in after our driving excursion.
Sorrento is a coastal town right in between Positano and Naples. It is always an adventure looking for our hotel or B&B. We usually get in the vicinity and drive around the area or stop and ask someone who speaks no English but through hand signals we figure it out. This time, we ended up driving down an unpaved road…we both got the feeling it may be leading us the wrong way but we kept going because there are plenty of dirt roads in the countryside. This one however lead us directly into a barn at someone’s house. We literally could not drive any further or we would hit the barn, then a women came walking out speaking all Italian asking us what we were doing. As we smiled and pointed to Bridgette (GPS) she smiled back and kept talking in Italian and we kept replying in English…it would have made a great Seinfeld episode.
Back on the correct road, we found our hotel, Il Nido (www.ilnido.com)and it was sitting up on a mountain overlooking the sea. We checked in and got all our things in the room (we have quite a lot of stuff now with all of the wine we have accumulated). Our room had a balcony and a panoramic view of the sea, Mt Vesuvius(volcano), Naples and the downtown area of Sorrento. It also had air conditioning…something our last place didn’t have…air conditioning in Italy in July is crucial!
Since the hotel was nice and the views pristine…we decided to order dinner from the hotel restaurant and open one of our bottles of wine. The sunset was beautiful on the water and we had front row seats. Dinner was great…the noodles were homemade and seafood fresh. We enjoyed relaxing and settling in for the evening.