Goodbye Amalfi Coast!
Vacations. They always fly by so quickly don’t they? This year’s trip to the Amalfi Coast was no exception, but we were determined to make the most of our last full day on the Italian coast.
Checking out of our apartment in Atrani, we dropped our bags at the information centre in Amalfi and took one last stroll around the town before heading to the beach to snap some pics and sit there taking in the moment.
Walking back over Atrani, we spent the day sunbathing, swimming, and walking along the shoreline. Really just enjoying every single second we had left. As we bobbed up and down in the crystal clear water, we both declared it was the best swim we’d had throughout our whole vacation. Maybe the water was warmer that day, or maybe it was simply due to appreciating it just that much more when we knew we’d be back in London the next day.
Soon enough, it was time to head back to Amalfi, and board the ferry towards Salerno. We sat at the back of the boat, took sad face selfies and distracted our ‘we don’t want to leave!’ selves with a lunch of prosciutto and cheese we’d purchased in one of the deli’s.
One boat and train ride later, we were back in Napoli. If you’ve not been to Napoli, and you’re wondering what it’s like, two words that come to mind are: madness and chaos. It’s not the cleanest city, it’s pretty rundown, there are intimidating types lurking, and mopeds and cars threatening to mow you down even when you step out onto the zebra crossing. It is unlike any other city I’ve been to.
And yet, I find this place utterly fascinating! I read online that Napoli is a photographer’s dream, and this is most certainly true. The characters, places and sights you witness are often jaw dropping. It’s easy to feel intimidated in Napoli, and you do need to keep your wit’s about you. As long as you’re vigilant, and you don’t only focus on the often dirty streets and sometimes untrustworthy characters roaming around, it will be a vibrant, unforgettable experience.
We had a plan for our final night in Italy, and it involved pizza. Napoli is the home of pizza and we wanted to get thoroughly involved. But remember, I’m gluten intolerant. That ruled out Da Michele, the pizza place made famous by Eat, Pray, Love, so we walked to Gino Sorbillo, with its huge crowd of people waiting for a seat. We checked for gluten free options, and no, sadly we were out of luck. Our final option was Starita Pizzeria, offering GF pizza. We made a beeline for the place, arriving on a busy street, with families of three and four people whizzing up and down the street on one moped! Leaving our name on the list, we joined everyone on the street, and waited around 45 minutes before our name was called out on the loudspeaker and we could finally eat some pizza. We ordered, and when our pizza’s were placed on the table I had sudden doubts that they’d actually made me a gluten free pizza. I mean, it looked exactly the same as the regular pizzas, it even tasted exactly the same! Sure enough it was GF. The Starita crew had perfected their GF pizzas like no other restaurant I’ve ever visited. It was a-maz-ing!!
Back through the streets of Napoli to our hotel, with an early morning flight awaiting the next morning, we retired to bed, with bellies full of pizza, and amazing memories to take home with us. Amalfi Coast, you never disappoint, see you again soon!