I couldn’t wait to write about Positano because there’s really nothing like it. The Amalfi coast is one of the most beautiful places and I fell in love with it. I made the trip to Positano by way of Naples and I am so glad I hired a driver because I got to watch the sun set along the Sorrento coast. My driver insisted we stop and take proper pictures because he saw me trying to snap a few with my cell phone. “What’s that mountain?,” I asked.. “Oh that’s Mount Vesuvius.” I had no idea how close I was to Pompeii and wish I had set aside time to see it!
Since the sun had gone down during my drive down the coast when I arrived in Positano it was dark but even then I could tell by it’s twinkling lights and the bright moon it was beautiful.
For this leg of my adventure I was traveling alone… I have found that there is so much joy in traveling solo in Europe! It wasn’t until I was alone that I felt completely open and I don’t think I would’ve met the people I met or had the same experiences if I was traveling with someone.
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amoré!…
My room was gorgeous (after staying in a bare bones room in Tuscany for 3 weeks I was ready for some luxury) and perfect if you’re not renting a car because you can walk everywhere! I pampered myself a little before heading out to dinner. After a great meal with a live band I walked down by the ocean and found a lovely little beach shack with cheap Prosecco (right up my alley!) and after sitting by the water for only a few minutes I made my first good friend in Positano. He was kind enough to take me dancing and introduce me to locals who took me under their wing. I met the kindest, warmest people off the bat and any reservations I had about 3 days alone melted away quickly. The next day I woke up and was so excited to see Positano in all it’s glory in the morning light. Finally, I could see all the beauty around me! My new friends insisted, “You are the princess of Positano today! Today we do whatever you like!” I felt like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.
After getting picked up at my hotel by scooter, we took a friend’s boat to Adolfo Beach for swimming and lunch. Explored caves, jumped off rocks, and slept on the beach. When they asked me what I wanted to order for lunch I indecisively said,”I want to try it all!” and so that’s what we did. We ordered everything between the three of us and the chef at one point refused to cook any more because, “That girl from North Carolina is not going to eat all this food!” but we did. : ) They brought out some mozzarella cooked on leaves and I picked up the whole leaf ready to put it in my mouth until I saw a girl (my new friend’s cousin) laughing hysterically at me because the silly American girl is about to eat the leaves not knowing you scrape it away from the melted cheese.
My friend gave me a tour on his scooter of the whole town! You just haven’t lived until you’ve hopped on the back of a scooter clutching your bottle of Prosecco and take away pizza while a dog is chasing you biting at your heels and you’re going up a mountain on a one way street with oncoming trucks. One of my favorite memories : ) This was the only way I think I would’ve seen as much of Positano as I did and I was lucky enough to have someone show me places that tourists may not know about. Originally, I was planning a day trip to Capri by boat but after meeting my friends they said that it’s not worth the long day trip by ferry crowded with tourists (I’d had enough tourist filled places after coming from Venice) and I had so much fun I didn’t think about making the voyage again.
We hiked to the “Hole in the Mountain” and I’ll always remember the best view from the tallest point in Positano. We ate fruit off the tree (and got yelled at by a farmer) watched fireworks from the next town over and ate and drank a lot!
I actually stayed a day longer because I loved it so much and when I was invited to stay for a month I seriously considered it. There seemed to be something magical about it and it rekindled my passion for life. If I hadn’t met the people I did, my trip would’ve gone completely differently but it seemed to be in the stars that we met completely by chance.
I hope my memories from here and my Mediterranean tan never fade away : ) If there’s one thing I take away with me I hope it’s that I enjoy life the way that these people do. It was the highlight of my trip and it’ll be hard to top the experiences I had here and I hope to visit again soon. Saying good bye was harder than the rest and it will keep a special place in my heart… I’m already trying to plan a trip back! There is an Italian phrase “Eri un bellissimo spreco di tempo” which means, “You were a beautiful waste of time.” And I can’t think of a better way to waste time
“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”
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