We made it to day 2 in Sorrento. After carbo-loading for breakfast,(i.e. every pastry they offered us) the four of us along with our trusted driver, Giuseppe, took a day trip drive along the Amalfi coast. We took a quick stop in Positano to take in the sights. The church we were hoping to see was closed for cleaning, so back to the car we went.
To get the full Italian Amalfi experience you need to drive along a series of hairpin curves the entire length of the mountain. There’s barely enough for one smart car width, let alone two public buses (one each direction.) After patiently waiting for that to clear we made it to Ravello. We walked up the mountain to Villa Cimbrone. Very nice, lovely rose gardens, definitely worth the walk.
Public Sita buses aside, the trip back down to Amalfi was smooth. We had enough time there to visit St. Andrew’s basilica and crypt. While you are allowed non-flash photography at the churches, I usually opt to take it in as an experience with just my eyes instead. It seems backwards to admire marble columns, statues, and altars that are not only hand crafted but also hundreds of years old with modern technology…. or maybe I’m getting to be that old…
On the way back we stopped at an Amalfi “beach.” There’s no sand, only small rocks, before you get to the water. Definitely worth it after the heat. That was enough excitement for one day.