|Positano from the bus stop|
|One of the watch towers. The white roofs are designed to shed rain.|
The road is nothing but sharp corners even during the first hour getting from the town of Sorrento to the beginnings of the Amalfi coast. I was surprised at how long it took just to get above Sorrento and by the continuing stream of upscale hotels we passed as we did so. Most had great views of the town and the sea beyond. Many used their roofs as parking lots since there is no place else to park.
|Comfortable benches for the climb.|
Every corner brings a different view of the steep coastline and the buildings that people have built so they could live and work along the beautiful coast. Most were built centuries ago, but we did see some more recent construction and a lot of repurposed buildings turned into shops and hotels and B&Bs along the road for drivers who do brave the curves. We were surprised by the number of cars just parked along the road, a road that in most cases is only marginally wider than necessary for two buses to pass.
|The towers were lit to warn of advancing Saracen raiders who would take slaves.|
They are spaced quite close so no one missed the warning.
|Close-up of the manger scene.|
|Waiting for the next bus|
|Amalfi's reach during its glory years|
|Another warning tower|
The bus stop in Amalfi is right on the waterfront in the center of town so we did not have to do much hill climbing. Because it was Monday, the two museums were closed. One of these shows off the town’s history. The other has a working model of a water-powered paper mill where visitors can actually make a sheet of paper. We did see a large rowboat inside one archway that we again saw on the water from the bus as we left town. Evidently they have some sort of regatta using these long boats with a competition.
The highlight of the town is the Cathedral of St. Andrew, the Apostle. Andrew and his brother Peter were the two fishermen Jesus asked to join him and become “Fishers of Men.” His remains are in the crypt. They were brought to Amalfi from Constantinople in 1206 during the Crusades showing the power that Amalfi possessed in those years. The cathedral is worthy of its star inhabitant.
|The cathedral sanctuary|
After leaving the cathedral walking down the monumental steps to the square in front, we wandered back to the port and chose our seats on the left side of the bus from which we could watch the lovely sunsets over the water. I pluralized sunset because as we traveled they kept changing both in color and ambiance.