Sunday, October 12, 2014

Driving the Amalfi Coast

Growing up and until a few years ago I was not aware of the Amalfi coast.   Now I have driven the Amalfi coast twice, once from the west and the second time from the east.  First thing that happens when you drive from the east is you miss this left turn, even with GPS.   Seriously, all this sign needs to be is a large arrow with two words, 'Costiera Amalfitana' or just SS 163.
 That left turn  runs right into the Piazza Vietri before going onto the road of Amalfi.
 I have posted in the past about the town of Amalfi but not the drive there.  The drive is both terrifying (as in crazy) and beautiful.
 During the drive you pass many little towns which is great for the passengers in the vehicle, but as the driver you mostly need to ignore.
 Amazing views.
 Looking back on the town of Cetara Salerno
 If you are going to drive the Almafi Coast, you might as well use a BMW 1-series 118D!  Urban trim, this car is not available in the US.  There is a good place for lunch with easy parking at GPS 40.635591, 14.678170, I recommend the grilled fish.
 This is the city of Maiori.
 Looking west from Maiori,
 Enjoying a 40 minute stop at Maiori.  Don't mess with the parking police, they check.
 The Maiori 'boardwalk'.
 If you are going to visit this area over night might be easier to use a bus.
 Back on the road towards Amalfi.
 Approaching the city of Amalfi, traffic is not to bad.
 This city is beautiful.  Words can't really describe it.
 But you need to be careful with traffic little mopeds are always trying to pass on your vehicle blind spot.
 But once you park you can relax, I have a post from last January about the city of Amalfi.
 View of Amalfi port.
 Looking back on the port during a few seconds when the sun peaked through the clouds.
 If you are planning on driving the coast, try to get behind a bus.  These massive vehicles clear the way of everything.  You might think it's slow but it's not.
 Nice!  I'm just going to follow this bus.
 I need to figure out how to just relax at a bus stop when I'm a senior.
 Passing through another small city.
 The coast is 40Km long, but even the BMW GPS got confused.  It tried to keep up while I drove mostly in 2nd gear, but it would sometime lag compared to where the car was.
 Getting near Positano.  I want to sometime visit Positano in the summer but next time I'm taking the bus.
 This is the drive through Sorrento, after leaving the Amalfi coast.
 Little mopeds everywhere.
 Other mods of transportation too.