2nd Day in Positano

Arranged for the day trip with Amalfi Coast Drivers.  They will pick us up at the parking station at noon.  Went down to breakfast.  Less windy today.   Lounged and showered in the room and then the rain started.   Walked over to for the car at noon while it was still raining.  Pasqual again.   Decided to do Amalfi coast tomorrow and drive into Sorrento today.   Headed over and grabbed a few rainy shots of Postitano on the way.

Positano from the road to Sorrento
Positano from the road to Sorrento

Got into Sorrento and it was still raining.  Stopped on the coast and tried to get a few pictures in the rain.   Pasqual parked at a structure and showed us the main square and which streets to walk down.  We cruised around in the rain with our umbrellas.  Stopped in to a leather shop.  I wanted to get new gloves.  Nan started looking at purses.  Ended up with gloves, 2 belts, a binder cover, a wallet (for Dad) and 5 purses for gifts and Nan.  The rain stopped.  Walked back to the square and took some photos.

Piazza Torquato Tasso, Sorrento
Piazza Torquato Tasso, Sorrento

Went into a bar/restaurant on the square and had some soup.  Nan had a salad and I had a Crostini.   (Open face sandwhich with parma ham, mozzarella and tomato.   Stopped back at the photo spots and took some photos without the rain.   Then drove back to Positano stopping to shoot pictures on the way.   Drove over to the ceramic factory and looked around.

Ceramics Factory, Positano
Ceramics Factory, Positano

Nan found a bowl for 190 Euro.  Shipping is 50 euro unless the total is 500.  Looked at tables but a 31” would be 2400 euro.  Suggested getting the bowl and a sign that said “Villa Rose” with a small olive oil bottle that would add up to 500 and then we could get free shipping.  We’re going to sleep on it.   Made reservations for dinner at Le Sirenuse for tonight.   Had a fantastic dinner at a beautiful restaurant.

Restaurant at Le Sirenuse
Restaurant at Le Sirenuse

The chandeliers are all candles and the rest of the restaurant is filled with them. Huge staff.   2 live musicians, Matre‘di, waiter, asst. waiter, bus boy.   The food was wonderful.   Started with welcome snack of a fresh ricotta as a cream brulee.  Also brought a fresh veggie snack.  Had starter of a fresh veggie soup that came without the liquid which was poured over the veggies at the table.  Nan had a spring veggie plate that wa truly art.  For entrée I had a torteli (large tortalenni) with a meat sauce and black truffle and Nan  had a beautifully grilled John Dory filet. Desert was chocolate slices stacked with chocolate mouse & raspberries in a 3 layer stack with gold leaf on the top and a chocolate gelato on the side.

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First Day in Positano

Slept in at our beautiful room here at Palazzo Murat.   When we did get up, and opened the windows we were greated with a spectacular view.   ½ Positano hillside, ½ Mediterranean.  Wonderful.  Went down to a fabulous breakfast in the courtyard.  Smoked salmon, eggs, bacon, fruit tort, coffee.  It’s Palm Sunday here so lots of church bells going off.  Went for a walk to see the town.  First down to the beach.  Past the church where Palm Sunday mass was being held.  Lots of people with palm fronds walking about.    Lots of little shops tucked into the sides of the tiny path.    Nice beachside walk with a bunch of restaurants down there.Day 11 - Positano-0122_1280px

Walked in and out of a few shops.  Bought a t-shirt and Nan looked but didn’t buy anything.  Walked back up past the hotel and started up the hill.  Rounding about lunchtime so people were closing up.  Walked back down to the hotel and the desk recommended Le Tre Sorelle (The Three Sisters) as the place for pizza.   Not too impressed. Had a decent pizza with tomatos, mozzarella and porcini mushrooms but the crust wasn’t spectacular.  Nan had a lovely shaved parmesan salad w/cherry tomatoes.   Came back to the room for a nap as the winds kicked up in the afternoon.  Make reservations for post sunset (7:45p) at Chez Black for tonight.  Called Salvatore at Amalfi Car Service and set noon as the time to meet for tomorrows car/driver trip up the coast.   Had dinner at Chez Black.  Very nice on the inside.  Est 1949. Owner sitting up front.

Chez Black's Owner
Chez Black’s Owner

Wonderful veggie soup.  Nan had a grilled white fish and I had lobster pasta.   Wanted the local water lobster but N/A.  Got boiled Med lobster.  Little tough and not much in the shell.   Fabulous chocolate covered cream puffs for desert.

Loro > Arezzo > Positano

Had breakfast at the hotel in Loro, Dimora Casa Eugenia.   Small but nice breakfast.  Custom fried eggs (3 Euro).  Checked out (100 Euro) and John and Caroline met us w/Murphy.   We loaded up the bags and set off for Arezzo.  On the way Caroline gave a running commentary and back stories.  We drop by the Feregamo proprety where they lived for a couple years before buying their house.  Got into Arezzo and parked near the train station.  Stopped for a pastry and coffee off on the way towards the town square.  Italy 2015-Day 10 Arezzo-10

Walked through the town and into the town center.    Caroline pointed out the area that has the monthly antique show.  (Next week, Whew! Dodged that bullet)    Went to a friend of theirs cafe and had a bit of lunch.  Nan had a soup and I had a wonderful lasagna.  We had a cheese board with a pecorino w/wine in it, a pecorino with a chestnut honey drizzled on top.   Walked back and they drove us up the street to the station.  Hugs and good byes all around.   We boarded the Regionale Veloce to Firenze.   50 minutes later we were in Firenze SM Novella.   Walked over the the Fressciaross high speed train and boarded for the trip to Naples.
20150401_142241  Nicely appointed train.  Comfy seats.   Luggage wasn’t too much trouble.   Busy.  Business Class car was about ½ full.  We both napped between Firenze and Roma, where the train stopped.  Then on to Napoli.   Driver from Amalfi Private Car Service met us at the station.    Got the luggage to the car (Mercedes sedan) and started the drive.  Took 25 minutes to go from the parking exit, around the square, back to the parking exit to connect to the highway.

Naples Station TrafficeLots of traffic (crazy) out of town.   Then the freeway ride past Pompei, into Sorrento the traffic got bad and finally the crazy drive down the hill in to Positano.   Stopped in the main square at the parking place.  Hotel sent a porter to help with the bags.   Down the hill to the hotel.  Beautiful.  Welcome almond milk drink.  Taken to the lovely room and showed around by desk clerk.   Went down and had dinner in the restaurant.  Nan had grilled veggies and I started with scallops and asparagus.   Finished with manicotti style pasta with a provolone cheese sause and sliced black truffles.   Had a crème brule with berrys for desert.  Remembered to set the clocks ahead 1 hour as Europe does it tonight.  That means we’ve done it twice this spring. Once in the US and once here.