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Beautiful Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, Part 2

  
 We took a stunningly beautiful day trip to Càpri. Notice I placed an accent on the first syllable which is the correct pronunciation!  Gino Coppola from Residence Santa Lucia  arranged it all. His friend picked us up at the apartment with another family of 6 and drove us along the Amalfi Coast to a tiny village where we boarded the small boat.

We boated to Càpri and enjoyed the views halfway around to Marina Piccolo. We stopped at the beach cafe and then took the bus to the town of Càpri. We explored the pretty town and walked through the Augusta Gardens with the dramatic views of the sea. We ate our caprese paninis the boat tour provided in the shade outside these gardens.

We took a cool convertible cab with an awning back to Marina Piccolo where we enjoyed the beach. This was much more pleasant than the bus! We finished our ride around the island and stopped at a few grottos to swim.  The Blue Grotto was closed by the time we arrived late in the day.

 

Capri

  

Marina Piccolo

    

Capri Cab Beats the Bus!


  

Marina Piccolo Mermaid

  
 

  

Augusta Gardens

  
  

  
  

Swimming Through the Arch

   
 

Dramatic Coastline of Capri

  

The Arch of Love

 
  
We arrived back home around 7 and enjoyed a Thai dinner that Nutnapha, Gino’s sister in law, made for us. Green Curry, Spring Rolls, Pad Thai and Fried Shrimp. Delicious!

   
   
Today Pietro drives us on a tour along the Amalfi Coast! First stop is Positano, a charming touristy and quaint town where we explored and had a coffee along the beach. The girls bought original paintings of the town. Then we drove south to a ceramic discount shop where the girls made purchases. Along the way we stopped to see the views of the sea and enjoyed fresh orange and lemon juices

  
 

Beautiful Positano


Pietro took us to a phenomenal restaurant for lunch just outside of the town of Amalfi called 

Tratorria da Ciccio Cielo Mare e Tera which has been family run since 1931. Cielo, Mare e Terra refer to sky, sea and land. Ciccio is the owner.

   

The views were incredible from the floor to ceiling windows along 2 complete sides of the restaurant. There was also a balcony!

    
I haven’t found our pics yet of the food we ate, but it was one of the best meals of our trip. Here were our selections:

Home made short pasta strands with seafood over a potato and lemon purée! That lemon was a real enhancement!

Spaghetti and seafood cooked in a bag! The bag was like parchment and was presented with much fanfare

Home made pasta with sausage over a cream of broccoli purée 

A mozzarella ball mixture over tomato sauce special appetizer

  

Their own limoncello served with fresh blackberries

 
 

 

 
    
 

That evening we picked up a pizza from Pizzeria Da Franco in Sorrento and brought it home for a late dinner.

 

Pizza with Proscuitto, Cheese and Arugula

 
On our last day and we explored Sorrento on our own and hung out at the pool. We ate leftover pizza for lunch. Gino dropped off some of his spaghetti with mussels for us to try! Delish! 

For dinner Gino arranged a cab to take us up into the hills to a typical local Sorrento restaurant.  Da Filippo. It was on a small farm where the smells of manure were present fertilizing the vegetable gardens.There was no view, but the place was filled with locals.

 

Beef Steak with Porchini Mushroom Sauce

  

Homemade Pasta with Seafood

  

Mixed Grilled Meats

  

Grilled Chicken

  

Rotini with Seafood

 

After dinner we took a cab to the Hilton for the view and desserts. Then we walked home from there. 

 

Layers of Thin Pastry, Chocolate and Custard

  

Strawberry Puree with Strawberry Mousse and White Pieces of Candy

 
The kids left the next morning for their adventures to Sardinia, Corsica, Naples and Rome!

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