We woke up this morning to find ourselves docked in Salerno. The weather was again lovely so after another cooked breakfast & a lovely phone chat with Josh who filled us in on the goings on at home, we headed off the ship. We had to catch shuttle buses that took us from the port to a spot where we walked 15 minutes or so to the ferry terminal and caught a ferry to Amalfi. We decided to do this rather than spend time in Salerno as there really isn’t much to see there & I thought we’d have time to partake in one of the walks in Amalfi & just enjoy a place that we absolutely love thanks to the week we spent there 2 years ago.
That all worked smoothly (costing us 8euros each one way). The ferry took 30-40 minutes and it was a lovely way to see the dramatic coastline with its rugged cliffs and villages that literally cling to the cliff face.
Upon arrival we were pretty much horrified by the hundreds of people that were there, so quickly headed up into the town to the paper mill museum where we knew the walk started. We found the signs quite easily to Valle Del Ferriere and were soon on our way. It was a lovely walk. Not as stunning as the Walk of the Gods which we did last time we were here, but very picturesque and well worth it. Amalfi, once upon a time, had a huge industry in producing paper and the mills were dotted along the river well into the valley. The walk we took followed the river and the many ruins of the mills. It crept up and up and was extremely pretty.
On the way back down the path we enjoyed a fresh lemon granita purchased from a lovely signora who had made it from her own limone grown in her Giordano by her casa… at least I think that’s what she said lol! Along with lemons she grew numerous vegetables and displayed some of the both fresh and drying.
Back down at the village, the whole walk taking us about 1.5 hours, we decided to purchase a silver charm for my bracelet then found ourselves back at the restaurant we had enjoyed so much last time we were here.
The restaurant is right on the beach and the food is great. We both enjoyed some mozzarella salads then I had the fish while Rod had the Fritti Misti while we enjoyed the view and reminisced on our last trip here. We did enjoy watching a newly married couple stroll the promenade and have their photos taken & we both saw our first drone.. looks romantic doesn’t it!? The thing that cracked me up the most was watching them cross back over the crazy hectic road.
Amalfi really is the most gorgeous place. Following lunch, we wandered for a while, bought our return ferry tickets and grabbed a gelato from our favourite gellateria then headed for the ferry. When we arrived there was a large crowd waiting around. There was a boat at the dock which didn’t look like it was going to Salerno but knowing how things in Italy work (or don’t work) I thought I’d ask if the ferry was going to Salerno. Sure enough it was, so we hopped on, grabbed a great seat and set off 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. We still can’t work it out but it got us back to the ship in a comfortable time prior to departure.
Back on board, we tried to connect to the internet to update blogs, check emails etc but didn’t have a great deal of luck so eventually gave up. Another dinner was enjoyed then we joined in the disco party up on deck & danced for about 2 hours under a full moon.. absolutely terrific way to end what was a fantastic day.