The Amalfi coast is unlike any place I have been before.
It is unreal.
We were able to take in the cliffs and the sea as we took the ferry from Salerno, but our first port of call was Amalfi.
I have heard many many times that the drive to Amalfi is incredible (if a bit nerve-wrecking), but the approach from sea is just as stunning.
Pastel colored houses are piled on top of one another, as though everyone realized how special this small corner of the world really is.
The resulting jumble is natural.
As we disembarked at the picturesque port, I caught a glimpse of the rows of tour buses.
As we walked into the village, and past the church, crowds eating neon-colored gelato at 11 am blocked our way.
We stood at the bar, drinking our €3 cappuccino, and I did not have the patience to find the charm of the city that looked so sweet from the sea. The swarms of people pushed me away.
We walked back out of the arched gates and along the marina, trying to find some space to breathe.
Which is when we stumbled upon Lo Smeraldino.
Far from the crowds, we settled into a corner table, looking back at Amalfi.
It is a lovely village to see, but not a village to be. (At least for me).
As we waited for lunch, three boys rowed by.
Yes. A much slower pace and wider space was what I was looking for.
We sat down early, in order to have lunch in time to catch the 14:10 ferry back to Salerno, and the 15:25 train back to Rome.
Because Amalfi really is an incredible place. A town you must see.
Just be sure to eat well, because what is beauty on a empty stomach?
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