One of the Things I Miss Most About Italy

View of Rome from Spanish StepsThe daily migration of the clouds across the city provided endless reasons to look upward.   I still dream about the jumble of colors in Rome, the the juxtaposition of the tiled roofs, faded golds, rusts, pinks of the buildings and the vibrant blue, gray, yellow, and white of the ever changing skies.

Fountains of Rome – Fontana di Piazza Farnese

Piazza Farnese FountainFontana della Piazza Farnese, Detail, Rome, 2012

One of the best features of Rome are the many fountains.  There seems to be an endless supply of water in the Eternal City much of it still arriving via ancient aqueduct to some of the most spectacular fountains in Europe.

Two of my favorite fountains are an identical pair located in Piazza Farnese which are made of granite bathtubs believed to come from the ancient Roman Baths of Caracalla.  I spent many an afternoon in the piazza  watching the light filter through  the water.

Fontana di Farnese, Rome, 2012

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Amalfi Coast – Positano

Positano Harbor, Amalfi Coast, 2013 View of Positano Harbor from Hotel Poseidon, Amalfi Coast, 2013

Of all the places in Italy that I have had the good fortune to visit the Amalfi Coast is the one place that I most often think about.  There are not enough adjectives to describe the beauty of the convergence of the sea and the coastline. Easily reached by car via the Autostrada Del Sole “Motorway of the Sun” (A1) or taking the train from Rome to Naples and then taking a bus or taxi to the Amalfi Coast.  If you drive you will definitely put a few notches on your drivers license as the combination of switchback roads and deathwish motorcyclists is something you have to experience for yourself.

Beyond the seaside towns of Sorrento, Positano,  Ravello and Amalfi there are several other destinations I would recommend – Capri and Paestum being two of my favorites.

Positano, Amalfi Coast, 2013Positano, Amalfi Coast, 2013

The best way to enjoy this part of Italy is by boat and there are many options from water taxis to private charters.   I highly recommend considering renting a boat and spending the day with Barbara and Antonio local residents and two of the most charming people you could hope to meet.   They are both very knowledgable about the history of the area and by boat can take you to some of the most spectacular grottos, coves, waterfalls, out of the way restaurants, and islands in the area.  Barbara Tours Positano (Boat Charters)

Boating from Positano to Capri
Boating from Positano to Capri with Barbara and Antonio, Amalfi Coast, 2011