Amalfi, a town which opens like a fan towards the sea, is famous for its devastingly beautiful scenery but it would take us all day to walk there.
Ravello is even further. Unlike other towns along the Amalfi Coast, it is not located by the sea but 3km inland. The most famous attraction here is Villa Cimbrone, a luxuriant garden that is home to many rare botanic species, statues, fountains, temples and artificial grottos.
By choosing to walk, we can't cover so many villages in one day, so we settled for Positano, a town set in a dramatic panorama of colours - pastel shades of the Mediterranean houses, the silvery grey of its pebble beaches and the blue of the sea.
In ancient times, a Turkish boat became beached just off the shores of what has since come to be known as Positano.
Aboard the ship there was a painting of the Virgin Mary.
The captain heard the painting whisper "posa, posa" ('set me down, set me down') and, obediently, threw the image into the sea. Miraculously, the ship floated.
The locals built a Church on the spot where the painting washed ashore, interpreting the episode as a sign that the Virgin had chosen their town as resting place.
|I fell in love with this white hat.|
Just beneath the summit of Montepertuso is the tiny hamlet of Nocelle, a fraction of Positano. We took a bus up to the summit of Nocelle and walked down a flight of 1500 steps.
We wound down the "Path of the Gods", passing vegetable gardens and flowers clinging on crumbling stone wall. It was indeed one of the most picturesque views we had ever seen.