Rome, Italy – June 2015

Our last stop for this trip before heading back to Canada was one overnight in Rome. We took a ferry from Capri to Naples. Sorry Naples, won’t be visiting your city anytime soon.  Your city is a bit too chaotic for us 😕.  From Naples we took a train to Rome.

Since we were just there for one day & overnight we took a “hop on, hop off ” bus tour of the city . Crazy hot that day, it was 35 degrees Celsius outside. Due to our limited time there we were only able to hit some of the major sites. We’ll need to come back to this city someday. Liked what we saw.

Last night in Rome, we were getting out of control! Time to go home Bernardo! 😊

This was certainly one memorable trip to Italy that we will talk about  for a long time 🇮🇹

arrivederci !


Isle of Capri, Italy – June 2015

To get to Capri from Positano we took one of the coastal ferries to Sorrento and then we took the SNAV ferry to the Island of Capri. This small hydrofoil ferry provided us with a very comfortable and smooth crossing.


We docked at Marina Grande (see below). From the wharf we hopped on the funicular  that took us directly to the Piazzetta (Main Square) in just minutes, From this main square it was a fairly short walk to our hotel .

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Ravello – Amalfi Coast, Italy – May 2015

During our time in Atrani we took a hike up a mountain to reach the Path of Gods and this path led us directly to what we now refer to “a little heaven spot on earth”, It’s a small village on the Amalfi Coast, called Ravello.  (When you click on the Ravello link, click on the category, “attractions” and then click on “vitual tour”, photos & music”.  These photos will speak for itself about this beautiful place.

The Path of Gods is basically a trail that runs along the mountain ridge which overlooks the sea below. Parts of the trail  connectss ome of Amalfi’s coastal towns by going up or down steep staircases. We started our hike up from Atrani and eventually it connected us to the Path of Gods. We followed this path and it eventually brought us directly to Ravello. Just be careful as a small portion of this path is on the road and therefore cars and motorcycles are coming through at a pretty fast pace. If you take your time their should be no issues.

Hiking up the Path of Gods.
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Ravello location identified on this map.

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Village of Atrani on the Amalfi Coast, Italy – May 2015

From Florence we took the train to Salerno.Image result for map salerno italy

Then from Salerno we took a ferry to the town of Amalfi. The ferries follow the coastline so the scenery is pretty nice. These ferries travel all along the Amalfi Coast and are convenient as they run often and are usually right on time (in comparison to local buses as sometimes they are full by the time they get to your stop). If your travels permit we recommend travelling the coast by ferry.


Arrival by ferry to Amalfi town

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Monastero Santa Rosa, Hotel & Spa – Amalfi Coast, Italy – May 2015

When we were looking for accommodations on the Amalfi Coast we kept coming back to  this beautiful photo (see below) and an article we read about an amazing hotel perched up on a cliff in the village of Conca Dei Marini.

Here’s an excerpt from that article: “a most extraordinary new luxury resort this century (so far…) Bianca Sharma is one extraordinary woman. She is the sole owner of Europe’s most extraordinary hotel to open this century, Monastero Santa Rosa Bianca acts on impulse. She is a former schoolteacher who had always defined herself as a wife and mother of two sons. Married to Texas-born Ken Sharma, co-founder of the software company i2 Technologies, he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1997. He passed away in 1999.  That same year the soft-spoken Bianca and her two teenage sons went for a visit to the Amalfi coast, staying with longtime friends.  During a boat trip along the coast, she looked up at an imposing ruined building, an old monastery 1,000 ft up a near-vertical cliff. Back in the 1600’s a Sister, Rosa Pandolfi, a descendant of a noble family had founded the convent. The monastery, as it became known (not because monks lived here, but because it was the home of a secluded religious order) closed it’s doors in the mid-1800s. In 1924, it reopened as a hotel but by the end of the 20th century that establishment had shut its doors as well, and the convent once again stood silent, in danger of falling into ruin. When Bianca saw it hanging on the cliff she said, I HAVE A DREAM as she envisioned a 20-room luxury hotel.”

Her dream took many years to form but the hotel finally opened in 2012.

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