Our driver’s name was Marcello.
If you happen to be a romantic comedy aficionado – and why wouldn’t you be? – you are probably smiling right now. Driving up and down the Amalfi Coast and stopping in the idyllic town of Positano under the care of a man named Marcello? Too good to be true.
If you are not a lover of cheesy films, a word of explanation: in Under the Tuscan Sun, Diane Lane’s character takes a trip to Rome and meets a very charming and handsome man on the streets. He convinces her to take a ride with him to his hometown of Positano, and they begin a brief but lovely affair. The man’s name? Marcello, of course.
As soon as I learned our driver’s name, it seemed the day was destined for greatness. Because the Amalfi Coast can be tricky to navigate via public transportation, I had signed up for a guided day trip with Mondo Guide. From our starting point in Sorrento, Marcello would shuttle us to all the region’s biggest highlights: Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, and a few tiny towns in between.
From the start, the drive was breathtaking. As we left Sorrento, winding up and up, we paused at an overlook with particularly lovely views back toward Sorrento:
Continuing on toward Positano, we stopped at yet another breathtaking viewpoint, this time overlooking the Mermaid Islands, which our guide told us were the last residence of Rudolph Nureyev. The pure blue of the water and the sky here was gorgeous:
Shortly before rolling into Positano, we stopped yet again to take photographs of the picture-perfect town. It was truly gorgeous (can you tell that I’m running out of adjectives to describe this region?):
We had about an hour and a half free to explore Positano. I started by popping into the cathedral for a brief visit, and then I continued down to the beach. I say “down” because literally everything is up or down stairs (and lots of them) in Positano. You earn your daily gelato here, that is for sure.
The waterside area was just as pretty – if not more so – than the rest of Positano: colorful canoes, sparkling blue waters, and, of course, still more beautiful views back up into town.
I loved the small glimpse of Positano that I got on this day, but I long to return for more. It’s not that there are particular sights or restaurants I didn’t have a chance to visit, but it’s more that Positano seems like the ultimate place to stay and soak up some beauty. A long, relaxing vacation there sounds like perfection.