A SHORT HOLIDAY STORY
I had ten days free between my two groups this fall. So my friend, Daniel, came to Italy in search of an adventure. Daniel arranged all the details of our holiday-from our lodging, to our rental car and all the places in between.
We planned to spend a few days in Naples and then go on to Ravello, both places I have never visited before.
But Daniel’s luggage got lost, so we had to wait in Florence for its arrival.
As a result, we didn’t have any time to spend in Naples. We took the train from Firenze to Naples where we picked up a rental car to transport us to Ravello. It was a harrowing drive along the coast, made even more exciting because it was a glorious Saturday and the motorcycle daredevils were out in full force. We were happy when we finally arrived! We parked the car and vowed to leave it parked until we had to leave.
Our Air B&B was fantastic- we had a rooftop deck with a spectacular view.
We found a wine bar called Babel and besides great food and wine, we met the charming Rahila whose father is the owner of Babel.
We watched the cat population that evening after dinner.
The next day we took a bus down to Amalfi.
We visited the paper museum but soon tired of the crowds. We knew Ravello was the best place to spend our precious time.
We spent the afternoon in the garden of Villa Cimbrone
And we returned to Babel for one last meal.
In the morning, we stopped by Herculaneum
We returned the car to Naples. Driving in this city was much more harrowing than driving on the Amalfi coast!
I swore I wouldn’t get in the car again for a long time but Daniel convinced me to go to San Galgano with him a few days before my next group was scheduled to arrive. San Galgano is still a very special place but it has gotten more commercial since my last visit nine years ago. There is now a wine bar, a restaurant and even an agriturismo!