This was our first attempt at slow travel, spending at least five nights at every stop with one exception. It was easily our least stressful trip, and we were able to relax and enjoy beautiful Italy.
Flew on Delta from Seattle to Atlanta and then to Rome, uneventful and pleasant considering we’re in coach seats. Found the Leonardo Express train to Rome Central without too much trouble.
Bought tickets for a 11:45 train to Naples, used a MCI phone card to call Villa Rosa to send a car to pick us up at the Naples station. Our driver, Salvatore, drove sanely to Positano and pointed out sights on the way. We had requested room 32 or 33 at Villa Rosa and were delighted with our view and the room. The women at the front desk were so helpful. We had a great dinner at Cafe Positano and the next 4 days were delightful. Positano is as vertical as we were told but we kept going and by the end of our stay, we were in better shape than when we arrived. We had two wonderful meals at Sarceno d’Oro. Its a bit of a walk from Villa Rosa, but definitely worth it. It is a family run place and the food was outstanding and reasonably priced.
The big surprise was Ravello. We took the boat to Amalfi and the bus to Ravello. We had heard it was beautiful but we were awe struck when we got there. We wandered to the Villa Ruffalo and Villa Cimprano gardens. Had lunch at Bonadies and stopped in at Palazzo Sasso to see the most beautiful hotel we have ever encountered. It is easy to see why so many have their weddings in Ravello. We also went to Sorrento for half a day on the bus. We had stayed here a couple of years ago so we went to our favorite restaurant, L’Anitca, for a wonderful lunch on their terrace.
Note – the car and driver to Naples/Positano and return was 90 euro each way, a bit extravagant for us, but we felt that it was entirely worth it versus the stress of the bus/train Positano/Sorrento experience.
As much as we loved Positano, it was time to move on to Assisi.