Where we camped: Villagio Nettuno
Where we ate: the campsite (tomatoes + mozzarella + bagel crackers + house white wine = perfetto!), Taverna del Capitano, and the Villagio Nettuno restaurant.
What we did: to make the best of our one full day on the coast we rented a boat, which was deemed The Best Decision Ever. There were a bunch of boat rental companies down on the beach, so we chatted them up the night we got there to get a sense of prices, and were told to arrive nice and early the next day to grab a boat! It cost $150 for a full day, including gas, which ended up being 100% worth it.
Where we explored: we drove the boat across choppy waters to the island of Capri, which we leisurely drove around, stopping here and there to explore beautiful coves and secret caves. I really wanted to see the Grotta Azurra, since it was cloudy and wavy when I went it '06 so I couldn't see it in it's full glory (it was still gorgeous!). But unfortunately, there were approximately 9 million people waiting to get in there, so we decided to skip out. Just another reason to get back to Amalfi! After circling Capri, we boated over to one of the most gorgeous coastal towns in the entire world, the lovely Positano. Seriously, just check out the Google image search for Positano, and be amazed! We anchored the boat and explored the beautiful shops and sights of Positano for awhile, before finally heading back to Nerano right before sunset.
Want more tips on exploring Amalfi? Here's an article on how to experience Amalfi like a local.
Now back to the present! Our transition into life here in California has been pretty darn delightful. The weather is great, the job is great the people are great and the list of places we're excited to explore here is a mile long! I'll admit that I felt a tidbit of nostalgia this weekend when everyone back at home was enjoying the drama and coziness of a full blown nor'easter named Nemo (not to mention "snow days" from work, lucky ducks!). But a sunshiny hike in Berkeley capped with views of the entire Bay and a glass of wine and bite of cheese helped to ease the pain. I think I'll get used to this!