Italy’s Amalfi Coast: A Photojournal

Waves Crashing, Positano, Italy, in the background

“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” -John Steinbeck, Harper’s Bazaar, 1953

Italy's Amalfi coast from a hike along the Trail of the Gods
Italy's Amalfi coast from a hike along the Trail of the Gods

Last week, my family and I traveled farther south in Italy than we had ever visited, to the Amalfi Coast, a region of soaring mountains beside a jewel-toned Sea. We stayed in a village beside Positano, called Praiano, where we even saw donkeys used as means of transport. And so our pace of life slowed considerably, and having a seaside cappuccino became the most pressing item for each day. It was spectacular! I’m so glad I had my camera with me, because after we returned from the trip, the beauty of it all didn’t seem possible, or real.

A Church high above Positano, and the view of Capri's Faraglioli (Fingers)
A Church high above Positano, and the view of Capri's Faraglioli (Fingers)

I will always remember the Amalfi Coast as a place unlike no other I have ever seen. It’s a region of village steps and tiny walkways (350 steps down to the Sea in Praiano), of one long coastal road that winds in dangerous turns precariously above the Sea, and of daily seafood, stunning sunsets, and rich ancient legends. But the photos say so much more than I could in words …

Positano and the Bay of the Sirens, from The Odyssey, Italy
Positano and the Bay of the Sirens, from The Odyssey, Italy
La Sirenetta, Amalfi Coast, Italy
La Sirenetta, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Waves Crashing, Positano, Italy, in the background
Waves Crashing, Positano, Italy, in the background
Thousands of Steps above the Sea, the View from the Trail of the Gods, Praiano, Italy
Thousands of Steps above the Sea, the View from the Trail of the Gods, Praiano, Italy
The Colors of the Amalfi Region
The Colors of the Amalfi Region
A Slower Pace, Donkeys as Transport, Praiano, Italy
A Slower Pace, Donkeys as Transport, Praiano, Italy
Exquisite Tile Church Dome, Positano, Italy
Exquisite Tile Church Dome, Positano, Italy
Boats in the Bay, Amalfi, Italy
Boats in the Bay, Amalfi, Italy
Amalfi, Italy
Amalfi, Italy
Positano, Italy
Positano, Italy
The Bell Tower, Praiano, Italy
The Bell Tower, Praiano, Italy
Driving near Positano, the tiny roads, 3 buses passing
Driving near Positano, the tiny roads, 3 buses passing
Reflections of Capri along the Mediterranean, from Praiano, Italy
Reflections of Capri along the Mediterranean, from Praiano, Italy
(Jennifer Lyn King) Oil Painting en Plein Air on the Balcony, Praiano, Italy
(Jennifer Lyn King) Oil Painting en Plein Air on the Balcony, Praiano, Italy
the Ever-Changing Skies along the Amalfi Coast
the Ever-Changing Skies along the Amalfi Coast
Stunning Painting in the Sky, above Capri and the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Stunning Painting in the Sky, above Capri and the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Minori — if you ever have the chance to visit the villages along the Amalfi Coast, your time and experiences will linger in your mind. It’s a place like no other. Just don’t forget to bring your camera!

A big thanks to Erika Robuck for sending the quote and John Steinbeck essay on Positano my way!

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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