It was a pretty morning, so we decided to venture from Massa Labrense to Sorrento by public bus with Lucia as our leader. We first had to walk from Villa Erca down to Massa where the buses departed for Sorrento, which is over a mile – maybe two, but it’s hard to tell on these curvy, hilly roads.
As we were going down the main road, (with still a long ways to go), Lucia begins flagging down cars that look like they have enough room for us. “We’ll hitch a ride,” she exclaimed “We do it all the time!” Okay…. When in Italy – I guess! So a youngish fellow stops for us and we all climb in and they chatter away in Italian. He has apparently lost his pack of cigarettes under his seat and couldn’t drive and dig for them, so has Lucia to hunt for them. Wally and I are looking at each other, shaking our heads in disbelief and laughing. He dropped us off at the bus stop and zoomed off on his way. Grazie!
We were to learn that Lucia will also flag down cars and motorcycles going at high speeds to get directions (she jumps in front of them and waves her arms), and moving buses to get their schedules. Never a dull moment with Lucia!
We got our bus tickets in a cafe next to the Massa tourist center and readied ourselves for our first bus ride on the coast of Amalfi. Holy Cow! I’m sure our eyes were big as saucers as we wound over those curvy narrow hills with buses passing with only inches to spare! Whew – I was glad when we made it to our destination of Sorrento without crashing or going off a cliff!
Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples
Lucia showed us the lovely San Francesco Cloister courtyard with this graceful weeping willow.
Our next stop was the Il Nostro Limoncello Factory. Yummy! So refreshing and tart. They have lemon ice slushies and limoncello with alcohol and limoncello jellies and a cake-like dessert. We bought some little jellies for gifts and had a slushie.
This was the box we picked out for our trip souvenir…
Red coral comes from the area and I was boggled by all the beautiful jewelry. Literally boggled – I couldn’t make up my mind what to get as there were so many choices, so I didn’t get any. Cameos are also a local claim to fame.
We chose several fresh seafood plates at Ristorante Da Gigino and they were delicious.
Pretty church along the way
An pretty horse and carriage…