By: Cacinda Maloney
A series of posts: Italy: from Rome to Positano, a drive down to the Amalfi Coast in the Campagna Region, Italy:
And now: Furore, Italy: the most beautiful place on earth and then the drive back to Rome:
Leaving Positano is a sad thought, but knowing we must go back to Rome, we started on our adventure home. The overcast makes the hills of Positano dreamy like.
The winding roads took us to one of the world’s most beautiful places, in my humble opinion: Furore, Italy. Well, actually, it isn’t even Furore, but it is on the highway SS163 winding along the coast looking toward Furore. You have to get out of your car at the bridge and look down the cove.
Coming upon it, automatically my husband slowed the car down and pulled off to the side of the road. I will never forget that moment. The moment I stepped out of the car and leaned over the bridge to see the most beautiful place on earth. I stood there in awe, knowing in that moment what I was seeing. It was stunning and I was mesmerized. If only I could stand here forever and then take a walk down to where the little boy in the red jacket was playing with the seashells and rocks…
Oddly enough, another couple had pulled over their car too, at the same exact time and all four of us stood there in awe, almost speechless. For the life of me, I cannot remember their names or where they were from, only our conversation about being blessed in this very moment of getting to see one of God’s most beautiful creations. I longingly asked myself if only I could have one more day here… I pleaded with my God. “Could he give me just one more day to experience this place?” Of course, the answer was “no” and after only 15 minutes or so, we were back in our little rented Fiat and on the road to Ravello. Stuck in time, the mention of Furore, will always bring a smile to my face and remind me of the moment that I saw the most beautiful place on earth.
We traveled down the SS143, around the curves and winding roads and came upon Amalfi, the most famous town along the route. We quickly tucked the car into a convenient spot and got out to take a peak at the town square and the local church.
And then there is Ravello. A local recommended it to us one night as we were having dinner. We still had some time before we had to be in Rome and thought it would make a great pit stop (just a little out of the way). Wow! Were we surprised at what beauty was coming our way!
Villa Rufolo: Pay the 5 Euros to get in and explore all the nooks and crannies of this magnificent villa and its grounds. Get your camera fully charged for an outstanding visit.
Don’t forget the bottom garden where you can take lovely pictures facing the sea. This wonderfully restored villa has hidden pockets of enchanting things.
Around every corner is something more beautiful than what you saw around the last.
It’s definitely worth a visit. Go to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. You will not be disappointed.
As Mark Twain said: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did … So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy
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