For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Amalfi Walks (3)


Although the walk from Amalfi to Atrani only takes about 15 or 20 minutes...


... its brevity does not belie its beauty...



Here are some mules (or are they donkeys? - anyone know the difference?) carrying earth in... what? I nearly wrote 'panniers', but I think panniers hang down from each side...


After crossing Amalfi's southern headland, I entered Atrani via a secret network of backstreet steps and passageways...



... and enjoyed a beer and a sandwich in Atrani's little square. This is a view of one corner of the square...



As you can see, Atrani nestles beneath a huge limestone cliff...


7 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

A donkey is a donkey is a donkey (as Gertrude Stein would no doubt have said had she but thought of it)
but a mule is a cross between a male donkey and a female horse.

I have done that walk, there is not a more beautiful one in the whole world, particularly at sunset.

Caroline Gill said...

I see Weaver's footprints have been here first! We spent a year in Italy: loved Amalfi and the area around Pozzuoli. Great vistas, great ruins, too.

George said...

I have always stayed in Ravello when I was in the area. Now, I know that I have missed something by not spending more time in Amalfi. Oh, those views -- secret backstreets -- the possibilities of hanging out for hours at a street cafe. After all of your Italy postings, Robert, each new one is fascinating and enticing. Keep them coming!

Sharon Longworth said...

I stumbled on your post while 'walking' through the blogosphere - and was very glad I did - beautiful pictures of a clearly beautiful place.

am said...

Astoundingly beautiful!

Especially the photo with the donkeys.

ksam said...

As always, great pics. It never ceases to amaze me the places people choose to build their homes in!!

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks everyone, as always, for your comments!