POSITANO, ITALY — It was one of those days where things weren’t working out. We couldn’t decide if we should splurge on an overpriced (we’re talking like €50) boat ride to the famed island of Capri, where we would also have to splurge on an overpriced meal and overpriced lounge chair on the beach, or if we should take a €4 bus ride to Positano. We decided on Positano. But as we waited for the bus, an English-speaking Italian woman informed us that the bus drivers were on strike, and that the only way could get to Positano was by €50 boat ride. So much for saving money.
But you can’t really complain when your biggest problems are which part of the Amalfi Coast you should lounge on today. So we sucked it up, forked over the cash, grabbed seats on the open-air top of the boat, and braced ourselves for some gorgeous views. We zipped past the island of Capri and rounded the bend along the coast. About an hour boat ride later we were presented with this. Completely. Speechless.
Positano is the most photographed town on the Amalfi Coast — it’s a photographer’s dream — but as I stared, speechless, even my body couldn’t react to the beauty before my eyes. My camera stayed in my hand as my mouth stayed open. This. Was. Paradise. Take all my money. I don’t care. This boat ride was totally worth it.
As usual, all the restaurants right along the shore were a little pricey and didn’t look very appetizing. We trekked it up the long and curvy roads — you know those Italian ones where there are no sidewalks and speeding cars just graze your arm hair as you almost fall over a ledge to you death. But just like our trip to Positano, it was all worth it in the end. We feasted on delicious €10 pizza, a semi-cheap but delicious bottle of wine, and views to die for. This is why people travel.
The Europa Jet boat was way overpriced, but it took us directly from Sorrento (where we were staying) to Positano, and if the bus drivers are on strike you don’t have a choice. We took a 10 AM boat out, and hopped on the 4 PM boat back in. Be aware of the schedule (a line will start forming about 30 minutes before departure in hopes to get the open-air seats on top for the ride home). If you miss the boat, you’ll be stranded in Positano. But then again, that’s not a bad thing.