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Getaway to Positano and Pompeii

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This day was special because it was my partner's birthday and it had to be celebrated, so I colluded with Fabio to have a birthday cake for breakfast. What I did not expect is that Matthew was singing Happy birthday who brought him and ended up giving him two kisses to congratulate him. It was a perfect way to start a day that was one of the best on the trip.

We only had two days left in the Campania and we had many things to visit. I did not want to leave without having visited Positano and, obviously, Pompeii must be dedicated at least half a day. Therefore, as soon as we had breakfast, we got into the car to go to Positano and maybe some more coastal population. Then, around noon we planned to return to visit the ruins of Pompeii.

From Pompeii to Positano it takes about an hour and this time we went by the Sorrentine Coast. As it was sunny and the views were spectacular, we ended up stopping every time we found a hole in the narrow road to contemplate the views and pass photographs.

Positano is undoubtedly the most picturesque and famous seaside resort in Campania, portrayed by countless painters and filmed in films of Vittorio de Sicca or Hollywood blockbusters. And it is normal to attract. The whole town is located on an abrupt rock where the houses seem to have been carved in the same stone.

The town starts on the same road, high on the rock, and extends two kilometers to the beach along a narrow and winding road where finding a place to park is an odyssey. But we got it! Despite being Sunday, we found a hole in the blue zone "only" one kilometer from the beach. There were also private parking lots, but I wouldn't know how to tell you what time the time is.

To visit Positano, one has to be minimally fit because you have to go up and down many stairs. Many, hundreds of steps that are lost between multi-colored houses, which hide small slits that overlook a turquoise blue sea that removes the hiccups. When you finally get to the Big beach, you can admire the whole set of houses that seem to be coming over you. Boats also depart from Positano for Capri, but that day not because the sea was very moved.

When we returned to the car, we were considering the possibility of visiting Sorrento, but it is that Gemma, a friend of mine, had told me that Sorrento is overrated and that Amalfi was cooler. As we didn't know what to do, we asked a local from Positano which of the two cities was prettier for him and he told us that he preferred Amalfi because the cathedral was so pretty. However, in the end we saw what time it was and decided to return to Pompeii.

We left the car parked at the door of the B&B and walked to the west entrance, which is in front of the train station. From the B&B it only takes about 15 minutes, but before entering we stop at a restaurant tavola calda (fast food) to eat some pizza. The bad thing is that we only found one on the tourist street of Pompeii (where McDonnald's and Burger King is) and the quality of the food was not very good. So with indigestible food in the belly, we continue walking to the main entrance.

There is another entrance next to the amphitheater, but the bad thing about entering there is that there is no audio guide rental service. Even so, it would not have been necessary to go to the other entrance because the problem of the audio guide service is that there is only one place where they are rented and they have to be returned in the same place, so it is a great inconvenience to have to return to that input simply to return the device.

The entrance to the Pompeii ruins costs € 11. There is a combined three-day ticket that allows you to visit the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabiae and Boscoreale for € 20. In fact, we planned to buy the combined ticket because the next day we wanted visit Herculaneum, but surprisingly we were told that this weekend visits to all cultural centers were free because it was the Giornate Europee of Heritage.

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