Gloomy, Rainy, Ravello, and Minori, Maiori, Erchie, Cetara

Cetara, Italy

It was a Sunday.

As mentioned on Saturday on the Amalfi Coast Series: OG Amalfi, there were already no tobacco shops nearby us in Praiano to buy bus tickets from.  On Sunday, not only are there no tobacco shops open, there literally were no shops opened, and buses were so infrequent that we may as well not go out.

But that didn’t stop us since we had a car to drive around, but boy was it difficult to drive there.  Driving in Amalfi Coast is in itself an experience that I will dedicate a blog post on driving there along with other tips and strategies when traveling in Italy.

Anyway, so we’ve been to Sorrento, Positano, Capri Island, Amalfi, and now we still had some spare time to visit the smaller, less frequently traveled towns.  Thankfully we left the smaller, less interesting towns, for this particular Sunday, as it was rainy and foggy like no other.

Perhaps it was the weather and that all the shops were closed, but if you’re on a tight schedule, these small towns are definitely optional to visit.

 

Marina di Praia

In photos, this place looks like a secret, lesser known beach.  On the map, it is a place where you can stop by while driving, so it’s sort of along the way.  I can imagine it to be a beautiful beach during better weather, but here was the result we got:

Marina di PraiaLooks like stormy seas with grey skies ready to disrupt our adventure

Marina di Praia

 

Ravello

Up in the mountains from Amalfi, you drive along steep roads to get to the top to reach Ravello.  I was pretty stressed out from driving with poor weather conditions, narrow Amalfi Coast roads, and aggressive drivers.  I reach to where Google Maps have taken us, only for some old man to tell us to back off and that we can’t park here.  So we backtracked to where we passed by a parking sign, followed the parking sign directions, and entered in this parking lot with just us and another car.  We then exited the parking garage and entered a building where it was initially pitch black… only until it sensed our presence did lights show up.  Still, water was leaking, building looks run down, it looked like it wasn’t maintained for centuries.

We shared an umbrella that pretty much fit half of our bodies each, so we were somehow pretty wet from the rain.  The whole route and journey dampened my mood so much that I was ready to say, “Let’s just go home.” right after visiting Ravello.  Also, I was hungry, so I became HANGRY.

Ristorante VittoriaSo our first stop was visiting a restaurant called Ristorante Vittoria

Ristorante VittoriaBy the time we were there, there were already Koreans, British, Italians, and us sitting there.  It was like the only proper restaurant that was open.

Ristorante Vittoria

Ristorante VittoriaApertif

Ristorante VittoriaVegetable soup, to warm ourselves up

Ristorante VittoriaGrilled octopus with potato

Ristorante VittoriaLasagna… yeah I know way different than the typical layered lasagna we were expecting.  This one was more cheesy and less tomatoey

RavelloOnce again, outside with the rain.  The rain had somewhat diminished slightly.

RavelloThis shop reminds me of the shops in Sorrento, filled with lemons!

RavelloYeah… this was exactly our view from the top.  Foggy, unclear, grey; it just wasn’t a fun weather.  It looked like we were in one of those ghost towns from Pokemon.

RavelloAnd now I shall bombard you some art from the same art studio.

Ravello

RavelloUsually I take a lot of art pictures because I want to save them in case I am looking for some design or some inspiration.

Ravello

Ravello

Ravello

Ravello

Ravello

Ravello

Ravello

RavelloChinese character for water; may or may not be intentional, otherwise it’s a person with wings

Wine & Drugs RavelloSeems legit

Ravello

Duomo di RavelloDuomo di Ravello

RavelloThe main square of Ravello

RavelloUgh

 

Minori

So after getting my stomach filled and the rain having stopped a bit, and considering that I may never come back to this area ever again in my life, I decided that we should just suck it up and keep going to visiting the other small towns.

Minori wasn’t far from Ravello, about a 20 min drive.  In fact, all these small towns were very close to each other, which was good, because I really hated enduring to drive at these difficult roads.

Minori was sort of clustered with many streets and hidden buildings hiding behind each other, as if they were too embarrassed to be seen by the public.

Minori

MinoriStrong waves

Minori

Minori

Minori

Minori

Basilica di Santa Trofimena, MinoriBasilica di Santa Trofimena, Minori

Minori

Minori

Minori

Minori

 

Maiori

Just a 5 minute drive from Minori.  I always saw Minori as Minor and Maiori as Major.  Anyway, the overall vibe was that Maiori was a better and bigger town than Minori, with more open streets with large passageways.

Maiori

Maiori

Maiori

Maiori

Maiori

Maiori

Maiori

Maiori

Pasticceria Napoli, MaioriPasticceria Napoli, Maiori.  One of the very few places that were open!

Pasticceria Napoli, MaioriAnd they actually had really good pastries!!  I am salivating while writing this.

Maiori

Maiori

Maiori

 

Erchie

Wow.  So apparently the population of this place in 2009 was 83… Eighty three!!  That is so small.  Ok that explains why there is nothing to do in this sleepy fishing village.  You curve down a steep downward road and reach to the bottom, only to have the sea as the dead end.  And that’s it!

By the way, I know sometimes I say many negative things, but I keep it real and honest.  Many times every site says everything is beautiful and gorgeous.  But I am writing as if I was experiencing that moment with the weather condition I had, with all the shops closed, and with little to do, so you can see that my experience was definitely not “beautiful and gorgeous”.

Erchie, Italy

Erchie, Italy

Erchie, Italy

Erchie, Italy

Erchie, Italy

Erchie, Italy

Erchie, Italy

Erchie, Italy

Erchie, ItalySo where’s the major attraction?  Don’t ask me, I don’t even know when I was there.

 

Cetara

Finally, we’ve reached our last stop.  If we had kept going, we would have been to Salerno, but considering how tired we were and how many shops were closed, I thought that Cetara as a final destination for the day was good.  Besides, it was already 4pm+ and by the time we drove back to our home, it would be 5:30-6pm, get a bit of rest, then dinner, so it’s all good.

Cetara, along with Ravello, looks the most promising given better weather conditions and on weekdays.  They got Michelin starred restaurants and some interesting shops here and there.

Cetara, Italy

Cetara, Italy

Cetara, Italy

Cetara, ItalyOh this sign.

Cetara, Italy

Cetara, ItalyThis restaurant looks promising… Ristorante Al Convento Pizzeria… one star Michelin

Cetara, Italy

Cetara, Italy

Cetara, ItalyAnother promising restaurant that was closed that day

Cetara, Italy

Cetara, ItalyFrom the sway of the leaves you can feel how windy that day was

Cetara, Italy

Cetara, ItalyFor some reason, they had beautifully designed benches everywhere

Cetara, Italy

Cetara, ItalyHere’s another one

Cetara, Italy

Cetara, ItalyDoes this look wrong just to me or to you as well?

Cetara, Italy

Cetara, ItalySee another “gorgeously” designed bench!  And I didn’t even post all of the benches.

Cetara, Italy

 

So judging from the photos, which town was your favorite?  Mine was… well let’s say least disliked, was probably Ravello and Cetara.  I’m not counting Marina di Praia as a town.  I think I am satisfied never needing to visit these places again for the rest of my life… I feel that my time can be spent elsewhere.  Obviously if I pass by or am nearby Salerno then sure, especially if I don’t have to drive, otherwise I would be very hesitant in coming here again.

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