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Italy Recap: Amalfi Boat Ride

Posted Jul 23 2013 5:02pm

Hey guys! I hope you don’t mind, but I’m back today with another recap from my recent trip to Italy! I think I only have one more recap to share with you guys, and then it will be back to normal around here.

In case you missed my other recaps, you can see them here:

On our last day in Amalfi, we rented a boat to take us on a brief tour of the coast! We had seen the view of the Amalfi Coast by car plenty of times by time point, and Fabio and I had seen it briefly by kayak  and by mountain-top , but I was so excited to get to see this beautiful landscape by a real power boat.

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Within the first minute of being on the boat I think it dawned on me that this was going to be pretty spectacular.

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It was also a bright and sunny day with perfect temperatures – high 70s to low 80s with no humidity :)

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Here’s Amalfi!

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From the boat, we learned about a lot of the other small towns along the coast. I really liked the looks of Ravello, which was way up high on a hill but still within walking distance of Amalfi’s town square.

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After getting a scenic tour for a while, our boat driver pulled up to a cave! I thought we were just going to bob for a bit outside of the cave, but then he expertly maneuvered the boat into the cave! It didn’t look like we would fit, but we did!

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Check out the walls! Apparently these natural caves are all over the Amalfi Coast.

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The water was unbelievably clear! The cave was also really deep, about 50 meters (164 feet) if my memory serves me correctly.

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Amazing, no?

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After we pulled out of the cave, we all acted like a bunch of giddy little kids and couldn’t stop smiling. It was just so cool!

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We saw a ton of other cool landmarks from our boat, including natural caves, little inlets, tiny passageways, and a natural archway called the “Kissing Elephants.” It’s sort of hard to tell where the foreground ends and the background begins in this picture, but if you look closely you can see that to the right and left of that natural arch are two shapes that look like elephant heads kissing (you can see it better from the “elephant” on the right). Apparently it’s tradition for newlyweds to row a boat out under the “elephants” and take a picture kissing under them. So cute, right?

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Here’s one of the natural caves which occurs right in the middle of the mountain! I’m not sure I’d want to live on top of that hill… Boat12

I am happy as a camper in this picture :)

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Then it was time to go for a swim! I went first, since I was the most brave out of my mom and Fabio (or so I like to think, haha).

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It was pretty chilly but so refreshing! Too bad this picture didn’t come out very well.

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Then it was my moms’ turn!

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And then Fabio’s! (Notice how my mom is already getting out haha)

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You can also see how clear the water is by looking at my legs under the water! It looks like a pool!

There was another little cave that Fabio and I attempted to swim to, before deciding it was too far away. It doesn’t look that far in the picture, but it was bigger and further away than we thought!

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It was a great way to end our time in Amalfi!

Question of the day: What’s the clearest (natural) water you’ve ever swam in? Would you swim to a cave? Do you get seasick?

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