We were starting to get a bit nervous as the end of September approached and we still had not found a place to live for the last five months of our two-year sojourn in Italy. We showed you photos of a place in the countryside outside Cava di Tirreni we looked at on our way north at the beginning of June but had trepidations about whether the construction on the property would be finished by the time we were ready to arrive in November and the owners could not assure us it would be. Not wanting to live in the middle of a construction zone, and coupled with the fact that we would be living out in the country, too far from the city center, was enough to change our minds.
After much searching in the area we have settled on an apartment in a little town called Vietri sul Mare. It is near Salerno, on the Amalfi Coast and before we left Sicily, our friend Elio had said it was a beautiful city. Vietri is famous for its ceramics although through the winter months that we will be there we do expect many of the tourist shops to be closed. That suits us just fine, since that will mean that most of the tourists will be gone as well.
We are really looking forward to exploring the Amalfi Coast area. We were there on vacation several years ago and the few days we spent were just not enough. We want to spend time getting to know Naples and plan to take public transportation to get there rather than driving our car into what we expect to be a crazy traffic area. We want to go back to Pompeii and to Paestum. To study the beautiful Duomo in Amalfi and see where the paper is made. To walk along the coast and look out over the Bays of Napoli and Salerno and make many more photos and paintings before we return home at the beginning of April. We think it’s going to be hard to leave.
Rosemary e Roberto
p.s. This is a photo of Vietri sul Mare we copied from a website www.terragalleria.com. The photographer’s name is QT Luong and he took a gorgeous shot of the city. We’ll follow up with some of our own when we get settled in!