Another Trip South: the Amalfi Coast

Apr 20, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya takes us to the Amalfi Coast, exploring more of Southern Italy.


Whenever discussing my time abroad, people always ask what my favorite place I have visited is. I am always left pondering and saying that I love each place equally for each of their unique reasons. How am I supposed to decide between medieval buildings in Bruges, Belgium and tapas on the beach in Barcelona, Spain? But after this Easter weekend, I now have a definite answer. Three of my friends and I stayed in a small beach town called Atroni on the Amalfi coast. 

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The Amalfi coast is about a three-hour train ride south from Florence along with an hour ferry ride to get to the actual town. We stayed at a beautiful airbnb atop a hill that required a good 5 minutes of climbing stairs that practically knocks the wind out of you. But it was well worth it because we had a porch with an even more breathtaking view of Amalfi’s famous colorful, stacked houses and turquoise sea. The first day was spent laying on the black sand and hunting for sea glass. I’m pretty sure we cleared the entire beach out because we ended up with an entire bucket full of blue and green glass. 

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Later that night we walked down to the main Amalfi town for a seafood dinner. At dinner, my friends and I met a husband and wife who lived on the beach. We had a long conversation about American and Italian politics, especially the similarities between Trump and Berlusconi. It was interesting to actually talk about the material I have learned in my Italian Culture class with Italian people; this man's point of view was completely different than that of my professor’s which gave me some more insight on how Italian politics actually work. After getting to know each other, we also found out that the couple owned a boat rental company, which could have not worked out better.

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The next day we called their company and were able to rent out a boat and skipper for the day. The day was perfectly sunny and I knew as soon as I stepped onto the boat that I most likely was peaking in my life. The skipper took us to a number of places where we were able to jump off the boat and swim in the water.

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The next day we took another ferry to the most popular town on the coast called Positano. We walked around the various shops with ceramic plates that I would have brought home in bulk if they were not so delicate. We also saw variety of lemon themed shops. The entire Amalfi coast is known for their lemons; so much so that they were the size of my head!  Unfortunately, it suddenly began to downpour causing us to make a quick run back to our airbnb.

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We spent our last night avoiding the rain and making dinner with some fresh ingredients from a close-by market.  Although we weren’t able to sit on the porch one last time, we cranked up the heat inside and talked about all the funny things we did over the weekend. Currently, I am on the train home from Amalfi and could not be anymore happily exhausted. I hope to see Amalfi soon!

Thanks Danya!

Danya's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned!

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Topics: Travel, Florence, Italy