On my second full day, and the last day of August, I decided to take a drive up the coast and check out a couple of beach towns – Acciaroli and Santa Maria di Castellabate. I love the beach, but I also love exploring, so my love for the unknown trumped my desire for another lazy day at the beach.
As I headed out for the day, I passed one of my favorite little towns, Pioppi. A tiny hamlet by the sea, Pioppi boasts views of the curved protected bay at Marina di Casalvelino that compete with the best. Think Bay of Napoli – on a smaller scale, but just as spectacular and even more so to me without all of the buildings and population nearby.
As I leave Pioppi, I am on “new turf”. I always take note of this, wherever I am. Maybe it’s the gypsy in me. How do people get like this, I wonder? Here I am, a person here on this earth, who treasures, in fact, craves new experiences. Crazy? Or pazzo? One person’s craziness, is another person’s fun and entertainment. Sometimes I think about how I got that way. For the most part, I am the explorers of my nuclear family and I also happen to be a first-born. Once, I moved to California, forcing a trip to visit my parents who likely never would have made the journey, had I not moved. I have lived many places across the U.S. while my parents and sister have remained living in the same areas where they were born and grew up. I’m not sure why . . . it just IS me!!
After Pioppi, I do a few zigs and zags on the SRexSS267 (big name, small road) up over a large “hill”, I’ll call it due to the huge mountains within view, and the road brings me down to near sea level when I catch sight of Acciaroli. I take a slight left, and park down by the marina and take a stroll through town by the beach.
The beach is still buzzing with activity. After all, it is still August. I enjoy watching people swimming and sunbathing and jumping off of rocks and make a mental note to bring my swimsuit next time.
I linger for awhile and then reluctantly return to my car to continue on to Santa Maria di Castellabate. This is the sister (beach) town of Castellabate.
SM di C is a classy beach town with great shopping, hotels and restaurants. I see the stately Hotel Villa Sirio along the beach and enter to explore. Inside I find a very friendly owner, who graciously gives me a private tour of various rooms, all beautiful. As I leave, I comment on the beautiful portrait in the lobby and he proudly tells me this is his family.
I meander around town enjoying the buildings, shops and a the occasional adorable kitty.
As is always the case, I decide it is time for a rest at the local bar and I find the main piazza and a bar by a beautiful umbrella cypress tree. I just love these trees and stare at them along the way from Rome to Casalvelino.
As i refresh myself, I have a lively discussion with with the Nonna of the bar owner, who shows me a beautiful hibiscus plant that bears two different colors of blossoms. I don’t speak much Italian and she speaks no English, but that didn’t stop either of us from having an enjoyable conversation.
I decide to take one more pass by the beach before I leave. Although it’s still light out, I am quite interested in driving home in full day light because of the narrow, cliff-hugging road with lots of sharp switch-backs! I sometimes squint my eyes briefly while driving on roads like that, especially when someone near us decides to pass on a blind curve. . . let’s face it – any crash they would cause at those speeds, and we’d all be off the cliff!!
I sigh as I absorb the sight of this beautiful beach and hate to leave, but I know I will return again soon.
6 thoughts on “Coastal Exploration (L’Esplorazione Costiera)”
My love, this brings back such wonderful memories. We have since returned along this road many times. Each adventure gets better.
And I love each one because they are with you!
Good job Jo. I can’t wait for my turn to see these wonders.
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Thanks, John! We can’t wait to show you this area!
Many thanks to you both for sharing these little gems in Italy so we will all know how to make the best of travel there. You inspire us to put Italy on our long bucket list of where we want to travel. Thank you!! Glad you are having the times if your lives. Truly an inspiration on living life to the fullest!
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Thanks, Maria! We just love it over there. It sure looks like you and Bill are enjoying your new neighborhood in South Carolina! It looks beautiful. I never would have thought we’d be living in Florida, but here we are!