"Pretty Praiano" Praiano by Openseas

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Day One.

The driver had told us the autobahn is always bumper to bumper all the way to Naples, so we opted to take the coastal road starting from Ostia. We drove through many seaside towns which was interesting but then realised if we stayed on this route it would take years to get to the Almifi Coast, so we decided to try and head back to the autobahn, which we later joined at …….

Praiano is situated along the coast, in-between Positano and Amalfi, parallel to the sea front, above and below the windy road that runs directly through this small village. Beautifully and brightly coloured homes are built scattered along the steep cliffs.

After hours and hours of driving we finally arrived at the Almifi Coast at 6.00pm. The road was something else, narrow roads, hairpin turns, blind curves, village streets wide enough for a car or a bus, but not both at the same time, and motorcyclists trying hard to kill us.(how Peter managed to drive along this road in beyond me, I would have just stopped, parked the car and literally given up!)

We finally arrived after a nervous one hour at our Hotel Onda Verde in Priano at 7.30pm. The hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Ocean, the lift takes you down to the reception area where we booked in, only to find to our disappointment that our room 113 had no ocean view but did have a large balcony up a few flights of stairs.

The kids room was joining to ours and we shared the same balcony. We complained about our rock view and the owners were upset we didn’t like what they had chosen for us, they thought we would like to be all together.(so much for my ocean view superior room I had booked six months in advance).

Day 2.

Everyone woke up early and headed to the restaurant for breakfast overlooking the stunning scenery. The day had began with a glorious sun shinning brightly and radiating glistening fragments sparkles on the ocean, we were all keen to slap on some sunscreen to do some serious sun baking and swimming.

We had originally thought our hotel had a lift which took you directly to the edge of the water but to our disappointment we found that not only the lift didn’t exist but the hotel had no beach. So we ended up hiring deck chairs from the local café which belonged to the Milano family for 10 euros and enjoyed the rest of the morning swimming in the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Lunch was delightful and relaxing with fresh seafood and pasta, we were all thoughly relaxed and contented, and now seriously in holiday mood. Most of the afternoon was just spend just hanging on the deck chairs reading and swimming and enjoying the superb wonderful sounds and summer breezes of the sea.

In the evening we again enjoyed a sumptuous meal with some good vino watching the full moon shine shimmering twinkles and shadows on the water. Later, the kids headed off to explore the nightclub in the grotto and Peter and I walked along the coastal path to the next village a charming, exquisite and picturesque village, which reminded us of Portofino on the Italian Riverina,. All in all, the day was beautiful, and the water divine and sunshine magnificent; a truly relaxing and serene day.

Day 3.

Another glorious summer morning, its now such a shame to be leaving the Almifi Coast today, but we have all agreed to get most out of the morning by having an early morning breakfast and swim before packing our bags for Santa Margaritta.

We checked out around 11.00am and drove up through the Almifi coast until the village of Almifi and then headed up the mountain towards…..the drive was nerve racking, full of tiny curvy bends, narrow lanes, mad motor cyclists, local buses, all motoring through the hair-pin bends perched over steep cliffs and mountain drops. Finally, we arrived on level ground all in one piece and took the autobahn via Naples and Roma which took around four hours. We stopped for lunch at the Autobahn service station and restaurant, the food was excellent with fresh pasta and salads.

We followed the autobahn to Florence which seemed to take forever, and then headed towards Pisa, stopping off for fuel, only to find 10 minutes later the car losing power and having convulsions, luckily another garage was a few minutes away so we glided towards its path, only to find it was a coin operated petrol station.

After checking out the situation Peter realised he had put petrol into a diesel car ! so we rang Avis which was totally frustrating trying to communicate in English, we finally hailed down an Italian driver who spoke Italian. One hour later we had a tow truck which took us to the Avis centre in Pisa. We said our goodbyes to the old Ford and now settled for a brand new VW Passat, which unfortunately was manual much to Peters dislike.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Stunning scenery and gorgeous village.
  • Cons:The coastal drive is a nightmare !
  • In a nutshell:Pretty Praiano perched proudly beside the seaside.
  • Last visit to Praiano: Jul 2006
  • Intro Written Sep 12, 2007
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