I was in my LOWA Tempests, and they were awesome. Standing or walking eight hours a day, sometimes putting on ten miles or more, my feet were never sore.
Positano, an old seaport city just below Rome on the Amalfi Coast was our next stop. The city is built on a mountain, which descends into the sea. Walking is either straight up or down. Our hotel was at sea level so we walked up. Positano was the perfect place for relaxation. Reading on the beach. Good food. Lots of sunshine.
More day trips to Capri and the Blue Grotto. In Capri we hiked to the top of the island to ancient Roman ruins, Villa Jovis where Tiberius ruled the Roman Empire during his last days. He'd throw people a cliff when displeased with them. Blue Grotto is very crowded and chaotic. Boats everywhere and boatmen who encourage tips from passengers while insulting the mothers of fellow boatsmen. As usual, it was worth it, and very Italian.
We found the people of Italy to be friendly, and were most impressed with their optimistic attitude toward life. Whether a maid or an executive, they all greeted us with the same exuberant, "Buon Giorno!"
And I don't know how they feel so good in the morning because they don't eat dinner until 11 PM, and then party till 2.
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