May 12, 2010
Today we hiked down to Minori, then bused up to Vietri sul Mare to check out the rest of the Amalfi Coast stretch and buy a few souvenirs. Conveniently located right outside of our hotel was the steep pathway leading from Ravello to Minori – 1000+ stairs taking you through the “backstreets” and alleys of the Italian countryside. It was a great way to burn off last night’s pasta… passing by lemon trees, curious kittens, old churches, and friendly locals. Worth every step. We sat on the beach in Minori waiting for the frequent bus to pass… and then headed to Vietri – internationally known for its marvelous ceramics.
Vietri sul Mare (“Vietri on the Sea”) is a small, quaint town built right along the seaside with warehouse after warehouse after warehouse of their famous hand-made ceramics. They’ve been making these ceramics since the 15th century with colorful tile & paint that resemble scenes you’d see along the coast. It was the perfect day trip.
That evening, we attended a show at the Ravello Concert Society located in the Villa Rufolo church. A very couth thing to do while visiting Ravello. It was held in a gorgeous chapel with outstanding acoustics for the clarinet, cello and piano set. Even though I had no clue what they were playing… it was a once in a lifetime experience. After the concert, we strolled through the piazza and wished we could spend another few days in this magical spot.
1354.Wednesday 12 May 2010, 21.30
RAVELLO – Villa Rufolo
GIOVANNI PROCIDA clarinet
VLADIMIR KOKAQI cello
VALERIA LAMBIASE piano
F. Ries: Trio op.28 M. Glinka: Trio Pathétique
E. Hartmann: Serenade op.24