In 79AD, Pompeii was swallowed by the pyroclastic (volcanic) material that poured down when Mt. Vesuvius erupted. It destroyed everything in its path. 30 miles south of Vesuvius lies the handsome city of Positano and the serene Amalfi coast.
Both Positano and the town of Amalfi are vertically inhabited villages. The roads are claustrophobically narrow and eerily steep, and get clogged during peak tourist seasons. The fastest way to get to Positano and Amalfi is by sea. Ferries run frequently on the rocky Tyrrhenian Sea from Salerno and Sorento, and take half the time than by road.
In Amalfi, we explored a lemon farm. Unlike a typical farm, they sit on steep terraces. In their prime, lemons get bigger than a baby's face, apparently. Here, we tried some lemon zest, limoncello, and lemon cake. They were sweet and boasted the region's high standards for the fruit. We also found out that the cake at the Royal Wedding this year was made from lemons exported from Amalfi.