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Our visit to the Naples port was unbelievable and unforgettable. We were there on the Carnival Vista. If you are ever in Italy, you must use Carmine Foggia of See Amalfi Tours! Carmine is the most amazing driver and tour guide of his amazing home area. The Amalfi Coast is breathtakingly beautiful and actually indescribable and pictures just don't do it justice.
Let me first say that I had organized this tour with Carmine months ago and he agreed to take care of us personally as I was in a group that he serviced on my last visit 3 years ago. He made that trip so wonderful that I knew I couldn't go back to the Amalfi Coast without Carmine behind the wheel! Of course, today he exceeded all expectations and made today's visit even better than the last, which I wouldn't have thought possible.
"Crazy Carmine" picked us up right at our port and drove us on the most magnificent drive across the mountain so that we viewed the Naples port and the Salerno bay from the best viewpoint in the area...high atop the mountain. We stopped briefly in the mountain top town of Ravello, where we sampled (and purchased of course! Locally made Lemoncello) Ahhh so good!
Then we start our descent on the unbelievable Amalfi Coast drive...where we encountered the awe inspiring views and untouchable descriptions from the best tour guide ever! His wit and charm stemming from his love of his coast, poured into our hearts as we sat back for the best ride of our lives! We watched as tour buses struggled up the narrow mountain passes overhanging the emerald seas of the Mediterranean sea, and calmly he maneuvered us with ease thru the traffic and drove confidently as we continued our trek thru over 500 curves today.
A surprise stop at a luxury 5 star oceanside resort, where we took an elevator down to the seaside and for a few minutes, lived the life of the rich and famous as Carmine used his connections to make me feel like a superstar!
We rounded the mountain in Positano and had the most mouthwatering lunch at the famous, authentic Italian restaurant, La Tagliata....Carmine gave us the tour of the mountaintop restaurant and its grounds, introduced us to Momma, who invited us into her kitchen where she prepares the best meal in Europe! Then we had our pictures taken with Momma and sat down to several courses of freshly prepared Italian food, treated to wine, lemoncello, surprise liqueurs....and even a bottle of La Tagliata wine and a plate to bring home....
As we continued our journey we made an impromptu stop at an Olive oil factory where we had a tasting of over 20 different types and tested again to liqueurs of amazing flavors! One factory tour and several FedEx packages back to the states later, we are back on the road!
As we closed in on the end of our coastal drive, he pulls off the side of the road jumps out of the vehicle and says be right back and quickly returns with the best Gelato I've ever put in my mouth, one for each if us! Talk about service! And then he even made time for a quick stop by Pompeii for a photo op with Mount vesuvius in the background.....TRULY THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE AND WONDERFULLY BEAUTIFUL DAY OF THIS AMAZING VACATION. I will never visit the Naples area without contacting Carmine....highly recommend this company for the most memorable experience ever! Thanks Carmine for topping my last experience, which I never thought was possible!