Leaving Vesuvius (the Big V) behind across the bay, we moved on to the Sorrentine peninsula for a few days, finding it to be a relatively built-up area with narrow winding (often tortuous) roads, where nobody drives a big car. Just as well, then, that we had hired a little Cinquecento. But even this looked large against its older relative.
Part of the enjoyment of a holiday is in its planning, and ours was greatly helped by some websites about walking and the botany of the area -
http://www.capriorchids.com/ led us to the author's walking page....
http://www.giovis.com/Egiovis.htm which led to an ex-pat's walking and botany page.....
http://www.sorrentoamalfiwalkwithus.com/..... which led to another.....
https://www.facebook.com/FreeRamblersEscursionistiEpicurei..... which has the following commandments that show considerable sense........
These sites are a mine of information, and we were lucky enough to meet both Ruth of the "Walk with Us" page, and Giovanni who writes the first two sites, and enjoyed a walk down to the coast with them. It was a relatively easy walk, but some of the ones that they arrange are like mountain climbing.
This part of the Amalfi coast was lit up by tree spurge as well as by the sun and the shining sea. Lovely!
On leave on the Amalfi coast at Christmas, he says "The whole place has architectural maturity: there are numerous creepers and vines growing in profusion on the walls and balconies. In summer it must be a riot of flowers, right now it's a riot of gunners, there is a scramble as we dash for the best beds (if any)....". Yes Spike, it is a riot of colour - in spring at least, before the sun burns the vegetation in summer.
Asparagus pea, or tetragonolobus purpureus
One exception to that rule was, however, a showy hoopoe that was seen while I was elsewhere (typical) - maybe the Italians have a love for this endearing bird which they don't share with the rest of the animal kingdom.
Lizards were, however, everywhere, and provided much entertainment. Italian wall lizards were most common, although other, unidentified, species were also seen.
And the Ierano headland looks like a lizard too.