Touring the Amalfi Coast

Sorrento, Italy - View from the roof of 'Seven Hostel'

During our time at the Amalfi Coast we stayed at a gorgeous accommodation, Seven Hostel – only 20 euros a night for a 4 star hotel feeling. Located just outside the main part of Sorrento, we had five days to explore everything the Amalfi coast has to offer.

We made trips to Capri, Positano, Naples and Mount Vesuvius; as well as Sorrento’s adorable downtown. Each of these can easily be experienced in a single day, making five days the perfect amount of time to spend here.

The beauty of the Amalfi coast in undeniable and breathtaking. It truly makes you believe in the phrase ‘heaven on Earth.’ However, the sheer amount of tourists took away any small-town, local magic that the island of Capri and Positano may have held at some point. This was a huge disappointment. Regardless, we wandered off the beaten path as much as possible in these two places and ecountered several hidden gems.

Island of Capri

Island of Capri

Island of Capri

Capri had gorgeous, meandering footpaths that ascended to its highest altitude, where we looked out over the magnificent blue Mediterranean sea.

Secluded lemon groves belonged to cozy white homes in this heaven. The gates separating us from the hidden paradises were wonderful in themselves; intricate iron designs enticing passing eyes to peek through the small openings and imagine life on the other side.

Positano. Absolutely stunning and immediately evoked serenity. From our rented paddleboat we watched it sprawl across the hillside. Bobbing on the waves we basked in its beauty.

Sorrento was also gorgeous. Less touristy, and more genuine, this was quite possibly my favorite part of the Amalfi coast. We spent Marianna’s birthday eating seafood, overlooking the ocean and Mt. Vesuvius. Deliciously fresh mussels, clams, and shrimp.

Sorrento

Sorrento's Marina Grande

Our last adventure in this region was a day trip to Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. Naples was a little on the rough side. This was the first time we felt vulnerable on this trip. We felt like gazelles in an African plain dominated by lions. But instead of gazelles we were American tourists. And instead of lions, we were up against experienced pickpockets. Luckily we spent our hour here eating the tastiest pizza of my entire life (from Pizzeria Trianon) and escaped without incident.

Eggplant Pizza with Black Olives and Basil - tasted like the eggplant had been marinated in red wine or balsamic - unreal!

Tomato with Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza - the basil added an extra level of flavor, amazing!

After thoroughly satisfying our taste buds, we swiftly left Naples and continued onto Mt. Vesuvius… to ascent the source of one of history’s greatest natural disasters.

Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius

Crater of Mt. Vesuvius

Although it may not look very intimidating or fierce, this was responsible for wiping out an entire Roman civilization in a matter of hours. And if I’ve learned anything from Italy so far, the Romans were an impressive bunch of people. The view from up here was stunning; looking out over the Bay of Naples, Sorrento, and all of the Amalfi Coast.

Our time in Amalfi has been wonderful. But now we’re off to Tuscany… wine country!

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