Travel Destination Guide: Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Alamafi Coast, home to spectacular sunsets, breathtaking views, and some of the clearest water you can imagine is one of Italy’s most popular destinations. The coast which is comprised of 13 towns offers a world of food, lemons, and activities to enjoy. I had the privilege of exploring Capri, Sorrento, and Positano, plus a special trip to Pompeii on the way back to Florence. 

The Amalfi Coast has been a dream of mine to visit for as long as I can remember, and if you’re looking for the picture perfect place — read here. 

For the first day on my trip we started in Sorrento before taking a ferry to Capri. The ferry is the perfect way to get between islands and comes really often! The town of Capri is home to the fascinating Blue Grotto, a sea cave with electric blue water. Legend has it that it is inhabited by mermaids and other “supernatural” creatures. It is a truly magical experience, one I consider a must-see if visiting Capri. Due to the small entrance to the cave, it sometimes isnt accessible if the tide is too high, so be sure to check that out beforehand. To get here, catch a boat tour or rent a private boat for the day to travel around the different areas of the island. Once you arrive at the Blue Grotto, you can purchase an entry ticket at the floating office right outside the entrance. Here, a rowboat fit for four (plus the worker) will be there to take you into the cave.

Aside from the Blue Grotto, taking the tram up to the town of Capri is another great experience in itself. Here lies incredible views, good food and shopping galore! Try a Granita, a lemon slushie drink with the option to add alcohol in it for a twist. It is the perfect way to cool you off from the Italian heat and Amalfi hills. The town is full of designer and regular shops to choose from, with a lot of locals selling handmade sandals and limoncello. 

The next island I visited was the beautiful, lemon smelling Positano. Most pictures you see from the Amalfi coast are taken here, and the pictures don’t do it justice. The island is another perfect place for boat tours and shopping. In Positano, we got to take a two hour boat ride to explore caves and cliffs to swim and jump from. The clearest waters I’ve ever laid eyes on made swimming a dream, and I had the thrill of a lifetime jumping off the cliffs. There are many different boat companies to choose from all ranging in prices and amenities. Stop at Maestro’s for a mouth-watering meal and make sure to have some lemon sorbet!

Although it is not a part of the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius is only an hour away and definitely worth the visit. The extraordinary ruins of Pompeii are not just for history buffs. You feel like stepping into an ancient time and get to see incredible artifacts. Mt.Vesuvius was the hike of a lifetime with astonishing views and shops along the hike to collect different lava rocks and souvenirs. 

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