The Amalfi Coast. If I had to sum it up in one sentence it would be: beautiful, but a pain in the ass to get to! We stayed in the town of Praiano, a town or two down from Positano on the Amalfi Coast. And it was gorgeous. The drive there, not so much.
We drove from Pesaro to Praiano which is a 6.5 hour drive. Our GPS behaved itself until we got to Naples and then it went a bit crazy and took us through some insane local roads which look like one way streets but are actually two way and may have grazed the mirror of the car in a tunnel. If you have to fold in the mirrors on a small car to drive through a tunnel, it’s too narrow!!!
The roads around the coast are all tiny and have so many crazy twists and turns and there are buses that drive on these roads! You’ll be driving along and go around a corner and there will be a bus on what should clearly be a one way road! Scary stuff. Lucky my husband has nerves of steel!
Our room had a view overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea (I’m going to go ahead and say it was overlooking the Mediterranean Sea when I talk about this, even though that’s completely false, because that is the only sea I know there!!) It was just gorgeous! We sat out on our balcony and had breakfast here while we stayed and it was just so cool! We wandered around Praiano the first night we were there and loved it. The sunset was just beautiful.
The second day we were there we headed to the marina and took a boat tour to the Isle of Capri. It was so much fun!! The scenery was gorgeous and the boat ride was lovely. When we got to Capri we had a few hours to wander around so we went exploring. It’s a cool little island with a long and rich history.
(The history geek in me wants to tell you that the Ancient Romans used this island as a holiday destination. Augustus (the first Emperor) developed the island, while his successor Tiberius built several villas there and ran Rome from the island for about 10 years after he ‘retired’ from Rome.)
The scenery here was absolutely magical, it felt so surreal. There lots of little alleyways and paths so we spent some time wandering the ‘back streets’. There are also loads of fancy and expensive shops on the island. I think it is still a bit of a ‘rich people’ destination!
The water was really nice, but super salty. Much saltier than our seawater here in Australia. I went for a quick swim at the ‘beach’ (all pebbles and no sand = not a beach) while we waited for the boat to come back.
On the way back to the marina we stopped in a bay so we could swim off the back of the boat. I think this was definitely one of my highlights of the trip, swimming in the water off the coast of Italy! It was lots of fun and Stu was actually really surprised I did this!
We went back to the marina via some gorgeous grottos where the water is beautiful shades of blue and green. We didn’t go to the Blue Grotto partly because it costs money to visit! A hotel right above it owns the land and so charges people to go in and see it. Crazy. Plus you can only get into the grotto in a small wooden rowboat which can only take 4 people at once, so the lines are epically long. So we decided to pass on the Blue Grotto.
We went past Positano on the way back to the marina. Positano is probably one of the most well known towns along the Amalfi Coast. I really loved seeing it from the water as you can see it all at once and get a sense of why it is so popular. It’s a beautiful town and the houses built into the coastline are really interesting.
That’s it for the Amalfi Coast! It was fun and beautiful and we loved being there, just not driving there!!
Next up is Pompeii!
Have you been to the Amalfi Coast? Did you like it?
I’ve broken my Europe trip up into easy to manage pieces, otherwise I’ll be drowning you in hundreds of images at once! So you know what’s coming, I’ve prepared a list of the 24 parts of this series:
Part 1: London
Part 2: Cambridge
Part 3: Paris
Part 4: Amiens
Part 5: Battlefields
Part 6: Ieper (Ypres)
Part 7: Amsterdam
Part 8: Berlin
Part 9: Prague
Part 10: Cesky Krumlov
Part 11: Vienna
Part 12: Salzburg
Part 13: Venice
Part 14: Pesaro
Part 15: Amalfi Coast
Part 16: Pompeii
Part 17: Rome
Part 18: Florence
Part 19: Tuscany
Part 20: La Spezia
Part 21: Lyon
Part 22: Loire Valley
Part 23: Normandy
Part 24: Mont St Michel
Let me know if there is anything in particular you want to know about any of these places and I’ll try to include it in my post!
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