We finally tied the knot……
And when we did, it was a dream come true by making our visit to Italy our honeymoon destination. Can you picture any better place with a perfect mix of food, history and the beach? We traveled from Rome to Florence and descended all the way to the beautiful Amalfi Coast. It was quite a trek, but well worth the trip.
We hopped on a train for Naples which was easily accessible. From there, a connecting train took us to Sorrento and a long bus ride swerving along the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast finally brought us to our destination. The ride was nauseating, scary, but thrilling all at the same time. On our return, we took the ferry back to Sorrento which was another viable and better option. We stayed in the town of Amalfi for our magical honeymoon. It's quite central along the coast and a popular tourist destination.
The Amalfi Coast is a stretch on the coastline of the Salerno Gulf that includes many little quaint towns. You will be captivated by the natural beauty of mountains, cliffs and elevated colorful houses by the sea. We were amazed how the views are as breathtaking from below as they are from above. Some towns are more popular and well developed than others, but your budget will best suggest where to stay. As soon as you decide on your location, there's no need to worry about adventuring. Great options for daytrips are available by boat or bus to beautiful towns such as Positano or the island of Capri. Simply reserve your tickets in advance and feast your eyes on the beautiful coastline.
Here are a few options to visit while basking away:
Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and is the official starting point of the Amalfi Coast. In addition, Sorrento makes a good base for exploring the region’s many top tourist sites such as Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. Ferries connect the town to Naples, Amalfi, Positano, Capri and Ischia, which makes it very easy to get around. If you're planning a stay here, don’t forget to do a little shopping since Sorrento is famous for ceramics and leather shoes. Take the time to stroll through the charming streets and don't forget to stop for some limoncello (lemon liqueur), an alcoholic beverage that is widely produced in Sorrento.
The dreamy island of Capri is about a 30 minute ferry ride from Positano or Naples. Once you're dropped off at the Marina Grande, admire the beauty of the sea filled with stunning yachts and sailing boats of the rich and famous. A thrilling ride by cable car takes you up the steep mountain to the city square for some walking, shopping and beautiful panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. From the cobblestone streets to the most beautiful turquoise water, Capri becomes a favourite for most when visiting Italy. Spend a day at the famous beach clubs (crowded with tourists) for some food, drinks and swimming.
Positano is probably the most picturesque and jaw-dropping town of the Amalfi Coast. Witness pastel colored houses clinging to the cliffs as they overlook the Mediterranean Sea. It's centrally located and known for its beautiful beaches, fashionable upscale boutiques and its glamorous restaurants and nightclubs. Though it makes for marvelous views, be prepared to walk up many hills and climb many steps as you tour the area. With all that being said, this town can accommodate all your needs, but it will unfortunately come at a heavy price. Due to its popularity and its upscale clientele, Positano hotels are among the priciest on the coast. Have no fear, if you’re not able to afford staying overnight, you can easily visit for the entire day by bus or ferry. Make sure to put this town on your priority list.
Amalfi is one of the most historic towns along the coast having a glorious maritime history dating back to the 6th century. This beautiful town was recognized as a trading power for centuries. Today, it's admired by many tourists as it has many historical interests and a distinctly Moorish feel. Among one of the largest and most popular of the coast, Amalfi is a perfect place to visit if you're looking for a quiet yet energetic stay. The main piazza is filled with sidewalk cafés, restaurants and boutiques. If hiking is not an issue, then walk along the 60 steps leading to the church of St. Andrew for a beautiful view of the coast, day or night.
When the wrath of Mount Vesuvius buried the city of Pompeii in ashes two thousand years ago, the city was wiped off the map. Now excavations have unearthed the ruins of this lost city frozen in time for centuries. We think taking the guided tour is a must since you will learn many incredible facts about the city. This is the closest you will ever get to experience what if felt like walking along the streets of Antiquity. Some of our favourite things to see are the oldest surviving Roman Amphitheatre, a brothel with funny images scribbled on the walls and the Forum baths. There are also various shrines, temples, and many more buildings surrounding the Forum to admire. You will not miss the large warehouse of artifacts. The freakiest part of the tour is definitely the Garden of the Fugitives, the last inhabitants of Pompeii left in plaster.
Ravello is a refined tiny village that sits high on the cliffs and is well known for its peaceful, romantic and charming landscape. Most people visit Ravello for its two magnificent gardens and stupendous views. Due to its unique romantic charm, this village is becoming increasingly popular for weddings. It can explain therefore why there is a long list of elite celebrities that have once traveled here such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Greta Garbo, and Truman Capote. The famous German Composer Robert Wagner was inspired from the romantic garden of Villa Rufolo that he stayed long enough to write the second act of Parsifal. For many, Ravello is considered the most beautiful town in the Amalfi Coast. We're sure that after visiting, you will have your own opinion.
Enjoy the pictures below!