La Dolce Vita (Part 2)
After spending a great week in Puglia, as I told you in the previous post, we changed the scenery for another heavenly place: The Amalfi Coast!
We left the car back in Naples and started our new journey in Sorrento – the perfect place to stay while visiting the area. Our hotel was just 2 minutes walking distance from Piazza Tasso, the main attraction in town, where you can easily find souvenir shops, nice restaurants and bars.
The first place we visited here was the enchanting Positano, the coast’s most pituresque town with all the colorful houses build up in the mountain and steep streets hosting five star hotels and ceramic boutiques. When we got there, the view was breathtaking! Although I always try to find paradise everywhere I go, Positano was something else! Something I have never seen before: so many colors gathered together in a natural landscape. We spend the entire day up and down the stairs to see the village and even had time for a quick break at the beach where we could admire the view from a different perspective.
I may be subjective, due to the fact I got engaged here, wearing a white dress (coincidence much?) and a heart full of joy, but there is definitely something special about this place (maybe this is what made my boyfriend propose in that particular moment, while we gazed upon the sea and scenery below us, because although he had the ring all this time, the proposal was very spontaneous).
This second week continued as good as it started. Next stop: Amalfi – famed for its production of Limoncello liqueur and Ravello – another enchanting mountaintop village on Italy’s most beautiful coastline which filled with passion the hearts of many artists (and ours, as well). In Ravello, the most popular attractions are Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone (my personal choice), both offering stunning views over the Mediterranean sea and the dramatic coastline below.
We could not have left the area without seeing Pompeii – the ancient Roman city which was mostly destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This was by far the most exhausting day which involved a lot of walking and climbing at high temperatures (in August). But it was worth it because you don’t see these things everyday.
The next days we moved on the Island of Capri where we stayed at a nice hotel in Anacapri – the less crowded part of the island, where the locals live. We had a really great time here, spending each night at this nice bistro, on the terrace, tasting traditional cheese&salami plates, local wines and sweets, while listening to live music. We also booked a romantic boat tour around the island, starting in the morning and let me tell you that it was the best choice! We had such a great time! The 60-year-old Italian captain, showed us all the sights, the caves and told us some fun facts about the island. We took a lot of photos, but mostly we just stood there in the sun, relaxing, with a glass of prosecco in our hands, thinking about how beautiful everything is.
Our vacation was almost over so we headed back to Sorrento for our last three days in which we discovered the lemon garden and the city itself and even went back to Positano for a farewell lunch and a last walk (until the next one) through the crowded, steep streets, having that dolce far niente feeling.
In conclusion: VENI, VIDI, AMAVI!
I am waiting for your thoughts and stories after reading about our Italian adventure.