The Amalfi Coast Travel Diary

Hello everyone, so I’m back from my incredible trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy and I’m definitely sad to return to reality which involves waking up to the freezing cold, boring views outside my bedroom window and not so great food…nothing can really compare to the food it Italy; carbs all day and night!

The Amalfi Coast had been on my bucket list for a while, so with my mums 50th birthday and here being the one place she was desperate to go to, I was so excited to tick another amazing place of the list and It 100% lived up to the high expectations I had which I’m so happy about.

Staying in Sorrento; a beautiful and busy town along the Amalfi Coast that faces the Bay of Naples. I couldn’t think of  a more perfect location to stay each night and to base our trip around. Sorrento is one of the larger towns along the coastline and is in the centre of most of the places you’d want to visit if you were going to the Amalfi Coast such as Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri and Pompeii. We stayed in the Gran Hotel President, which is set up in the cliffs 5 or so minutes away from the centre of the town. Now I haven’t ever had the pleasure of staying in a hotel with such scenic views like this; with the centre of Sorrento one way and Mount Vesuvius the other It was pretty breathtaking waking up each morning to this.

 

 

Jumpsuit: Rebellious Fashion/ Sunglasses: Asos/ Jacket: H&M

I was actually surprised how small Sorrento was as a whole town, which made it easier to be able to see everything we wanted to see and be able to wonder in and out of the small side streets without getting lost. The side streets were packed with small independent shops, which I adore as you often come across really unique pieces like the green top I bought, that you can’t find in your typical high street stores. We also ate at this Italian restaurant Carusso, which is a must if you travel to Sorrento…I’ve never been to such a fancy restaurant that goes the extra mile like they did and god the food we had there was the best food I’ve ever had, and as someone who enjoys her food a little too much I’d say I know what I’m talking about. I had the Suckling Pig with potato croquettes the first night we went, and the Ravioli the second time we went and both times I was left feeling rather pleased I’d probably just eaten two of the best meals I’d ever had.  So, if you are ever in Sorrento you just have to go here!

We took the car down to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello on the second day which was something that was on the top of the list with my whole family.  The actual drive along the coastline is definitely not for the fainthearted who don’t like steep drops and uneasy windy roads but was definitely worth it for the incredible views of the coast and stopping off to take pictures and look at the fruit and veg stalls that were placed at different points along the drive.

Top:  Joy Sorrento/ Skirt: Mango/ Bag: New Look

Positano was out first stop, and I couldn’t have been happier with visiting this stunning cliff side village. Each point we walked to was even more amazing than the first, with colourful houses perched up into the cliffs, small side streets leading down onto the prettiest beach I’d seen in a long time, we grabbed a cocktail at one of the restaurants looking down onto the beach as well as up onto the cliffs. We actually visited Positano twice on this trip as we loved it so much the first time and wanted to spend our last full day there. The second time we went back we wanted to do it a little differently, so we hired a private boat for an hour and sailed along the coastline towards Amalfi. The views looking back onto Positano were…well I can’t even put it into words. My dad did get a little carried away driving the boat back that his t-shirt (which he had placed on the side) ended up dissapearing out to sea…RIP Psycho Bunny t-shirt.

Ravello was another place we visited, which was very different to Sorrento and Positano, as the town was situated up in the hills. We only briefly stopped here to roam around and grab some lunch before attempting to go back to Amalfi; we tried parking in Amalfi straight after visiting Positano and ended up driving around looking for spaces for ages (I can’t imagine what it’s like in the summer). Amalfi was really just as beautiful as I’d have expected, with the most stunning Cathedral set in the centre with stairs leading up to it, it was the perfect spot for people to sit and enjoy the last of the evening light while looking out at the hustle and bustle off the small side streets. If I had to pick which place out of the three I loved the most, I would definitely say Positano as I’ve honestly never been somewhere so picturesque.

Pompeii is the next place we travelled to, and somewhere we had all said we wanted to go to. I think what’s great about holidays were you aren’t just chilling by the pool each day, is the ability to go and venture out early in the morning, and travel to places that have history like Pompeii does. The actual town of Pompeii was a lot prettier than I had imagined, while the only reason we had gone there was to visit the ruins we did stop off afterwards for some lunch in the main town and to wonder round the rest of the area away from the ruins.

We spent a good few hours wondering round the ruins of Pompeii, slipping in and out of the different side streets and getting to go inside the remains of the houses that had been buried by the ashes all those years ago. It was so overwhelming getting to also see the bodies that had been preserved by the ashes and made it feel a little more realistic. I’d definitely go back to Pompeii and do the rest of the ruins, as the area is so vast it’s virtually impossible to be able to see it all with the time given and being able to stop for some lunch.

One of the other places we visited was Capri, which is a beautiful Island in the Bay of Naples. To get there we took the boat from Sorrento to Capri and spent the day wondering around Capri’s expensive shops, looking out over the cliffs onto the sea as well as getting a boat which took us round the whole of the Island. I’d been desperate to go to the Blue Grotto which you can only reach by boat. The Blue Grotto is a sea cave that is known for it’s crystal blue water that is created by the sunlight shining through a small cavity and illuminating the water…so yes it’s pretty magical when you are actually inside it. We had to take a separate little boat to actually get into the Blue Grotto as the gap to get in is tiny. It was incredible when we were inside, as all of the boats that were in there had the locals who were steering the boats singing different Italian songs which just made the experience that little bit more amazing.

Capri was definitely not one of the places I had been desperate to go to, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and was also a lot prettier than I’d expected it to be. I think sometimes going to places with lower expectations is better so that you aren’t left disappointed, but I can tell you now, not a single part of this trip left me feeling that way.

Skirt: H&M/ T-Shirt: Zara/ Bag: New Look/ Sunglasses: H&M

Booking the trip to the Amalfi Coast only about two weeks before (my dad loves leaving the booking till the last minute) meant that we could keep an eye on the weather seeing as we were going in October and we had heard the weather could be a bit hit or miss, with on average 12 rainy days that month. However we were more than happy that out of the 7 days we were there only 1 day had expected rain, which turned into no rain and meant we had the dream weather we had hoped for. In terms of outfits, I took a range of skirts, play suits as well as trousers and jumpsuits for the evening as the temperature did drop a little, but was around 20 degrees during the day. The only thing I do regret is not taking a sensible jacket with me that matched all of my outfits, as it was pretty windy at some points along the coastline and silly Caitlin didn’t always have anything to throw on to keep herself warm. Trainers is also a must as the trip involved a lot of walking around, especially steep slopes so I wanted to be as comfy as I could be. It was actually nice that the weather wasn’t super hot, as boiling hot temperatures and lots of walking just don’t go down well with me, so this time of year is perfect to see the Amalfi Coast without the added crowds that you’d probably get in the summer time as well as the humid heat.

Playsuit: H&M/ Bag: New Look/ Sunglasses: H&M/ Trainers: Adidas

Top: & Other Stories/ Skirt: Mango

So until next time Italy…

2 Comments

  1. November 5, 2017 / 11:08 am

    These photos are gorgeous Caitlyn! I want to go to the Amalfi coast now ! xx

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