Sunday, 21 July 2013

Sorrento & Amalfi Coast

Hello all!

Apologies for the distinct lack of blog posts in the past few weeks; stuff came up, then I went on holiday. But I'm back now and eager to get back into blogging.

Yes, so the holiday was amazing. Me and Chris went to Sorrento & Amalfi Coast in Italy. Why here? Well, Chris was set on going to Italy, not having been before and as I had already seen Tuscany & Umbria I suggested the Amalfi Coast and he was keen!

Sorrento Marina Grande at sunset
I remember looking through my parents photos from when they went and longing for someone to take me there one day; being quite a romantic place I jumped at the chance to go with Chris.

Sorrento Marina Grande 
If you're considering it but unsure then I say do it! We were worried about it being expensive (everyone says it's ridiculous!) but we didn't find it too bad - we managed to budget 100 euros a day for both of us and stuck to it, obviously spending more some days and then less the next.

We arrived into Naples airport mid-morning, we decided not to hire a car as everyone says the public transport is easy to use and the parking is limited around the Amalfi Coast towns; which it is....when you know where to get the bus from! Turns out the coach to Sorrento (also stops at other places on route) is at the very end of one of the carparks, so not quite 'just outside the arrivals terminal' as suggested online.

Fish & Chips at Trattoria Da Emilia, Sorrento
Sorrento is beautiful, and I'm really glad our main base was this town. As well as it having great metro and bus links to the other towns (seriously easy to use!) it's also not overly expensive, you can eat cheap by finding restaurants down the alley ways rather than in the main square and also walking down to the Marina Grande where there is this excellent little restaurant 'Trattoria Da Emilia' where we had the local wine and the local catches of the day with some chips - highly recommend it if you want to same fish & chips the Italian way.

During our visit we decided to splash some of our budget for one of the days and take a trip to Capri, supposedly where the rich and famous go (didn't manage to spot any though) - eager to explore this beautiful island we hired our own little boat. It was great fun and only cost us 90 euros for 2 hours - you can drive through the grottos and anchor your boat and go for a swim through the caves.
Touring Capri on our little boat

Positano from the top
The other main highlight for me was visiting Positano. We decided to go later on in the day, and stay for dinner, and boy I'm glad we did! The bus drops you at the top, meaning you have to walk all the way down - it's beautiful, and once you get near the bottom you walk through the alley ways full of clothes shops, pottery shops and street artists selling their paintings (we may have bought one...) - dinner was eaten at Le Tre Sorelle (meaning The Three Sisters) as recommended by my parents, we both scoffed down pizza whilst overlooking the sea, but then we had to walk all the way back up to the top (not quite as fun when full of food and wine, but is definitely not as hard as I thought it was going to be!)

All in all, I had an excellent time; I'll be doing some more blog posts on Sorrento & Amalfi Coast but this is a general overview. If anyone has any questions about visiting the area then please leave me a comment or get in touch!

Sophie x

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