The Amalfi Coast
Whew.. traveling is exhausting! It's been two months since we left our home in Hawaii and I'm writing this from a beautiful little lake town in Switzerland. WiFi has been a bit iffy these last few weeks and so I'm finally catching up on blog posts and sharing our experience on the Amalfi Coast in Italy!
Let me just say.. if you are planning a trip to Italy, the coast is a MUST. It was by far our favorite spot throughout the whole country. It feels like a magical movie. It's seriously too unreal, and I would choose this part of our trip over anything else.
It's actually a bit more difficult to get to Amalfi than we expected. I figured you could just take a train but the closest a train will take you is Salerno. From there you either have to hire a private car (which is ridiculously expensive), rent a car (again expensive but also the roads are twisty and gnarly and I don't recommend), go on the ferry (not too expensive but still not the cheapest), or take the bus. The bus is definitely uncomfortable but it's cheap and the best option if you're not confident navigating windy roads on the edge of a cliff. You can purchase bus tickets for a few euros at the train station or any Tobacco shops (which are everywhere!).
If you plan on staying in Positano then I recommend booking your hotel way in advanced. We waited last minute and the only rooms available were $1,500+ a night. YEP. That was just out of the question for us so we stayed at Hotel Holiday which was reasonably priced (for the area) and we actually ended up LOVING staying in Praiano! It was just a 15 minute bus ride from Positano but was WAY quieter and had better swimming spots! Our hotel had an ocean view, the town was quiet and away from all the craziness in Positano (it's seriously jam packed with tourists), and we were able to interact with so many locals because of the small town feel. There was also delicious food, a bus stop, a gym, and a grocery store within a few minutes of our hotel so we had everything we needed. I highly recommend staying in Praiano if you aren't much of a city person like me!
We still made several trips into Positano since it's the dreamiest spot on the coast. The famous colorful buildings and pebbly beach dotted with striped umbrellas make you feel like you're living in a fantasy. It's beyond beautiful and photos don't do it justice.
Luckily for us we were able to meet up with Alex and Michael who are pretty much Italy experts! If you're looking for travel guides and ideas for Italy they are your people. They showed us around for a day and we had the best time together. She took a lot of the shots of me and Bryant! Alex and Michael are seriously the sweetest couple and we wouldn't have had the same experience without them!
We started off on our first adventure: hiking the path of the gods. The hike stretches out over the entire Amalfi Coast but we only hiked until Bomerano which was more than enough to get a taste for everything. All of the flowers were blooming and it was heavenly. We passed through terraces, little towns, free roaming goats, and crumbling ruins. We grabbed fresh pasta in Bomerano and made our way back to Positano. It took us about half the day, but we stopped lots for photos!
After the hike we met up with one of their friends who took us out for about an hour on his boat just to get the classic view of Positano! The sunset was dreamy and these are some of my favorite photos ever taken of us. So glad we had Alex and Michael around to capture it!
The next few days we spent exploring Praiano and all the hidden little swims spots! I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly where this is, but if you do a bit of exploring or even look on the map it's easy to figure out! The sun was hot and the water was clear. We were in heaven.
I didn't take my camera out too much for a few days because I wanted to just soak it up. We took things slow, swam a lot, jumped off some cliffs, and met lots of beautiful people.
On our last day we rented a little boat to go up and down the coast! I wish we would've known you could rent a boat and drive it yourself - it's so much cheaper that way! There are boat stands all along the beach in Positano so you can pick whatever fits in your price range.
It was just Bryant and I on our little boat along with our guide and he took us to little swimming coves, caves, beautiful cliffs, stunning views of all the towns, and even a waterfall that splashed straight into the ocean!
It was the perfect way to to end our time in Italy.
Italy... I'll be back.