Adventures on the Amalfi Coast
I haven't always wanted to go to the Amalfi Coast. I honestly didn't even know what/where it was until Jay Z dropped the lyric "it's humorous to me, they watching, we just yachting, hoppin off the Amalfi Coast" in Beyonce's "Upgrade U" After I heard that lyric, I googled the Amalfi Coast because if I figured if Jay and Bey frequented this place, it's probably pretty magical.
I was right.
There are a number of cities that make up the Amalfi Coast area and we chose Sorrento as a starting point for our time there. Sorrento is probably the westernmost town on the Amalfi Coast and is easy to get to by way of train or ferry. We chose the latter and arrived in the evening time to a warm welcome from possibly the nicest Bed and Breakfast host ever. Pamela at Surriento Suites accommodated us quickly and provided an overview of Sorrento and lots of suggestions on things to do.
Unfortunately, we only stayed in Sorrento one night because the town of Positano was the goal for this trip. If you have enough time, spend a day exploring Sorrento, or even use it as your home base while exploring the other cities of the Amalfi Coast. Lodging in Sorrento is way more affordable than lodging in Positano. Next time, I will dedicate a least a week for exploring the Amalfi Coast.
You can get to Positano from Sorrento by ferry, taxi, or bus. We chose the bus as it was the cheapest option. The SITA bus from Sorrento to Positano departs every 15 minutes or so and typically takes about about an hour. Not bad..unless you have to stand the entire time like we did. The busses try to hold as many people as physically possible so you may want to be strategic about where you stand in line. Also, try to get a seat on the right side of the bus, or else you'll miss the gorgeous views of the coastline as you drive up the EXTREMELY steep and ridiculously windy hill.
There were a few times when the bus was whipping around the curves that only thing between us and the rocky cliffs was a measly guardrail. Needless to say, I RAN off the bus when we got to the stop nearest our hotel.
We stayed at the really cute Hotel Savoia. Many hotels in Positano have amazing views of either the coast on the cliffside. The free buffet breakfast on the balcony was probably one of my favorite parts of this hotel. As with most typical Italian hotels, be prepared for firm beds and tiny showers.
There are so many yummy options for good food and cheap wine in Positano! One dining experience that I will never forget is dinner at La Tagliata. La Tagliata is a family owned restaurant that serves a fixed multi-course meal...from no menu. Yep..everyone in the restaurant essentially eats whatever is fresh that day. So our meal consisted of pastas, an assortment of meats, veggies, breads, dessert and bottles of wine. Bottles. Plural. All for around 35 Euros per person. The restaurant is located even higher up the cliffs so there is a complimentary shuttle to and from the restaurant that picks up in various spots in the main town. You must make reservations to eat here, but La Tagliata is a must in Positano!
Other food experiences we enjoyed were: the margherita pizza at II Fornillo, the seafood pasta at Da Vicenzo and the paninis at Da Ferdinando. Theres a ton of restaurants right on the beach where you can dine in or order something quick to take with you to your lounge chair.
See and Do
I had all the amazing plans for things I wanted to in Positano. Hike the Path of the Gods. Take a boat to Da Adolfo. Maybe take a catamaran trip to Capri. But by this portion of our honeymoon trip we were exhausted. So we relaxed. It was the first time on our honeymoon where we had time to truly reflect on our wedding day and all that had transpired. We spent our two days there wandering around the town, stopping in little boutiques, exploring the coast line and bumming on the beach. We laid on the beach for hours just admiring God's amazing cliffside creation. Nights were spent conversing over long meals and delicious wine.
And it was perfect. :)
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