POST COVID TRAVEL
With Italy being added onto the travel corridor list, I felt compelled to at least ONCE this year? *screams in travel blogger* Having travelled to Italy three times before, this was the perfect get-away. It's a familiar territory, from the locals, transport, and food.
Positano is beautiful and unspoiled, with small seaside towns it's a true Italian gem to see and be seen.
My arrival was welcomed with temperature checks, impressive track and trace system at most public area's. *cheeky look at British Govt*
Since it was an impromptu trip, a lot of the hotels I wanted to stay in were either fully booked or EXPENSIVE! Yes, you can't mention the Amalfi Coast without speaking about the wealthy and exclusives who visit.
So I opted for the next best town, I book my stay in Sorrento! It's a gorgeous busy town, with a scenic port serving delicious seafood and drinks; for half of the price compared to Positano.
PLACES TO STAY:
Positano is filled with loads of hotels with beautiful rooftops, giving you a chance to see the post card view o the beach.
I stayed at Hotel Pergola , it's a 15 min walk to the main station that allows you go to Positano & Napels. My stay was a 6/10 they provide FREE hotel shuttle bus, taking you to and from the main square. As for the room, It was very clean and housing keeping attended every morning.
If you are going to be out ALL DAY then this is perfect! They have pool outside, it wasn't the cleanest or ''INSTA WORTHY'
MY HOTEL £200 FOR 4 NIGHTS
GETTING AROUND & KEY NOTES:
From London, fly into Naples.
I took a train from Naples station to Sorrento, the journey was 1hour,20min. (£8 oneway train)
If you are coming to the Amalfi Coast via train, you should take a train to Salerno and then arrive in Positano via ferry. It is truly magical and a great way to start your trip. On the way out, depending on where you are heading, you can go the cab route to either Naples or Salerno.
BUSES? Return bus journey from Sorrento to Positano is £3, it's a 40min journey.
FERRY? They operate regularly, I would advise you to book your boat on the day. Cost: from £25 return
THINGS TO DO & FOOD :
With its steep cliffs, Sorrento doesn’t have a beach as such, but along the waterfront there are piers jutting out into the sea where you can swim or sunbathe in summer. Most are owned by hotels or restaurants so you might have to buy a drink or hire a deckchair to bag a prime spot.
To get down to Sorrento’s seafront there’s a road down to the harbour from Piazza Tasso, and if you don’t fancy the climb back up then there’s a lift cut into the rocks to carry you back up to the top for €1.
My favourite places to eat in Sorrento were L’Antica Trattoria for a sophisticated take on local specialities, Inn Bufalito for fantastic mozzarella dishes and Cafè Latino for its great wine list and candlelit garden of lemon and orange trees. And don’t forget ice cream – there are Gelateria scattered across town or you can learn to make your own gelato at Gelateria Davide.
For a fancy (and pricey) aperitivo, posh crowd and stunning views of Positano, Franco’s Bar of Le Sirenuse is the place to be seen.
Casa E Bottega is a darling home goods concept store serving healthy salads, omelets and fresh smoothies. La Tagliata for an experience. This restaurant up on the hill above Positano is known for it’s stunning views and appetizers so filling you’ll forget about the main course. Buca di Bacco Ristorante for dinner down by the main beach and La Pergola’s Buca di Bacco Bar downstairs for a casual aperitivo.
Spend the day at the lido Bagni D’Arienzo. This beach club was the best experience I’ve had at a lido in Italy.
Hike the Path of the Gods. The views are incredible!
You can’t miss the church of Santa Maria Assunta in the town center.
Take a ferry over to Capri or a bus to Amalfi for a day trip.
Capri is a bustling town almost entirely given over to tourism. Most of the walking around Capri is past designer boutiques, luxury hotels, and restaurants. But explore beyond and you’ll discover that Capri is full of unique natural wonders.
Natural Arch is a highly recommended tourist attraction, frequently seen in paintings. The view up here is absolutely breathtaking! And the best part of it is the world famous azure sea which gives Capri its name – the Blue Island.
boat ride to get a better view of Capri and see the famous Faragilioni rocks. You might remember it from the Dolce & Gabbana ads, but the iconic rock formations stand on their own in the sea.
The Blue Grotto is one of Capri's biggest attractions and it's not cheap to go and take a look.
A cable car runs from Piazza Vittoria to the tip of Mount Solaro taking 12 minutes to reach the summit.