Back in June I spent a couple of weeks exploring some of the best parts of Italy, starting in the Amalfi coast. It is one of the best things I have ever done and secretly feel like I should be part Italian by now. The Amalfi coast is insane! It is full of sketchy bus rides, incredible food and ridiculously beautiful scenery. It was the perfect place to put my not-so-secret photography obsession to use.
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Amalfi town itself is such a unique and beautiful place. The funky trees, striped umbrellas and turquoise water genuinely made me happy. On our first day we went straight to the Silver Moon Pizzeria and although I’m sure they do great pizza – all I really wanted from them was to sit under one of their stripy umbrellas and pretend I was in an old italian film. I mean that’s what everyone does right?
In Amalfi Town
- Have a beach day. One that involves some sort of umbrella – not only because it looks great but if you’re on a sunbed that is owned by a bar then strange shouty people actually come round and bring you cold beers. I mean you have to pay for them but at least you don’t have to move.
- Drink. I would definitely recommend watching the world go by with a drink in the Marina Grande on the beach front. Great for people and scenery watching.
- Get a gelato. This probably goes without saying but you can get some really nice ones in the square behind the sea front. Just a warning however, they melt FAST. Mine disappeared in the time it took for me to try and get my camera out to take a classic ‘look at my gelato pic’. I ended up with mint choc chips (yes that is the best flavour) all down my leg, clothes and in my hair. This felt quite unavoidable so I don’t really know why I didn’t see this happen to more people.
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Positano is in a league of its own in terms of how beautiful it is. So many interesting back streets and gold domes. Well there’s actually only one gold dome, maybe two, but one big one that everyone looks at. It is genuinely amazing. Oh and its actual name is the Church of Santa Maria Assunda.
As you arrive into Positano it does become pretty obvious this must be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The beach and the architecture is just all stunning it’s hard to believe it’s actually real. What I loved most was exploring the backstreets where you can get lost in a maze of quirky streets and coloured houses away from the crowds
- Don’t wear heels. This is a very vertical town, lots of stairs and climbing uneven floors. I did wear heels so I can speak from experience here. Blisters for days.
- Go to the hotels. We weren’t actually staying in Positano but one of the biggest lessons learnt in Italy is that if you find the amazing hotels (that the average person can’t afford to stay in) just go there for drinks or dinner! You get to experience some of the best food and best views in Italy. I can recommend Le Sirenuse and Hotel Palazzo Murat. We stopped in the latter for lunch and found ourselves in an oasis of foliage and flowers complete with a view of the Santa Maria Church creeping out from behind the plants. (Honestly everyone wants a piece of this Church – if you can see it from where you’re sat you’re in the right place.)
Backstreets. Explore them! You get a lot more of a feel for the place when you’re away from the crowds. It’s amazing that even once you’ve walked far into the depths of Positano you can still find such incredible views.
- Shopping! Although unfortunately I couldn’t fit this in to our itinerary the shops you see walking around are pretty on point – It’s definitely something I would do next time!
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This beach is so cute it deserves its own heading! You would never know it was there unless you knew to look for it. Luckily, as i’d been obsessively researching this trip months in advance, I had spotted it online and made it my mission to find it. Right in the middle of Amalfi and Positano this little gem is one of the reasons I love Italy.
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I don’t even know where to start with Ravello. We were staying about 20 minutes from the centre of Ravello but that 20 minutes was ALL stairs. Every night the leg cramp was real. Every evening we would make this journey into the town for dinner and although in 30 degrees it killed us it was also so worth it. Ravello is BEAUTIFUL.
We had amazing dinners, saw incredible sunsets, made actual friends with a cat (who walked the 20 mins home with us one night) and saw the most impressive lemons you’ve ever seen. They are very proud of the lemon thing as well.
- Watch the sunset in the square. The views are amazing and you can sit at and enjoy it whilst having a drink and also some strange snacks at Duomo Caffè Ravello Costa di Amalfi. Honestly every evening they would bring us our drink accompanied with something slightly random to snack on. I LOVED it!
- Dinner at Ristorante Rossellini’s. Incredible views across the whole of the Amalfi coast line. The food is epic and the garden is amazing especially whilst enjoying a couple of Martinis. Eating here was genuinely one of the highlights of the whole trip.
- If you’re up for a bit of DIY eating go to one of the corner shops (are they even called that in Italy?) and get some of the best balsamic and olive oil, then get tomatos, mozzarella, bread and fresh basil. And obviously wine. Make yourself a salad with these amazing ingredients and just be amazed by how good it is.