If you ever find yourself in Southern Italy, be sure to visit the Almafi coast. We stayed in Sorrento (as Positano was out of our price range) and it was incredibly beautiful. While summer is the most popular time to vacation on the Almafi coast, it’s also expensive — and our travels took us there at the beginning of November. The weather was perfect, crowds were minimal and views were breathtaking.
Sorrento is known for its Limoncello, seafood, and beautiful scenery. We walked through groves of lemons, pomegranates, olives, and oranges. And, while we certainly ate as much as our stomachs could hold, we also averaged walking 8-10 miles a day — plus, the Italian coast is not known for being flat.
We took a day trip to Capri, which was recommended by several friends. There’s lots of high-end shopping, from Prada to Fendi, but we simply enjoyed the staggeringly beautiful views and left the spending to other tourists. We did, however, eat overpriced pizza and bruschetta! We also sipped a refreshing lemon slush and treated ourselves to cannoli and hot chocolate at the end of the long, very tiring day.
Though we had hoped to visit the Blue Grotto, we missed our chance; it closes at 1PM. I was disappointed, but we watched a fishing competition, basked in the sun, and fed the fish stale bread instead.
One of our last days in Sorrento, we went to Pompei for half a day. It was once a Roman city, but in 79 AD, the nearby Mt. Vesuvius erupted, spewing lava and ash all over the city. Many of its citizens fled, but there were several who stayed behind — and they inevitably died. The interesting thing about Pompeii is this: Because of the huge amount of ash, lack of air and moisture, the town was essentially preserved, allowing excavators and historians a detailed look into the life of a Roman citizen back then. The voids that once held people (who decayed) were filled with plaster, giving site visitors a sad, yet incredibly accurate visual of the position they died in.
It was part heartbreaking, part fascinating, and though I’m not a history buff in any way, I thoroughly enjoyed our time there. (And no, it did not have anything to do with spotting Jude Law! … But that may explain my deep desire to watch The Holiday on repeat.)
After five nights in Sorrento, we moved on to Bologna and are currently staying in Parma. More on that to come — and, of course, plenty of food pictures to follow. : )