Italy: Amalfi Coast, Rome, and Pompei
Caio Bella was our favorite term we heard in Italy.
We flew Delta airlines to Italy and flew into Naples. We then took a taxi up to the Amalfi Coast. The roads are very winding and it was around 100 Euros for the ride to Amalfi. It took an hour to get up the winding path to our hotel. We stayed at Hotel Bellevue. This was a quaint family owned hotel right on the Amalfi Coast with an amazing view of the ocean. We had a rooftop where we drank wine each night and enjoyed the sunset on the coast. We went on our trip in October and the price was amazing. $1000 for flight and hotel on Expedia for 6 days. Amalfi was an amazing middle point on the coast for our day trips we did. Also our hotel was a mile walking distance to the ferry, buses, and downtown.
Our first day in Italy we decided to stay in our Amalfi area and explore the city and the beach. We went down to the Silver Moon Amalfi and got pizza there and then paid 5 Euros each to get a chair and lay out on the beach all day. It was pure relaxation. We paid 3 Euros for each glass of wine and they let us bring the glass on the beach too. Our hotel was walking distance down to the Amalfi city center. We would walk a mile each day to get down there.
We took a ferry to Positano, Italy for our first day on the coast. It was around 20 Euros round trip for the ferry to Positano. This is the cutest coastal town. This is where the buildings are stacked up. We stayed at the beach this day also and paid 10 Euros each for a chair and umbrella for all day. We then explored the shops in the city before we left. We walked from our hotel room to the ferry and it was around a mile walk. The view of the coast is in sight the whole mile walk down.
This island of Capri is stunning. We took the ferry from Amalfi to the Island of Capri for 20 Euros round trip. Once we got on the ferry a man was on it offering tours of the island. We paid 30 Euros for him to tour us around the island. There are two sections of Capri: Anacapri and Capri. The guide took us to see all the views of Capri and Anacapri. He also let us try Lemoncello. It is a very strong alcohol but you have to try it while in Italy.
Our guide also took us to see the famous Faraglioni of Capri. Faraglioni is a coastal and oceanic rock formation eroded by waves. It is also 0,50 cents to go to the restroom so be sure to bring coins with you.
We also added a boat tour around Capri for an extra 15 Euros. This tour took us right next to the Faraglioni and through it. We got to see the whole island by boat and also see the Blue Grotto.
It is referred to with one i and two i’s. We took a bus from Amalfi to get to Pompei to begin our guided tour. This is a city that was buried under ash after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. It was amazing to see this city frozen in time. You can see the writing and painting on the wall. You get to see where the homes were and the antiques they found in the ash. We also went to Domus Cameo in Pompei to get a local ring. The ring is made out of a sea shell. The artist cuts the most precious part from the shell which is the cup. It is hand made from a sea shell and it is exquisite. Our guide then took us to to the top of Mount Vesuvius. This volcano is still active today and can erupt at any moment.
We took a bus from Amalfi to the train station to head to Rome. It was a two hour train ride to Rome. We did it in one day. When we got there we decided to do the hop on hop off tour for 30 Euros. This was worth it to be able to travel and see Rome. Our first stop was Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Wow this Basilica was stunning. It has amazing architecture.
Our next stop on the tour was the Roman Colosseum.
Trevi Fountain was just as I had imagined in The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Of course we had to get Gelato too. We got Gelato everyday in Italy. It was amazing!
We walked about a mile around Rome to get to The Spanish Steps. It was worth it because we got to see the streets and buildings along the way.
I highly suggest staying on the Amalfi Coast during your stay in Italy.