after biarritz, we flew into barcelona and spent one night before making our way to italy the next morning. our time in barcelona was short but it seemed like such a fun + interesting city (plus their soccer team had just won a game that evening and the locals were going CRAZY until the wee hours of the morning).
anyways, get ready for a million photos ahead…i just couldn’t help myself. the amalfi coast is ridiculously beautiful and incredible and amazing and photos don’t even do it justice! the last time we were in italy was on our honeymoon 2.5 years ago and ever since then, i’ve been wanting to come back to this beautiful country. specifically the amalfi coast. the natural beauty is absolutely stunning and the colors and textures of this town are perfectly picturesque. we were there in the middle of may so it wasn’t overly crowded yet and the weather was still nice enough to lay out in the afternoons.
where we stayed
we stayed right in the center of positano at this mediterranean style hotel and we would stay here again in a heartbeat. we loved this place and our room had a beautiful panoramic view of the piazzetta dei mulini. it was a 5 minute walk to spiaggia grande (the main beach) and all the restaurants and shops were super close. they also had a delicious free breakfast every morning, including espresso drinks!
things we did
boat ride | hands down, one of the most memorable experiences of my entire life! we rented a little zodiac boat (sans driver) and rode up and down the coast for a few hours and it was MAGICAL. we drove along the majestic sea cliffs, through rock tunnels and into the fiordo di furore. if we had one more day here, we would have spent it camped out on this gem of a beach. we were like little kids in a candy shop. the whole ride felt so surreal!
shop | i had no idea positano was known for their linen. there were so many boutiques that had beautiful linen pieces, but my favorite was la bottega di brunella. i got a tunic for myself and the cutest mini tunic for one of our nieces. also, marvis toothpaste is made in italy and we noticed it was sold at all the local drugstores. it was 1/2 the cost it is on amazon here in the u.s. so we stocked up.
day trip to capri | we debated taking the ferry to the isle of capri one day and we are so glad we did! more photos (i know, i know, i took too many pics) to come.
car service | getting to the amalfi coast is a bit off the beaten path and taking a bus on those crazy windy roads could take forever. we were trying to condense our travel time as much as possible, so we booked a private car service in advance (which supposedly is cheaper than hailing a taxi at the airport). we flew into naples and used amalfi car service and they were super kind and accommodating.
where we ate
i don’t really think you can go wrong in italy food-wise. every restaurant basically serves the same ingredients (tomatos, basil, olive oil, bread, and cheese) in multiple forms aka deliciousness and you end every meal with a shot of espresso or a cappuccino. we did have some favorites though!
bruno | up the hill a little ways from our hotel, this place was the most romantic restaurant and the food was so delicious. they have tables located on the sidewalk overlooking the town & the ocean and it makes for an incredible dining experience.
next stop: a day trip to the isle of capri