Amalfi Coast

This place is incredible.

Definitely my top destination in Italy, and maybe all of Southern Europe.  The Amalfi Coast is a region of coastline in southern Italy, directly below Naples.  While there is an actual town named Amalfi, the Amalfi Coast usually refers to the cliff-lined coastlines and towns that exist around it.  I visited the Amalfi Coast over a weekend trip with the tour group, Bus2Alps, and I highly recommend it.  In the 3 days you are on the trip, you visit an incredible amount of the Amalfi Coast that even some of the most experienced travelers would have trouble covering in the short period of time.  Check out the Amalfi Coast trip and many of the other ones they offer around Europe at their website http://www.bus2alps.com . Very affordable for students and well worth it, especially if traveling alone.

 

I’ll start off with the view the rooftop lounge bar at Seven Hostel in the town of Sorrento.  I highly recommend this hostel.  With rooms as cheap as 15 euro/night and a view like this, it can’t be beat.

Rooftop lounge of Seven Hostel in Sorrento

One more shot from the roof of Seven Hostel.

This was the first view I got of the most amazing town I have ever seen.  Positano, like many Italian seaside villages, is built on the cliffs right down to the water.  However, the buildings and colors of Positano are unique compared to other villages I’ve seen, making the town my favorite from the region.

View of Positano from the black sand beach.

When in Positano, you must (not maybe), you must take a boat tour (10 euro) along the coast in order to get a view of the entire town from the water.

Absolutely amazing view.

And one more.

And another.

How could you not want to look at another one?

Also, don’t forget to take a walk through the town and up to the road.

Another place we visited was the Island of Capri.  The thing that stood out to me most about Capri was the sheer size of the cliffs, and also the fact that you can get to the very top of the island.  Capri is also a popular vacation destination for celebrities, and a few even have houses on the island.

Cliffs of the Island of Capri.  Notice the boat for scale.

View of Capri from the ferry we took from Sorrento.

The Faraglioni (rock formations) off the island of Capri.  You can pass through the hole in the rock on the right by boat.

Here is a view of Capri about a quarter of the way up the island, with one of the most delicious and refreshing drinks I’ve ever tasted.  After walking up hundreds of stairs, sipping down one, or two, or three of these orange-lemon Granitas (spiked with Absolut vodka – 5 euro) will assure that you have an enjoyable journey to the top of Mt. Solaro.  I’d go back to Capri just for the drink (and the views of course).

Once you reach Anacapri (the highest town on the island), you must take the chairlift (I think an 8 euro ride up and down) to the top of Mt. Solaro.  At the top you will be greeted with amazing views of the entire island as well as another bar that serves those delicious Granitas.

Amazing view.  Be sure to hop the fence and walk along the cliffs (notice the people off in the distance).

But be mindful of the edge, it’s a long way down.

After taking the chairlift back down to Anacapri, you can reach the bottom of the island by many, many stairs that offer more amazing views of the island.

And one last time.  I can’t wait to go back

Last, but not least, while you’re in the area, make sure you get to Naples for some of the best pizza in the world.  A simple Margherita pizza will only cost you around 6 euros, and it will be the best pizza you’ve ever tasted.

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  2. You know I always thought when I went back to Italy, I would go back to Florence. But now I’m thinking Positano. Simply beautiful!!

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