Last week we shared the first half of our Italy Recap. If you missed all the beautiful sights (and eats!) from Venice, Verona, Lucca, Florence, San Gimignano – you can read up on them here. I have to tell you though… we’ve saved the best for last.
Our second week of Italy was spent in Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri and Rome. Our absolute favorite days were the ones we spent in Amalfi and Capri. The views were outstanding, and the food was beyond amazing.
On the day we went the day we went to Pompeii it poured. It was so cool to see the city of Pompeii, but we definitely missed out on a lot. It was thundering and lightening so we had to cut our tour a bit short out of safety reasons (and the fact that we were completely soaked). We had an early night because we knew we had to get ready for an awesome day in Amalfi.
The next day we went got out a special van to take us through the Amalfi Coast. The roads are so small and curvy that only special drivers can take you on them. Our first stop was in Positano. It was raining in the morning, so it was a little dreary but we still were able to shop and stop at the beach. Seeing all the beautiful houses on the mountains was so cool!
After visiting Positano, we made our way to Amalfi. My family is from Amalfi, so I was so excited to visit the town that my Nonnie was from, and meet some of my cousins. We had free time to roam the city, enjoy a fabulous lunch, and see the famous St. Andrews church. The church was one of the most beautiful ones that we saw in Italy. Positano & Amalfi were our favorite stops on the tour. It was so beautiful!
The next day we set off early in the morning from Sorrento to head to Capri. Capri was just as beautiful as Positano and Amalfi. When we arrived we visited the Gardens of Augustus and took a bus up to the very top of the island to Anacapri. We had an absolutely stunning view of the Amalfi coast, and the water was absolutely beautiful. After exploring for the day, we took the a boat tour around the entirely island. Unfortunately we couldn’t go into the grotto’s because the tides were too high, but it was still fun to cruise around the Island. When we went
We had one free day while we were in Sorrento, and we used it to wander all over the town. There are so many small shops in Sorrento with food, souvenirs, clothes… you name it! I loved buying fresh fruit as we were walking from all the fruit/veggie stands.
For lunch we went to a very small trattoria at a marina that our tour guide had recommended. It was only a 20 minute walk from our hotel, but we wound up getting lost and walking for almost an hour, so by the time we arrived we were starving! The restaurant was super tiny and right on the water, but the food was the best thing we ate in Italy. We had caprese salad for an appetizer, gnocchi and linguine with mussels. The gnocchi were UNREAL! After lunch we walked along the water in the little marina and collected sea glass. We walked back a different way that we had walked there and found some great shops that we hadn’t seen before.
Our last few days were spent in Rome. On the way to Rome we made a quick stop in Santa Maria for coffee and warm sfogliatella. They owners of the cafe made the pastries fresh for us so they were loaded with delicious orange filling, and were warm and crispy when they served them to us. For lunch we had the best Caprese salad made with real buffalo mozzarella. If I could eat this everyday I totally would!
Our first day in Rome was Spent at the Vatican. We had a great tour guide who took us through and explained pretty much anything we could’ve wanted to know. We were there for around 4 hours, and saw all the main sights like Raphael’s room, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. I loved visiting the Vatican, but it was a very long day and extremely crowded.
Our second day in Rom consisted of a walking tour that took us through the city, with stops at the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Colosseum, and Piazza Novena. There were a lot of street vendors in Rome, and we got roasted chestnuts in the middle of the day. They were the perfect snack!
The next day we packed our things, boarded the plane in Rome, and headed back to the United States. I’m STILL wishing we were there.
We’re making a list of places to visit next. Any suggestions?? 🙂