I came back from Italy this past weekend after two weeks of travelling with my boyfriend. It was the most amazing and beautiful place, we visited 8 cities (including 1 island) over 13 days. We had a really jampacked itinerary so I thought I would share for anyone who is planning a trip there and needs a little inspiration. Enjoy x
Day 1-3: Sorrento, Amalfi Coast (Capri & Positano)
Catch a flight to Naples and get a bus from the airport to Sorrento from as little as €10. If you want to stay in the Amalfi Coast area Sorrento is a great base to get around and it’s breathtakingly beautiful itself. It has some amazing restaurants and bars and the views from down at the port of Mt. Vesuvius are like nothing I have ever seen before it didn’t look real. Make sure to take a wonder around the main strip and the narrow streets off of it and get lost in the long tiny streets filled with so many shops that sell everything from clothes, to wine and limoncello to homemade sandals. You can find anything in these shops. One restaurant I would highly recommend is Il Giardino Mediterraneo. Try the Carbonara, it’s the best you’ll ever taste trust me and the hospitality from the host and workers is incredible. They are so welcoming and give loads of extra food for your table to try.
While in Sorrento catch a ferry from Marina Piccola to Capri or Positano (or both over two days like we did). A ferry to Capri is only 20 mins and can cost a bit of money for a return ticket but it’s so worth it. You can pre-book tickets online if you want to beat the queues at the port. Once in Capri make sure to take a boat tour around the island to see some of the famous sites such as the Faraglioni rocks to the grotto’s and the famous blue grotto if you don’t mind waiting in the long queue to get in! These run really cheap and you can hop on one at any time while you are there or getyourguide.com have some good deals for this. After this make sure to take a trip up to Anacapri, the highest point of the island. From here you can take a chair lift up the top of the island for some amazing views or just walk around the museum grounds which are free and you will see views that are just as amazing. Grab some lunch and don’t forget to try a Limoncello cocktail, it’s delicious!
If you decide to head to Positano on your third day you can catch a ferry again from Marina Piccola and it will take from 1hr to 1hr30mins. Pulling into Positano is like a movie, its hard to believe you’re seeing that famous coastline right before your eyes. Hike up the town to get an even better shot of the colourful houses and shop the narrow streets on your way back down. Grab some lunch along the beach and relax for a few hours on the beach. Be aware that the sun loungers coast €25, we spent our day exploring, sitting by the beach and eating ice cream. You can also rent a boat on the pier if it’s something you’re interested in too but if not you don’t need much time in Positano. Head back to Sorrento each night for some nice dinner and enjoy the atmosphere along Via Corsa Italia.
Days 4-6 Naples & Pompeii
From Sorrento catch a train or ferry to Naples for a few days of exploring this beautiful city. Go shopping along Via Toledo you will find all kind of shops like Zara, Mango and Pull&Bear to MaxMara and other high end shops if you like that too. Walk along the promenade and see Castel Nuovo and the Royal Palace of Naples. You can see all the boats here and Mt. Vesuvius in all it’s glory across the water. If you walk along the promenade you could walk for about 6-7km taking in the view and there is a lot of restaurants along here too if you want some dinner with an amazing view.
On your second day in Naples head to Pompeii to explore the city that was once lost under volcanic ash and step back in time in history. If you are a history nerd like me and my boyfriend then you cannot miss this it was one of the highlights of the trip for us. We booked our tour with walksofitaly.com and we got the Campania express train from Porto Nolana in Naples and it stopped right outside the entrance to the city. Out tour guide Sonja was amazing I couldn’t recommend her enough or the company, she was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about everything that it made the day so much more enjoyable even if it was 35 degree heat! It’s crazy to hear and see things about Pompeii that you are not taught in school. Our tour was 3 hours and afterwards you were allowed wonder around yourself freely for as long as you wish to continue taking pictures. You can catch the train back to Naples for the evening and roam around or relax as you please.
Our last day we again just wondered around ate some ice-cream and did some more shopping and took some pics. We did do a tour of Castel Nuovo which was €6 each I believe and we spent about an hour there. We ate dinner along the promenade and headed back to back our bags to start our second week exploring.
Day 7-11 Sicily: Catania & Taormina
We caught a flight direct from Naples to Catania to start our Sicily adventure and we met Rafa’s cousin Daryl. We chose Catania because we got some relaxation in for the last few days while we were there but also got to see Catania city and Taormina which is a hillside town about an hour from Catania. On our first day we just wandered around Catania and visited the Piazza Duomo for a view of Mt. Etna and the entire city, it was incredible. We stayed up there for sunset and it was so peaceful and one of my favourite moments from the holiday. After this we went and got a bottle of Limoncello to drink at our airbnb and got ready to head for dinner. We went to Carlito’s and it was without a doubt the nicest mexican food I have ever had.
Our second day in Catania we were supposed to climb Mt. Etna but being the chicken that I am I backed out when I found out that it had erupted the week before so instead we went to Taurmina which was incredible and well worth the last minute decision. We got a private transfer there and back and spent about 5 hours there in total. We got to see the greek amphitheater, beautiful architecture and cute streets and lanes. It was very picturesque. We got lunch with an incredible view and then headed back to Catania for our last night in the city.
From the city we went to the beach for 3 amazing days by the beach, it was bliss after the hectic first week we had put down it was nice to just be able to relax and do nothing. It was around now that our feet started to hurt because they were finally getting a rest lol. We stayed at the NH hotel which had its own private beach area with sun loungers and it had a pool. These few days consisted of just going to the beach/pool relazing for a hours, going for lunch and then back to beach/pool for more relaxing and sunbathing before heading back to get ready for dinner.
For the last leg of our journey we flew from Catania to Rome. We would be in Rome for 2 days before flying home. We had both been to Rome on separate occasions so we both went knowing exactly what we wanted to see and knew we didn’t want to do any tours as we’d already done them. We went to see the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Trevi Fountain during the day and at night, Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. Between all this we also went shopping and Rafa brought me to get sandals made from a place called Oriani which are stunning and I love them!! If you want to book tours The Vatican is good but can be very long you may want to this yourself without a guide and the Colosseum is worth the visit too. Rome is one of my most favourite places in the world that I have been as has Italy as a whole. It’s an extraordinary country to travel and its enriched with so much history that we only wish we had one more week to do more.
That was how we traveled Italy for 2 weeks and I hope it helped anyone who is planning on visiting there, we’ve been home a few days now and already have the holiday blues. Make sure to follow our instagrams I’ll link them down below so you can see our highlights and pictures. I have also linked the restaurants I mentioned if you click on their names and the hotels etc. Thanks for taking the time to read! Kellie x
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