I have completely fallen in love with the Italian coast.
At the end of April the Mr and I headed to spend seven glorious days in Positano on the Amalfi coast of Italy. Before I had even set foot on the plane people had been telling me how lucky I was to be visiting Positano, so I had pretty high expectations of the Italian town. We spent our time relaxing on the beach, visiting neighbouring towns, wandering up and down the cobbled streets, drinking beautiful Italian wine with delicious fresh sea food and eating far too much ice-cream – psssst there is no such thing as too much ice cream! SO without further ado let’s get on with the post…
How To Get Around & Where To Stay
We took the two and a half hour flight from Gatwick to Naples where a taxi picked us up to drive us through the incredibly winding streets. You could hire a car if you’re a confident driver but the roads are crazy and some of the drivers even crazier so once you’re at your Villa I would highly recommend using public transport to get around plus there are multiple good taxi services should you need them. Bus tickets are around €2 each but they are only valid for one journey so if you’re breaking somewhere in between make sure you buy enough tickets. There are also ferries that leave multiple times throughout the day which can take you to the nearby islands as well.
We were staying in the Villa Casa Maria, the perfect location in the middle of the hustle and bustle but with beautiful undisturbed sea views. Set down a flight of stairs from the main road, close to all the local restaurants, shops and bus stops. It comes with 3 bedrooms (2 of them ensuite), a kitchen, living room and bathroom plus a 2 balconies with stunning views. It’s perfect for couples as well as the whole family!
Where To Eat
We didn’t have any bad meals during our holiday not even when we stopped off for a simple slice of pizza from a beach bar cafe or when we ate more pizza in the very touristy Pompeii – the Italians just don’t do bad food! We mostly ate at Cafe Positano; it was literally above our villa so was the easiest place to get to after a day of exploring and the food is phenomenal, I would highly recommend any of the seafood dishes as well as the delicious tiramisu on the dessert menu.
If you want to treat yourself then I would highly recommend dining at Da Vincenzo, the waiters are delightful, the organic rosé is beautiful and the food is delicious. It’s by no means Italian home cooking it’s very much fine dining but it’s worth treating yourself at least one night. Speaking of home cooking we actually cooked in the villa some nights – I say ‘we’, I mean the Mr! Just down the road from our villa was Latteria The Wine and Cheese Shop run by the loveliest family who provided us with many a tasty meal and very good wine! We would eat it out on the balcony watching the sunset and the lights of the town slowly turn on.
It’s practically the law when in Italy to eat your body weight in ice cream and Positano has one of the best gelato shops, Collina. New flavours every day, the best coffee ice cream I’ve ever tasted plus an amazing bakery selection. We often didn’t have dessert at the restaurant but would walk into the centre of town and get an ice cream before watching the sun go down on the beach.
Where To Explore
Positano itself has so much to see that we could have happily just spent the entire week wending our way through the cobbled streets peering into shops and lounging on the beach or ducking in and out of the slightly bizarre art galleries. I discovered something called Lemon Beer whilst we were exploring which is like a beer slushie, very refreshing and perfect when sipped next to the water’s edge on the beach. We took a morning hike up the ‘Walk of the Gods’ – it’s stunning, if a little treacherous in some places. Take a picnic and enjoy the views before having to do a long walk back down with a break at Bar Internazionale for a well earned pastry!
Just a short boat trip from Positano is the island of Capri. It is predominantly a shopping destination but definitely head for the Giardini di Augusto. The gardens, originally known by the name of Krupp Gardens, although small offer some of the most amazing views out over the ocean. We wished we had hired a boat for the afternoon but vowed we would on our next trip. It’s very much a morning excursion and then you head back to Positano for the afternoon I certainly couldn’t spend a whole day there despite how beautiful it is.
If you’re looking for a bit of history then it’s worth the journey to Pompeii. It’s busy no matter what time you go but so worth it. I had no idea how big it actually was so be prepared for a lot of walking (wear flats) and take a guide book because there is no information anywhere unless you are on a guided tour or have an audio guide which costs extra. It’s crazy to think that a whole city was completely wiped out yet preserved so well. We didn’t make it to Herculaneum but I’ve heard it’s just as amazing!
Another place worth a little morning excursion is the town of Amalfi, an hours bus journey away – the Emerald Grotto and Amalfi Cathedral are beautiful. There are a few museums that we didn’t manage to explore but you could certainly entertain yourself for a few hours!
I have completely fallen in love with Positano and I would definitely recommend booking a trip, April had perfect weather but if you love melting hot sun then I’ve been told that August is the time to go!
Have you been to Positano?