I was finally getting married to the love of my life and nothing could top the excitement I had! Or could it? 😉
To be honest, the crazy travelhead in me couldn't stop jumping out of joy about having another reason to travel. 'Honeymoon', as they call it; 'an excuse to experience the exotic Europe', I called it.
After being glued to the Map of Europe (ahem, alright, the google map of Europe, though calling it a Map makes it sound so much cooler! *Smirk smirk*), and crossing off the list countries like Amsterdam (too cold by 'his' standards), Switzerland (too cliched) and Norway (too cold even by my standards), we zeroed in to Italy and Santorini Island in Greece as our D-Destination.
I resorted to researching and planning extensively for the trip. And all my hardwork paid off, as post trip, my husband, who wasn't a big fan of travelling earlier, now can't wait to go on our next adventure! :D
My day-wise itinerary of hand-picked destinations and a few curated tips are spilled across in this travelogue.
Our excited duo hopped on a flight from Delhi to Naples, which along with being a prominent industrial city of Italy, could profoundly be designated as the gateway to the glorious Amalfi coast. After landing at Naples international airport, we took a shuttle bus, which is available right outside the airport, to Porto di Napoli (Naples Port).
Tip 1: Let me drop the most important travel tip at this point. Cabs in Italy are super expensive, so unless you want to drain you pockets, resort to using public transport or your chirpy little legs! Italian public transport network is extremely convenient, economical and I might as well add, punctual.
The shuttle ride of about 30 minutes (we bought tickets on board) took us to the Port, from where we had a scheduled ferry departure to Sorrento, a town in the Amalfi coast.
Tip 2: Now I'm gonna tell you what made intra-city commute in Italy super duper easy! There's an App called 'Omio' (which I claim to be God-sent :P) through which one can buy train, ferry and bus tickets to almost all the Italian cities. We had pre-booked almost all of our intra-city commute by Omio (including the ferry ride from Naples to Sorrento), and not only we escaped the hassles of buying a ticket on counter, but also we saved a lot of Euros, as train tickets in Italy, just like flights, increase with every filled occupancy.
A 45 minutes crisp ferry ride took us to Porto di Sorrento (Sorrento Port). What more can I say about Sorrento than Enchanting! This little hamlet at one end of the Amalfi coast has pure magic in its air. On the first night, we strolled its ravishingly lit streets which made us feel that even though January was inching towards its end, a whiff of Christmas was still around. Both sides of the stoned road were adorned with pretty shops selling Lemon candies, Lemon biscuits, Limoncello (a lemon based alcohol) and a great variety of souvenirs to choose from. Our day ended with some Italian Pizza and sips of the tangy Limoncello.