The journey started and the most beautiful thing I noticed immediately are the orange and lemons trees grown along the roads. We came by various lemon and orange orchards too. The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of 50 km which runs along the ocean and is famous world-wide for its beauty. People say driving on this road is one of the luxuries of an Italian Holiday. The bus slowly took serpentine turns moving out of the town of Sorrento. The first glimpse of the ocean and you are mind-blown. You have only seen this in movies and in your dreams. Now, it is in front of you. How do you react to something like that? The bus kept turning around and we got glimpses of the ocean from different angles. Blue and still. The ocean sparkled like a sky full of stars. Pictures might give you an idea of what I am talking about.
Soak in the Blues in AmalfiTo get to Amalfi, I took a train from Rome to Naples, and then the Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento. Sorrento is a pretty little town, and great to base yourself, as it's right between Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, allowing you the option to visit both. I stayed 2 nights in Sorrento, and one in Naples.NOTHING can prepare you for the sight of the sparkling blue of the ocean as the road curves on the hill and the fun force of the coast hits you. The Amalfi Coast is beautiful, and I would happily have spent another 3 days there!Day 1 - Arrive in Sorrento Go to Positano beach. You can get a bus from the main town in Sorrento and you'll be at Positano in 45 minutes. The bus will drop you off on the road, so just find the nearest stairs and keep walking down, till you reach a line of shops and restaurants that eventually open up into the beach. No prior ticketing required here, you'll get a seat on the bus easy. Also, this is a PEBBLE BEACH, and I fell in love with it!Get dinner at Buca di Bacco. Positano is famous for lemon, so I'd recommend the Lemon Risotto here. I still dream about it (*droooooool*)..Day 2 - Pompeii Spend some time exploring the ruins of what was once a prosperous, bustling city, reduced to ashes by a volcanic explosion. They've got an exhibit with the ash covered bodies of those who died, in the exact position they died. It's eerie, and it also makes you reflect on how delicate life is!You can get your tickets in advance to avoid the serpentine queue that can extend till outside the complex, and I've got the link for you right here. This isn't the official ticket office, though. I got my ticket inside the park, at the official ticket office, and had to wait about 20-25 minutes in line.If you manage to finish looking at the ruins in time, hike up Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for destroying Pompeii. I booked a tour 5 minutes before it left at the office as I was crossing it! You can either get off at Ercolano on the Circumvesuviana train and hike up the mountain yourself, or find a tour operator like I did.I don't recommend buying a tour online, because it's ridiculously expensive and takes up 8 hours at the very least. There are a ton of tour operators in a row once you exit the Pompeii complex, and you'll easily find a suitable one.Day 3 - Naples I spent a day here, and honestly, found the city to be rather shady. My friend and I were followed by a random guy, and the vibe was so off that we wanted to get out. We did see some cool stuff though, and one of those is the underground! Naples as we know it today, is actually built right on top of the old Naples. So get down and see what the city used to look like! Also, the BEST pizza ever at Da Michele. Get here early and grab a token, else you'll never know what it tastes like. You can also check out Dal Presidente for their amazing slices.
Amalfi Coast and Ravello Breathtaking sights and lovely drive. All you will wish for after reaching here is to have a bagpack and a bike and nothing else in the world !
Day 10: Purchased tickets from the tabacchi and took a SITA bus towards Amalfi. We got off on the way at Furore Bridge, which is very picturesque with a small little beach down. Unfortunately, the path to the beach was broken or shut and hence none of the tourists could visit the beach. We clicked a few pictures and took the next SITA bus to Amalfi town. Walked through the streets of Amalfi, saw the cathedral there but did not go inside. We bought limoncello from there which is really nice and strong. We took a 4:20PM ferry back from Amalfi as we wanted to witness the entire coast from the sea and get a view of how Positano looked from the sea and it was indeed spectacular. We then headed to see the other quieter beach in Positano. We went back to the hotel, freshened up and went for our last dinner in Positano.