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Guide to Amalfi, Capri & Pompeii, Italy

Pushing past tourists in attempt to take the perfect money shot of Amalfi’s shoreline, the boat docked at what you would call a postcard view.Pebbled beaches, colourful cliff bound homes and crystal blue water – I had essentially jumped into my European Summer Pinterest board. Positano is my most loved summer destination to date. Here is my itinerary for anyone who is thinking of doing the same.

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During our trip throughout Italy, we compiled a GoPro video showcasing all our favourite moments – including Venice, Rome, Amalfi Coast and Pompeii. Fastforward to 2:33 if you want to jump straight to our adventures along the southern coastline of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula.

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Positano – Amalfi Coast

We resided in the beautiful, Hotel Vittoria in Positano. Here we booked a standard room which eventuated into everything and more than we originally expected. The place was so spacious and private, with stunning views of both the village and the sea. As you walk their designated path towards the beach, you’ll find Hotel Vittoria’s main restaurant perched on the edge of the cliff, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner.

Our most loved dining was the Rada Restaurant – overlooking the whole village of Positano. Built into the stone of the mountain, Rada has three levels. The first level is a ‘club’, and is the only nightlife you’ll find in Positano. Next level up is the luxurious restaurant, with prices to match. And finally the rooftop lounge has a live pianist and muddled cocktails to your fancy. If you’re taking someone special out, this is the place to be!

Finally, Positano shopping! Antica Sartoria has the most incredible, unique, one of a kind laced dresses, tops and skirts I have ever seen. Walking up to the Church there is a handmade sandal store where you’re able to custom choose your design which includes real leather and the highest quality of soles.

In a nutshell:

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Capri – Naples

If you head to the main dock in Positano you will see stalls advertising boat rides to Capri for the day. Drinks are all provided and 30 minutes after boarding you’re already on the island of Capri. The city was a lot bigger and full of surprises than I imagined. Docking the boat, we were advised to grab a taxi to the top of the mountain to Monte Solaro. Jump in, and climb up on the chair lift! For someone who isn’t fond of heights, it was well worth the view. Monte Solaro is the highest point of the island at 589 metres above sea level… If only it had been a clearer day.

After some lunch in the La Piazzetta and a stroll back down, we headed to see the famous Blue Grotto. Be prepared to pay a hefty price for a small amount of time in here – but it’s something I definitely recommend. Cruising around the islands we also had the chance to jump off the boat and go swimming in the crystal blue waters.

In a nutshell:

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Pompeii – Italy

The hidden city of Pompeii is something I will never forget and is a must for all in the Naples region. For those who haven’t heard; in 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius erupted, covering the entire city 4-6 meters deep with lava and ash. It wasn’t until 1,500 years later the city was re-discovered. For over 250 years now, it’s a huge tourist destination with walking viewings of the ruins, artworks, and what little can be made of the history of Pompeii.

We underestimated how big the city actually was, and opted for an audio tour. Although we saw a lot of the city and did a huge amount of walking (wear joggers), if we had a tour guide we would have seen more prominent areas and gained a higher personal insight. Regardless, the city is incredible and we were able to see casts of human and animal figures from the moment the lava hit the inhabitants.

In a nutshell:
  • Go early morning
  • Do a guided walking tour
  • Wear joggers
  • Don’t go to the cafe in the city of Pompeii!

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