Next we drove from Rome to The Amalfi Coast. We stayed in Sant Agnello, near Sorrento for 3 days. We stayed at another apartment with a gorgeous view called Casa Vienna. The lady who owns the three-bedroom Bed & Breakfast – Vienna – was an absolute DOLL! I would recommend her to anyone who wants an Italian B&B type of stay. She is a local of Sant Agnello and knows the Sorrento area very well. She’s clearly also very popular since our Taxi driver knew exactly who were talking about without even having to give him our full address – they went to school together. Clearly a small town. This was by far the most exciting leg of our vacation and my favorite. These were the days we spent on the water – my favorite place to be!
On the first day we took a ferry from Sorrento to Capri Island. We went on a boat tour around the city where they explained some of the history, talked about some of the legendary monuments and notable structures on the island and we took a swim in the famous Blue Grotto – one of the natural wonders of the world! In order to get into the Blue Grotto we had to get into these tiny little boats small enough to fit into the 3-½ -foot wide cave opening and lay completely flat. To be honest it was quite scary since there were a bunch of boats that looked like they weren’t going to make it. Once we were inside it was absolutely gorgeous and the water was so cool and refreshing.
Side Note: The Roman Emperor Tiberius used The Blue Grotto as a private bathing pool when he retired to Capri. He was known to take his visitors and sexual liaisons to the Grotto regularly.
On the boat tour we saw the Statue of the Little Boy of Capri, a little boy that waves at passing boats. Legend has it that if you don’t wave back to the boy on the hill you will have bad luck.
Near by Villa Tiberio, Emperor Tiberius’ main residence (one of his 12 Villas on Capri island), It is rumored that Tiberius who enjoyed sex with Virgins, would take them to the top of the cliff, have his way with them and then throw them off to their death. Quite deep 😦
After taking in such beauty it was only right that our tour guides made us suffer a little. We took a deathly 45-minute walk up from the port to the city of Capri. Even though we were out in the blazing sun it was well worth the Granitas (a slushy like drink with or without alcohol – ours had plenty, lol) we had waiting for us at the top and a great way to burn off some of the pasta and pizza we were about to consume while in Italy.
We had lunch in the small town of Annacapri at a local restaurant and did a little exploring. All the small boutiques that weren’t selling tourist souvenirs were beautiful! The local handmade products are really amazing but nothing beats the Limoncello!
We went to a cute Limoncello store to do a little tasting and also pay a visit to a guy who makes beautiful handmade slippers.
After a little drink and a little shopping we took a chairlift to the top of the island to get the best views! It took about 10 mins up and then you have the option to walk down or take he lift back down. Needless to say the view was breathtaking!
We spent our second day in Positano, which is famous for its black sand beaches. This was a very chilled day – literally. The first part of our morning on the beach was spent in the rain! However, the sun came out and we got to lie out on the beach and go on a boat ride where we swam in open caves and the brave went cliff diving. I’m not that brave and so happy about it! Apparently the boat driver wasn’t aware that people should only cliff dive off of the first level and there ended up being a lot of bruising and some minor injuries to some other girls who were there at the same time as us. Thankfully everyone was fine in the end though.
We had lunch on the beach and played Kings Cup – the Panini’s from this little sandwich & wine shop were so good! I had a spicy salami, tomato, mozzarella and pesto basil Panini. The fact that I can remember exactly what I had proves my point!
On our last day we drove to the City of Pompeii. Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples. The city was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Almost 1,500 years later the site of the city was uncovered by Spanish engineers trying to build a canal through the area but were interrupted by the city’s existing structures.
Even though some major parts of Pompeii were closed off for reconstruction and maintenance, we got to see most of it. The City had a beautiful vineyard, its own amphitheatre, several local baths, a very large forum (market place), a port and of course… a brothel.
Pompeii has since been preserved and serves as a local attraction. The ash from Mount Vesuvius acted as a cast for much of the city allowing tourists to see original fresco paintings on the walls and even some bodies that were preserved by the debris from eruption.
After Pompeii we drove to our next destination – Florence. Part 3 Coming up!