the amalfi coast
we spent 10 days on the beautiful amalfi coast. i absolutely adored every second of it. it is everything you imagine it to be. we saved a lot of money staying at an air bnb that happened to be conveniently located directly above a 5 euro woodfire pizza restaurant.
the town we stayed in was called minori, away from the hustle and bustle of amalfi only 5 minutes by car. i loved that after a big day of driving and sight seeing with tourists everywhere we could come back to our quiet little oasis.
A DAY IN POSITANO
we drove our rental car to positano for the day (little tip make sure you request a compact. driving is really tight and stressful and we struggled with the big family station wagon they gave us). we parked all the way up the top and walked down through the town towards the beach. it was ridiculously beautiful. we had lunch on the water where we finished with a shot of the famous limoncello, took photos and browsed through all the little shops. mentally prepare to do lots of walking when visiting the amalfi coast but it's a great way to balance all of the incredible food and drink you will find around every corner.
HOTEL SANTA CATERINA
so it turns out the owners of our air bnb property were associated with the incredible 5 star hotel santa caterina, which meant we had full access to the hotel pool and facilities during our stay! we spent a day there and it was so much fun. we felt pretty fancy and took advantage of the complimentary sicilian olives and fresh fruit while we hung at the cliffside pool all day.
one morning when driving felt like way too much, we decided to catch the bus to amalfi. on the way home we noticed a beach that we would have missed in the car because the bus seats are so much higher. it looked perfect so we decided we would go there the next day. jumping off the bus we walked for about 10 minutes and found a narrow set of what felt like a thousand stairs that led down to the crystal clear water. there seemed to be only locals laying on the rocks and tanning. there was also one old italian papa running a tiny canteen and chair hire. it was such a simple and beautiful way to spend what was maybe my favourite day on the amalfi coast.
we spent a day in beautiful ravello. we took our rental car and drove up into the mountains. ravello sits about 365 meters above the sea so the view when we reached the top was spectacular. it is a beautiful little village filled with a nice variety of local handcrafted goods, lemon trees (for all the limoncello they make), old buildings, restaurants and lots of hidden windy pathways. the one we chose took us to an organic veggie garden and restaurant with a view of the mountains and ocean that we took in while eating the most delicate ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers. ravello is a must do if you visit the amalfi coast. there's a cooking class i want to do next time i go there.
all photos by me and anders