Having been to Europe prior to studying abroad, I really knew I wanted to focus mainly on seeing as much as Italy as I possibly could. I compiled a list of the places I wanted to visit and the Amalfi Coast fell at the very top.
Like I said in my previous post, Florence houses many great travel agencies geared towards American students. Two of my roommates and I decided to book our trip to Amalfi for the discounted price of about €200 with the company FlorenceForFun. I HIGHLY recommend traveling with this company if you’re studying in Florence. Especially if you’re booking a trip to Amalfi. Our guide was born and raised in Amalfi and really hooked us up on all the excursions throughout the weekend (considering he knew absolutely everyone in the area). They also have wonderful customer service and advised us to take our trip one of the first weekends in September so the weather was still great.
Traveling with these companies at such a cheap cost, you need to be able to endure long bus rides and lodging suitable for students. For the weekend, we stayed in the beautiful town of Sorrento. Our hotel was called Hotel Cavour. If you’re a student traveling on your own, this place is fine. But, my five-star mom wouldn’t be able to live off the lack of wifi and uncomfortable beds. But, the view and the breakfast every morning made it all worth it.
Day 1: Capri
We left Florence at 6:30pm on Thursday and didn’t arrive in Sorrento until about 2:00am Friday. Exhausted, we left the hotel at about 8:30 Friday morning to catch the hour-long ferry to the island of Capri.
In Capri, we paid €20 to do a “Booze Cruise” around the island and, as you can see, it was a blast.
I linked this outfit at the bottom of this post!
Unfortunately, during our boat ride, a storm aroused and we weren’t able to gain entrance into the Blue Grotto since the tide was so high. But, that just meant I saved €13 and got to go swimming instead!
My roommate captured this shot of me on my GoPro. Just look how clear the water is!
By the time we returned from our booze cruise, the weather had cleared just in time for us to go to a limoncello tasting outside of a local restaurant.
If you don’t have time to do a tasting, be sure to order limoncello at the end of every meal to cleanse your pallet!
After our tasting, we walked from the main piazza about 10-15 minutes to the Augustus Gardens. The cost was only €1 to get in, which is nothing for the views you get to see!
I’m so mad at myself for wearing my hair elastic around my wrist in this picture! That’s one of my biggest pet peeves!
Day 2: Positano
We started off our day by taking about an hour long bus ride through the hilltops to Positano. Being on a large coach bus and taking tight turns off the sides of cliffs was a slight panic attack for someone who is extremely afraid of heights. But, once we arrived in Positano it was all worth it.
Be sure to have comfortable walking shoes in Positano! Whether you’re planning on planting your butt on the beach all day or not- there’s a lot of up/downhill walking. I wore my Jack Rogers all day and unfortunately learned the hard way! 🙁
^^ I linked this outfit at the bottom of my post, too!
I’m obsessed with collecting local art from each place I travel. I bought a painting from this man pictured above and he threw in a print of a watercolor he did of his wife and dog- it was so sweet!
(The chick with her arms out was one of my suite-mates, Christina. Follow her life and travels over at SlightlyFunctional 🙂 )
After planting our bums on the beach for a few long hours, we did another “booze cruise” (yet, I actually refrained from the drinking this time around). This time was extra special. Our tour guide hooked us up with a more luxurious boat and brought us to some places to cliff jump!
Cool mosaic outside the Church of Santa Maria Assunta
We saw this couple taking their wedding photos and it brought a tear to my eye- they were so perfect.
Positano was nothing short of a fairytale. I hope one day I can return back here for my honeymoon. Everything about the hillside town is so romanticized and a thousand times prettier than the camera could capture.
Day 3: Pompeii
I was so excited for Pompeii because of my undying love for history. But, nothing prepared me for these ancient ruins. The size of the town is truly mammoth.
Unfortunately, there was pouring rain as well as thunder and lightning that day, so our time there was cut short. We weren’t able to get to Mount Vesuvius for that reason, either. But, definitely plan a full day there as well as a guided tour of the ruins if that is on your agenda.
The warm(er) weather this weekend is really teasing me. I’ll be in Florida for Spring break in a few short weeks. But, the tiniest bit of sunshine is really making me miss trips like this one.
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