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Jul 092013
 

Hi there! Welcome to the second recap post of my Italy vacation!

In case you missed it, yesterday’s recap focused on days 1 and 2, which were spent in Rome! Today’s recap will highlight day 3, which was spent driving down to Naples and seeing the Amalfi Coast for the first time. I have to say this one of the most amazing days of the trip!

Sunday

Sunday morning we were supposed to pack our bags and be downstairs at 10:00 am ready to meet our driver, Antonio, who would take us down to the Amalfi Coast.

Well, after drinking way too much and staying out way too late the night before, I received a shock when I woke up, looked at the clock, and realized it was already 10:00 am. I didn’t even set an alarm the night before! What was I thinking? (answer: I was thinking about the booze and the dancing at the bar, duh)

Anyway, Fabio and I were able to pack throw everything into our suitcases, brush our teeth, change clothes, and head out the door. So much for a run?! We were only about 10ish minutes late, but it was not exactly the way I pictured our morning panning out.

Ah well, alcohol gets the best of everyone from time to time.

The trip down to the coast took about three hours, so I happily spent the first 2 hours sleeping off my hangover in the back seat. This part of the drive was all pretty much boring highway, so everyone else slept too and I didn’t feel too bad. By the time I woke up, I was feeling much better and was greeted with this gorgeous view of Naples!

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I also couldn’t believe how populated Naples was, considering it’s located at the base of, oh I don’t know, a huge volcano that has already demolished entire towns (my Pompeii recap will come soon!).

It seemed crazy to me that so many people would live near such a dangerous landmark, but the people who live in these areas have all accepted this fact and just enjoy their lives by the water. They compared it to living in California, which I guess I can understand, but still, I don’t think you could convince me to live this close to an overdue-to-erupt-at-any-minute volcano.

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Nevertheless, it was beautiful to see! We stopped in Naples for a while to snap some photos and just enjoy the gorgeous view.

Here’s the gang!

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Me & my mom!

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After enjoying the view for a while, we hopped back in the car and drove some more, until we got to another scenic view.

I can’t remember which town this was (there were so many!!) but I think it might have been near Torre del Greco (if my stepdad is reading this maybe he will be nice enough to comment and confirm that haha!).

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I think seeing this view was one of the first times I realized how truly spectacular the scenery was going to be on this trip. The pictures do not even begin to do it justice. The combination of the steep cliffs with the blue bay was enough to take your breath away.

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This scenic stop had a cute little lemon cart where you could buy limoncello Italian ices. Holy yum! These were delicious. The Amalfi Coast is known for its lemons (you should see them! They are the size of melons!!) and this treat did not disappoint! I could easily down about five of these right now.

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After another few minutes we hopped back in the car, where we were driven to a lovely lunch location right on the water. I believe this little gem was located a bit northeast of Sorrento, but I can’t really be sure. Let me know if you’re interested in its exact location and I can check for you!

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The cliff and little port made for gorgeous scenery during a fabulous lunch of fresh fish and local Italian specialties. Yum.

I think this one of my restaurants from our whole trip.

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The view from our table! Hey Mt. Vesuvius! Please don’t erupt while we are on vacation here!!

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After lunch, we hopped back in the car (yes, the majority of this day was spent driving around, but I didn’t mind!) and drove to our final destination of the day: Amalfi!

As soon as we turned the corner past Capri, we could see the Amalfi Coast in front of us. It was, without a doubt, the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The roads twisted and turned like something out of a Fiat commercial, and each turn brought a new (and better!) breathtaking view. The mountains towered thousands of feet above us. The crystal blue water sparkled as far as you could see. I wish I could explain to you what this place looked like- but I’m afraid you’ll just have to go see it yourself someday. In other words: you must go there!! It was absolutely beautiful.

Eventually we made it to our hotel, which was right at the heart of downtown Amalfi. Our rooms had charming little balconies which faced both the mountains and the sea.

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Once we got settled, we enjoyed some wine by the water 🙂 It was a perfect way to wrap up the afternoon.

Then we walked the 12 steps back to our hotel (yep, the location was awesome!) and got ready for dinner! Here we are on our balcony!

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Then we walked up the hill to Hotel Luna Convento, an old convent that was converted into a hotel.

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The views, once again, were stunning! Our table was seated right on the edge of the terrace, so we had this lovely view during dinner.

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Ahhh, the man who took this one made it blurry 🙁 Oh well.

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Once the sun started to set, the view got even better (if possible) by all the little lights in the mountainside.

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So lovely!

Dinner was a lot of fun, and afterwords Fabio and I got some gelato to enjoy on the balcony. We had a lovely evening eating gelato, people-watching, and just enjoying life. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s so true!

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Question of the day: What’s the prettiest natural scenery you’ve ever seen?

 Posted by on July 9, 2013

  16 Responses to “Italy Recap: Naples & Amalfi!”

  1. Your pictures are gorgeous!! I am jealous! I am loving that blue lace dress, too! Apparently I really like your sense of style! 😉

  2. omg you don’t look hungover at all!!! Way to pull it together girlfriend!!

  3. Looks like you guys had a wonderful trip! You have the cutest outfits!!!!!!

    The prettiest natural scenery I’ve seen would have to be in Yellowstone. I work for Yellowstone General Stores so I spend quite a bit of time in the park but the views never cease to amaze me.

  4. This totally makes me want to visit Italy! I don’t know if I can pick between two places as far as scenery goes: the Canadian Rockies, or St. John in the USVI. Both with amazing turquoise water!

  5. So so pretty. I’ve never been before but it just looks amazing. I’ve been to Lake Garda in Italy and the scenery there was beautiful too, but no huge volcanoes or cliffs!
    Oops for sleeping in though haha. I bet that was a bit of a shock! I’ve done that before and you’re in such a panic. It’s amazing how quickly you find you can get ready haha.

    • Haha I know! I don’t know why I can’t get ready that quickly all the time! Also, my dad has been to Lake Como in Italy which he says is really beautiful too!! Maybe one of those will be next on my list 🙂

  6. Absolutely gorgeous photos, Chelsea! I’d love to get to the Amalfi Coast someday. It’s definitely on my list! Those Mediterranean towns just carved into the seaside…surreal. Your family looks so stylin’ in all these photos! Did you guys plan ahead that you’d be going to some fancy dinners?

    I’d say the prettiest naturally scenic place I’ve ever been is either Hawaii, New Zealand, or camping somewhere out in the American West (Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, etc). Your blog makes me want to travel like, RIGHT now! 🙂

  7. I’m so jealous!!! I was lucky enough to visit Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii, the Amalfi coast, Pisa, Florence, and Rome when I graduated from college. I remember loving the historical aspects, but I really loved the small towns on the Almalfi coast and eating underneath huge lemons. I need to go back!!!

    • Yes!! It’s so gorgeous!! I have been to all of those places now except for Capri, although we did drive by it and see it from a distance. Next time that is definitely on my list!!

  8. WOW!!! This looks so amazing!! I did a day trip to Pompeii and Vesuvius when I went to Italy in HS, but we never got to stop in Naples. This all looks so beautiful!!

  9. Hi Chelsea! I know this was like two years ago, BUT I just found your blog today (loving it!!).

    “I can’t remember which town this was (there were so many!!) but I think it might have been near Torre del Greco (if my stepdad is reading this maybe he will be nice enough to comment and confirm that haha!)”

    It is sort of close to Torre del Greco, but this is Meta di Sorrento (next to Sorrento, like the name suggests, and it is also the beginning of the Amalfi Coast coming from Naples). This is where I went to the beach in Italy for the first time, AND the first time I went to the beach with my now boyfriend (we were getting to know each other at the time, he lives in Naples).

    I am IN LOVE with Naples and the Amalfi Coast. And I sure love Capri! <3

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