Happy Valentine’s Day!
It’s only fitting that today I’m posting on the most romantic place in Italy: the Amalfi Coast.
After our day trip to Capri, Greg and I took a ferry to Sorrento and then had a driver take us to Positano. We arrived late in the evening, so it wasn’t until the next morning that we were able to appreciate the true beauty of Positano as the sun rose over the water.
Our bed and breakfast had the most magnificent terrace and it was the perfect place to watch the sunrise.
It was so perfect that we opted to have our breakfast outdoors as well.
After we ate, the same driver picked us up for a drive along the Amalfi Coast. Before our trip when I told people where we were going, everyone responded with words like “stunning,” “gorgeous” and “beautiful” to describe the coast. So I was expecting it to be pretty. But I was shocked at just how incredible the drive truly is. It is magnificent. These pictures don’t even do it justice!
Many tourists, when traveling the Amalfi Coast, rent a car and attempt to do the drive themselves. You absolutely should not do that, and instead should hire a driver! The roads are only narrow enough for one car, and locals know where along the road it’s safe to pull off to let other cars pass. Tourists just don’t know this, and our driver told us stories about how people have gotten stuck and have stopped traffic for hours. You don’t want to be that person! Just hire a driver and enjoy the experience.
Plus your driver will be able to tell you stories about the locations you pass and will be able to point out hidden treasures you may have missed on your own.
We stopped on the bridge over the Fiordo di Furore, the famous picture-perfect secluded beach.
And on the other side of the bridge is where they host the Mediterranean Cup High Diving Championship. Can you imagine diving into the water from here?! Crazy!
We then continued on our journey, ending up in Ravello. There we went to Villa Cimbrone which is now my favorite place in Italy!
The villa’s gardens are beautiful, even in the winter.
But the real draw are the views from Villa Cimbrone’s Terrazzo dell’Infinito (the Terrace of Infinity).
Greg and I got to the villa right when it opened, so we had the entire place to ourselves for the first hour we were there. It was absolutely magical standing on the terrace with only the sounds of nature and the water as a soundtrack while we took in the glorious view. It was one of the most special moments I’ve ever experienced.
We just didn’t want to leave! If you’re planning a wedding or an elopement or even just a party in Italy, this is the place to do it!
It took everything we had to pull ourselves away, and we reluctantly got in the car and headed back to Amalfi, the coastal town that gives the Amalfi Coast its name.
If you only see one thing in Amalfi, it should be the Duomo di Amalfi / Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea (the Amalfi Cathedral). It towers over the town and is the most significant building in its skyline.
From the steps you can have a birds-eye view of the town.
And get an up-close look at the cathedral’s architecture.
Make sure you take some time to explore the inside. Like all Italian churches, the Amalfi Cathedral is incredibly ornate with artwork and gold details everywhere you look.
But more importantly, while you’re in Amalfi you MUST eat pizza at Ristorante da Maria! While we had good pizza in Naples, this is where we had the BEST pizza in Italy!
The Pizza Margherita may look ordinary but it tastes anything but!
After stuffing ourselves with pizza we headed back to Positano.
Where we hung out on the beach for a little bit.
Despite its splendor, the Amalfi Coast doesn’t have beautiful, white-sand beaches. Instead there are a lot of pebbles, and it’s not the best sand to lay out on. So I guess we’re lucky we visited in the winter, since it was too cold to tan anyway!
If you’re wondering what to eat in Positano, these are my top recommendations:
The strawberry dessert at La Cambusa is fabulous, and is my favorite dessert that I’ve ever had in Italy. I don’t remember exactly what it’s called, so just ask for “il dolce con fragole.” And as a bonus, La Cambusa is right on the water so you’ll have gorgeous views while you indulge!
I also recommend anything with lemon. Fresh lemons grow everywhere in this part of Italy, so any dish flavored with lemons is sure to be good. We had fish with lemon sauce and it was fantastic!
And the lemon-flavored gelato wasn’t bad either!
I love pasta, and I love seafood, but for some reason I don’t love pasta and seafood together. But Greg does, and he had bowls and bowls of Pasta Alle Vongole during our trip. So if you’re ok with the combination this is the best place to find fresh seafood pasta!
We ended our day back on the terrace, waiting for the sun to set while talking about the incredible experience we had just had.
It was my favorite day in Italy.