I first fell in love with Italy three years ago after spending a few days in Roma, this time I was back to experience Italy like a local and spend almost a week on an organic lemon farm just outside of Sorrento.
My Italian holiday started in Naples, which is well known for its Pizza! After visiting Pompeii I really wished I had spent more time in Naples so, I could visit the Archaeological Museum which is home to an outstanding collection of pieces from ancient Rome, as well as stunning mosaics and murals discovered in Pompeii. If I am being honest, I'm not actually a huge museum goer as I prefer nature and architecture over wandering around a museum for hours on end however, I feel this really is a must do if you plan on visiting Pompeii.
Oh well, there’s always next time!
Near Sorrento, there is a family run Farmhouse which, is part of the organic farm which dates back to the 1500’s! I got to spend five (5) nights with Luigi and his family where, I’ve never been so well looked after on a trip before, they made me feel at home and my dietary requirements (Gluten & dairy free) weren’t any trouble! Being Coeliac can make travelling stressful especially to a country that is all about Pasta, Pizza & Cheese! Natasha, Luigi’s wife made sure that I didn’t miss out on anything and I spent the week eating the most incredible Pasta, Gnocchi, Pizza and desserts - I didn’t want to leave!
On my first day we did a famous walk called Sentiero degli Dei, "Path of the gods", which is a breathtaking mountain path over the sea that takes you from the town of Praiano to Positano in about 3 hours including, picture stops. The path is reasonably easy to walk however, there are 1500 steps at the end which is most definitely a good workout!
Positano is a beautiful seaside town along the Amalfi Coast which is well known for its narrow streets lined with boutique stores and cafes. If you love linen clothing, this is the place to go shopping! Shopping not your cup of tea, head to the beach to lie on a beach chair and watch the boats pass you by.
Capri, the pearl in the Mediterranean, the island of love..
If you are after high end shops, super yachts and perfume, this is the place for you! I highly recommend hiring a boat & driver from Sorrento for the day.
Explore the White & Blue Grottos before heading to Capri town or Anacapri.
From the port you can either take the funicular (cable car) to Capri town or take a taxi, all the taxis on the Island are open-top and can fit up to 7 passengers! If you want are wanting to experience a more authentic less crowded side of the island take a taxi to Anacapri where you can get to Monte Solaro which is Capri’s highest point and as you can imagine offers spectacular views. Allow about 1 – 1.5 hours for the hike, or take the chairlift. The lift is just 12 minutes and you can take it up or down.
Amalfi is one of the most historic towns along the Amalfi Coast and was settled between 9th and 11th centery. The focal point of the historic center is the Piazza del Duomo, in front of the incredible cathedral. Surrounding the catherdral you will find boutique stores and quaint cafes.
I found Amalfi was one of the more expensive places to eat, if you are on a budget and not looking to dine in, I’d recommend Cuoppo d'Amalfi where you can buy local fish and chips in a cup.
My favourite part of Amalfi, was their paper - it is called “bambagina”, is a very thick, soft, elegant paper that is still appreciated by artists around the world.
Until next time…