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If you read last week’s post on getting around the Amalfi Coast, you’ll know that we had a HORRIBLE time getting there, but the beautiful views made it worth it! The water is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s pretty amazing to see all these pretty towns built into the cliff sides.
We had a little over two days to spend on the Amalfi Coast, but I would have liked to spend more because there were a few places we didn’t get to see. We stayed in Praiano because it was pretty central, and we took a day to see Positano and catch a ferry to Capri, and the next day we went to Amalfi. If we had more time there, we would have visited Ravello (which some of the locals also recommended) and Sorrento.
Because all the towns are built on the cliffs, there were stairs EVERYWHERE! I was mentally prepared for this because I had read a lot about the Amalfi Coast, but I wasn’t physically prepared! We got to our hotel, Hotel Villa Bellavista, after dark and after our terrible journey, and we had to hike down tons of stairs with all our luggage (which was loaded up with souvenir bottles of wine and grappa at this point in our trip). And once we got to the bottom to check in, we were told that our room was at the top where we had started from. At this point, we were so exhausted and grumpy, and we were struggling to make it to our rooms. Once we got there, we basically collapsed! So if you’re staying at the Hotel Villa Bellavista, just send one person down to the hotel to find out where your room is before you take all your luggage down.
It was a very cute and clean place, and the view from our balcony was so nice! (I’ll have pictures in my next post!) After dropping our stuff off, we went across the street for pizza at Che Bonta, and it was pretty good and the waiter was very friendly and helpful (I was too tired and hungry to take a photo of the pizza, sorry!).
After some hot showers and lots of sleep, we headed out the next morning to for a tour of Positano before getting on the boat to Capri. I had first heard about Positano from Barefoot Blonde’s posts about vacationing there and it looked like such a beautiful place! It’s one of the more expensive places on the Amalfi Coast (that’s one of the reasons we didn’t stay there), but it’s such a cute place to explore! There are lots of little restaurants and boutiques to browse, and there’s something to photograph at every turn. I couldn’t get enough of all the colorful buildings and that gorgeous water! Positano has a pretty nice beach, which not all of the towns do. Near our hotel in Praiano, they built a concrete “beach” on the water.
We got to Positano pretty early and slowly made our way down towards the beach, and after we came back from Capri that afternoon, we toured some more of the town and stopped by a restaurant. We were in Positano for only a few hours, and I would say that it’s enough time if you just want to see the sights because it doesn’t take long to walk through the town. If you want to do some shopping or spend time at the beach, half a day should be enough.
Aren’t the colors of the water stunning??
The Amalfi Coast is famous for their lemons, and I took some photos of the biggest lemons I’ve ever seen in some of the other towns we visited! They also have delicious tomatoes, so make sure you get some bruschetta while you’re there!
The roads are so narrow and curvy!
I loved all the mosaic domes along the coast!
The churches in the area were so beautiful!
The bar we wanted to go to wasn’t open, so we stopped by Hotel L’Ancora for some drinks and snacks and they were great!
We made sure we saved enough time to go to the bus stop, but the bus didn’t come for an hour! We asked a taxi driver how much it would be to drive a couple of miles to Praiano, and he gave us a really expensive price, so we waited out the bus with all these other people. The buses were decent overall, but occasions like that made it annoying.
We didn’t get to spend much time in there, but I really enjoyed what we got to see on our little tour of Positano. If you’re visiting the Amalfi Coast, make sure you stop by Positano for some beautiful views of the coastline! It’s definitely a must see in Italy 🙂