Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Amalfi Coast!

This past weekend Sept. 12-15th I went to the Amalfi coast to visit Sorrento, Capri, Positano & Pompeii! Before coming to Italy I heard so much about how beautiful this coast line was and would admire pictures of it constantly-- so you can imagine how excited I was to finally be able to visit! We stayed in a hostel "Villagio Blu" in Sorrento and left for Capri friday morning. When we got there we took a private boat ride around the island, passing the Blue Grotto and going through the Dolce & Gabbana rocks. After the boat tour we hiked to the top of Capri Town. The views were amazing!

View from Capri Town

We then took a bus to the highest point of the island, Anacapri. One of the highlights of this area is the chairlift to the top of Mt. Solora. I was speechless when we got to the top! The Meditterean Sea went on for miles. From there we could see the Dolce & Gabbana rocks, the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius in the distance!
Down the chairlift!

Saturday we took a bus to beautiful Positano. We walked from the top of the town down to the black sand (well, rock) beaches. After stopping for paninis we got to snooze on the beach before taking a boat to go cave diving and cliff jumping! I jumped off the 20ft cliff- so worth the wedgie! My favorite part was being able to swim around in the turqiouse water! We took the boat the the cave which was also very cool! On the way back to our hostel we drove through the most amazing sunset overlooking the coast of Positano- the timing could not have been more perfect!
The cliff we jumped off!
Beautiful Positano

Sunday morning we left Sorrento to depart back to Florence and stopped in Pompeii on the way. Our guide for the tour of the grounds was 100% Neapolitan but lived in England as a boy so his accent was quite interesting. It was amazng to see what was able to be recovered from the damage of Mt. Vesuvius when it erupted in 79 A.D. Even the grooves on the streets from the chariots were still clearly visible. Even though we didn't have time to explore the city of Naples, I was happy to be able to visit the general area as part of my heritage originates from this area in Italy. The people just in the city of Pompeii were generally more friendly compared to people in the northern region of Italy.

Our very animated tour guide in Pompeii

On a side note, the semester has definitely started to pick up the pace! Even at HPU after syllabus week the semester gets busy right away with essays and late night cram sessions but studying abroad takes busy to a whole new level. While most everyone travels between weekends we have Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to get all of our homework, group projects, laundry, dishes, packing etc. done before leaving. Coming back from Amalfi this weekend and preparing for Switzerland this upcoming weekend while studying for a quiz and writing a research paper was a lot-- but it's all worth it to be able to see the world during our free time!

1 comment:

  1. Wedgie - how about heart attack!?! - good thing tua Mamma didn't know you'd be jumping 20 feet off a cliff into the Sea! Yikes!! Anyway, absolutely stunning photos, Reg! I'm sure pictures don't even begin to capture the true beauty of the coast! Fellow bloggers - I just realized the first pic is actually a video of the boat ride to Capri ... just click on it :) Regan, so happy you met someone from Naples - see, now you know why your Mom has such a sparklin' personality - it's the Neapolitano in me! HAHAHAHA =))) Love you darlin'!