Exploring The Amalfi Coast

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Hey beautiful people, I hope you’re all having amazing weeks! I’m currently in the picturesque area of Santa’Agata, Italy and I couldn’t be happier. There’s no questioning how much I love Italy. If I could spend a few months every year living and breathing the Italian lifestyle, I’d be one happy woman. There’s just something about the warmth of the people and their simple yet happy lives that connects with me. I’ve even come to enjoy an espresso or two, which for me (a non coffee drinker) is saying something. 

Over the last few days, I have been making the most of my time here, exploring the stunning areas of Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii and Capri. I’ve even been getting up at 5.30 every morning to catch the incredible sunrise. And I can assure you, that a few hours less sleep has been absolutely worth it.

Sorrento: Where To Stay

The majority of visitors to South Italy base themselves in Sorrento. But during peak season (which is usually when you want to go because it’s the best time weather wise) you can expect to pay an absurd amount for accommodation. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I love to stay in Airbnb’s when I travel, and when I was doing my research I came across one located in Santa’Agata, just outside of Sorrento.

The minute I stepped inside and saw the views from the living room, well, I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven. It is without a doubt, the most incredible accommodation I have ever stayed in. Not to mention how amazing my host has been, providing bus schedules and restaurant recommendations. 

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Transport

St Agata is only a 40 minute bus trip from Sorrento’s city centre and a one way ticket is less than €2. Flying into Napels, I got the CURRERI bus from the airport to Sorrento (€10 for a ticket, purchased on the bus), which dropped me out the front of Sorrento’s train station. From there, I changed busses to the SITA bus and headed to Santa’Agata. 

Where To Eat

For great pizza, and well of course pasta, head to Mimi’s. It has a cosy, family run feel to it, and the staff are incredibly friendly. They even gave me a free appetiser and some homemade melon flavoured limoncello. It was incredible!

Now if you want to head to where both the locals and tourists frequent, then a trip to Lo Stuzzichino is a must. The restaurant is extremely busy, but I had no trouble getting a table. During my visit, they had live music playing and the atmosphere was out of this world. Waiters were dancing on chairs, and at one point the whole restaurant was up on their feet (me included) dancing and clapping away to the tunes. Oh and the chocolate gelato here is sooooo yum.

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Positano: Getting There

Busses run regularly from Sorrento and Santa’Agata and a return ticket costing around €9, you can’t go wrong. The journey from Santa’Agata takes 40 minutes and the views of the Amalfi Coast are breathtaking. The drive up involves a long stretch of winding road, so if you’re prone to car sickness, I’d recommend taking something beforehand. The bus back from Positano is from a different locationt to where you’re dropped off, so just keep this in mind when planning your day. 

What To Do

Sun baking with the incredible backdrop of the world famous limestone cliffs and embedded houses should be at the top of everyone’s Positano to do list. One side of the beach is sectioned off with lounge chairs and umbrella’s that you can rent for €10, or you can do as I did and bring your own towel, soaking up the sun and relaxing on the free side.

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After getting my tan on, I wondered along the various pathways, stopping in all the cute shops selling everything from silk scarves and handmade paintings to hats and crockery of various sorts. I found that the closer the shops were to the beach, the more expensive the items were, so I waited until I was further away before making any purchases. Not too far from where the bus departs from, I found a shop selling beautifully designed cheese boards – which of course, I just had to buy!

Where To Eat

For THE BEST lemon sorbet, head straight to Covo Dei Saraceni. After hearing so many great reviews, I was beyond excited to give it a thorough taste test. Located by the pier, the cafe is situated next to the Covo hotel, and the best part, is that the sorbet is served in a cut out lemon!

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Pompei: Getting There & Tickets

Trains direct to Pompei depart from Sorrento’s train station, but be sure to get off at Pompei Scavi not Pompei. When it comes to purchasing tickets for both guided tours and general admission, ignore the locals holding “tour ticket” signs right outside the exit of the station, instead walk the short distance to the main entrance of the ruins and get your tickets from there. You’ll save yourself a few euros this way.

What To See

I decided to skip the guided tour and instead explore on my own. If you decide to do the same, just be aware that the area is huge. So huge that they’re still uncovering ruins today. Trying to navigate where I was on the map definitely took some skill, and quite a few times I found myself walking in circles, but despite this, the areas I did see were incredibly beautiful and it was such a surreal feeling to be surrounded by so much history.

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Capri: Getting There

I almost didn’t go to Capri. My original plan was to go to Amalfi but being a Sunday, the bus schedule to and from Santa’Agata didn’t allow me much time to really explore the area, so I decided to visit Capri instead. And I’m so glad I did! From Sorrento’s pier, a ferry across to Capri takes around 30 minutes and costs only €17 each way. I purchased my tickets one hour before departing and because my day trip wasn’t pre booked, I wasn’t able to choose what time I came back. I lucked out and managed to find availability on an evening ferry, but if you’re wanting to travel at specific times, I recommend booking your tickets a day or two in advance.

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What to do

Capri is a little slice of heaven. From exploring the winding pathways, to shopping local handmade items, taste testing limoncello and sitting by the bay, once you arrive you won’t want to leave. Well, at least I didn’t!

If you’re not afraid of heights, then take the chair lift to the top of monte solar for some seriously incredible views. You can also hike up, but it will take some time.

The beach here isn’t a, lay on the sand kind of beach, as it’s full of pebbles, but I was able to find a beautiful spot, where I sat with my book enjoying the sun and later having a quick dip in the turquoise water.

Where To Eat

Gelato became my obsession whilst in Italy and the place to go in Capri is Bar Grotta Azzurra. Three flavours for €3, it’s cheap and oh so delicious. 

After I devoured my gelato, I did a little shopping and found myself in chocolate and limoncello heaven. A place called L’Isola Dei Sapori, after the staff gave me multiple free tastings, I walked out with a bag full of goodies. The pistachio limoncello and the lemon rind chocolate were my favourite.

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25 thoughts on “Exploring The Amalfi Coast

  1. JC says:

    I would love to get to Italy, but especially to the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento and Pompeii are two of my top must-visits, but would love to see Herculaneum as well.

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  2. Jennifer Jane says:

    Beautiful photos!! I haven’t been explored the Amalfi coast yet but would love to someday. Italy has just some of the most amazing foods and I do love their gelato. I enjoyed reading your post!

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  3. Rajlakshmi says:

    Your travelogue is so inspiring… And pictures sooo beautiful. Makes me want to pack my bag and book a ticket. The place sounds so lively. Thanks for the tips too. Sometimes I feel really sad when beautiful places like these turn into tourist traps.

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    • Nerissa Templin says:

      Thank you! Yes, it’s a shame when places become too touristy, but I think as long as everyone visiting the area stays respectful of the culture and people around them then that’s the main thing. I found everyone to be super nice and really relaxed in this part of Italy.

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  4. Ruth says:

    I visited the area many years ago as a broke student and had doubts about visiting Capri because the costs involved to visit were out of my budget. In one way or another, I managed to go and had no regrets about my decision. The island is way too beautiful to miss. So, I cannot recommend a visit enough!

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    • Nerissa Templin says:

      And once you’ve visited those places, you’ll end up adding more and more of Europe to your list! Every time I tick one place off I end up adding two more, haha. I really hope you get the chance to visit one day.

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  5. Carly | FearlessFemaleTravels.com says:

    This makes me miss living in Italy! I always used to zip down to the Amalfi Coast for long weekends. If you’re in the area again, make sure to visit the island of Ischia – it’s like Capri but without the crowds (and with better beaches, in my opinion!).

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    • Nerissa Templin says:

      Oh my gosh, living in Italy, how amazing! I could definitely see myself doing that. How long were you there for? I know I’ll visit again, so big thanks for the tip. I will definitely check out Ischia.

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  6. Krysia says:

    I was just thinking about going here and this has made it a definite yes! It looks so beautiful! Do you ever travel alone, and who takes your photos when you do? Or are you always with a friend? I am finding that in my early 20s, having moved to a city where my disposable income is higher than my friends in London (and prioritising travel!!) I want to travel every other weekend and I will sometimes be going alone. Which is absolutely fine… but I wonder how all the solo travel bloggers get their amazing outfit photos haha. (On that note, you look incredible in all those outfits and I am wondering where you got that black swimsuit tucked into the shorts?)

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    • Nerissa Templin says:

      I couldn’t recommend traveling enough! I got to a point where I was no longer with my boyfriend who had been my travel partner for two years and have friends that aren’t as into travel as me, so I tried the solo thing, and at first I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I found that I did and it was easier and less scary than I thought. After my first solo trip, I then went on another with a girl I recently become friends with, but whilst on the trip, we were complete opposites and let’s just say I missed travelling solo. Now, I’m all for solo travel. I do heaps of weekend trips, because I work full time and it’s great. Oh and thank you about the pictures. In my previous comment I mentioned that it’s me taking my pics. Having a tripod makes it super easy to do so. My swimsuit is from Kopper and Zinc.

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  7. Krysia says:

    I had just decided I would visit the Amalfi coast next year and this looks sooooo beautiful that I’m definitely going to book it in!! Do you travel alone often and who takes your photos when you do? (Or are all your trips with friends)

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    • Nerissa Templin says:

      Majority of my trips this year have been solo trips. I used to travel with my boyfriend, but we’re no longer together. I take my photo’s myself, a process of setting up my camera on my tripod, pressing the 10 second timer and running into the frame before it goes off haha. Sometimes I get the shot first go, other times it may take me ten.

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