Travel Throwback: Amalfi Coast
Travel Throwback is a series of blog posts based on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise that I took with Mike, my mom, and my brother aboard the Celebrity Equinox back in August of 2011. Back then I wasn’t blogging about my travel but luckily I kept a journal and took a LOT of pictures and I can’t wait to share!
August 28, 2011
After a day at sea we were all well-rested and ready for our last stop on this amazing cruise – The Amalfi Coast. Since there is so much to see along this beautiful stretch of Italian coastline we decided to go with a tour that would take us to Capri, Sorrento, and Pompeii. Our cruise ship docked in Naples and we boarded a small boat that took us on a very choppy boat ride to beautiful island of Capri.
The brightly colored boats and buildings gave us our first glimpse at the beauty of Capri before we boarded the funicular train that took us up through the lemon gardens to Capri’s Piazzetta or “little square”. The views at the top were gorgeous and definitely worth a stop for a photo-op!
From the Piazzetta we walked along the old cobblestone streets and made our way to the @Gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto). Not only is the garden itself beautiful, but the views here were breathtaking. The steep cliffs and the blue sea below are simply stunning; like Santorini, it’s the kind of image you see in travel magazines but never imagine seeing for yourself in real life. We strolled through the garden and snapped tons of photos before making our way back to the Piazzetta, grabbing some freshly squeezed lemonade and stopping at famed perfumery Carthusia on the way.
We would have loved to spend more time exploring Capri but we were on a tight schedule and needed to make our way to our next stop – Sorrento. Sorrento is another gorgeous town with bright buildings, lush greenery, and narrow streets and alleyways that you could get lost in. After enjoying a nice lunch with our tour group we had a short amount of time to explore. We stopped in to a few of the small shops and then found a popular gelataria where we indulged in a few of their interesting flavors before hopping on a bus and heading to Pompeii.
Our final stop of the day was at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. The city was mostly destroyed and buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and they are still working on the excavation of the city to this day. We first stopped at the famous cameo factory here before entering the ruins. At this point I was completely exhausted and was ready to call it a day, but I’m glad that I soldiered on. I would definitely recommend a tour guide at Pompeii as there is so much to see but no signs or descriptions of what you’re looking at. The number of artifacts they have been able to uncover here is very impressive, but some of them are a bit on the eerie side. For example, they created plaster casts in the empty spaces in the ash that once held human bodies so you can see the positions they were in when they died. Definitely creepy, but interesting nonetheless.
We had a long day on the Amalfi Coast but it was the perfect end to this once in a lifetime vacation. We made our way back to the ship and enjoyed one last dinner onboard, complete with plenty of buttery, garlic drenched escargot, as we sailed our way back to our Rome. This was definitely a very active vacation but it was a great way to see a ton of beautiful places in a short period of time. We were able to cross several items off our bucket lists while figuring out where we want to return to in the future-I’m looking at you Santorini! I hope you’ve enjoyed my travel throwback series, and if you ever have the chance to explore the Mediterranean it’s definitely a chance you don’t want to miss!