I finally have wifi again!!!! Yay!!!! Time to catch up on some blogging. So, a few weeks ago we decided to hire a private driver for a quick one day tour of the Amalfi coast while the weather is still nice. To be honest, my husband does not handle driving here very well. Most drivers are pretty aggressive to say the least and he takes it all way too personal. In order to keep our first family trip going smoothly, we forked out the dough for a guide.
Our driver picked us up promptly at 9am and we headed to our first stop, Sorrento. Sorrento is beautiful! I definitely plan on returning to do some fun touristy shopping before we leave Italy. While it’s technically not on the Amalfi coast, its a common tourist destination and rightfully so. The kids loved all of the lemon flavored and scented items for which the city is famous including; candies, soaps, limoncello (don’t worry… they didn’t get to sample that), etc.
Although cannoli aren’t a traditional desert here on mainland Italy, we passed a wonderful bakery and decided to stop for a treat. I can’t pass up a good cannolo. The girls snacked on a couple yummy cookies and the sweet bakery owners swooned over the girls with the kindness we’ve come to love and appreciate from the locals. It makes traveling with kids so much easier when everyone wants to tell them how “bella” they are and kiss their heads. The adoration and patience for children is most definitely one of my favorite things about Italian culture.
Our next stop was the world famous Positano! I loved how this little town is perched on the side of the cliff. The walk to the beach was down a bunch of gorgeous little alley ways passing shops, restaurants and bars (the Italian word for cafe). The beach at Positano is very small but the view is nothing short of incredible. Unfortunately, our visit seemed to coincide with a cruise ship shore excursion so the crowds made everything a bit more difficult. If we decide to return I definitely think I’d plan trip for winter or early spring since I much prefer a less crowded experience.
Our last stop on our tour was the city of Amalfi. This was by far my favorite stop just for the duomo. Wow! Such incredible architecture. Even the girls enjoyed touring the stunning la cathedral di Sant’Andrea. The ceiling of the crypt was so ornate and beautiful that I don’t think there will ever be a photograph taken that does it justice. There are just some places you see in your life that give you immediate goosebumps and for me this was one of them.
We had a wonderful day exploring the gorgeous Italian coast but there are a few tips I can share if you head this way.
1) Overall my biggest tip for visiting the Amalfi coast would be do not do it all in one day! We felt rushed and could have spent a day in each town to really be able to enjoy it leisurely. For us, it was no big deal because we can take the 1.5 hour drive down for day trips on the weekends but if you’re coming in from out of country plan to spend at least 2 or 3 days enjoying the coast. There are many other gorgeous little towns that we didn’t even get to visit including Salerno, Ravello, Furore, Atrani, etc.
2) Most places in Italy are kid friendly because Italians LOVE children. However, this was not a trip my kids particularly enjoyed. If you’re traveling with small children the number of stairs can be very difficult and there is not much for them to do or enjoy other than the beaches which are very small rocky. Next time we head down we’ll be hiring a babysitter to hang with the kids so we can enjoy amore adult experience.
3) The Amalfi coast is not walking/driving friendly. Having a driver did come in handy. There are lots of curvy dangerous roads filled with tour busses, one way entrances, and not many side walks or pedestrian only roads. Definitely be cautious and aware of your surroundings at all times and I’d recommend taking a bus or hiring a private driver if you’re not familiar with the area.
Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our Amalfi adventure!