Devin and I got married right in the beginning of my dietetic internship. So, we decided to go on more of a mini-moon at the time, and save our wedding money for a big trip for our anniversary. The wait was definitely worth it. Neither of us had ever been out of the country, so we decided it was time to see the world. Our two-week trip included Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast and Rome in Italy, as well as an unforgettable week in Santorini, Greece.
Here’s a summary of the first leg of our trip: Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
Day 2 – Naples and Sorrento
You may have noticed that I skipped a day. That’s because day 1 was spent entirely on an airplane! Nothing interesting there, unless you want to hear about how much sleep I didn’t get and what movies I watched. I say we just move on to the good stuff.
As soon as we landed in Naples, our driver (fancy, right?) took us to the most beautiful winery in the foothills of Mt. Vesuvius for lunch and wine tasting. We were jet-lagged and had that “I don’t know what to do with my hands” feeling at first, but it was the perfect welcome to Italy. We had fresh bruschetta, bread, salami and Parmesan cheese as appetizers, followed by a huge plate of spaghetti. We both thought the plate of appetizers was the meal, so we were already full, but there’s no turning down food in Italy. Oh, and then there was cake. It was all so, so wonderful.
After eating, drinking, and taking a short tour we made our way down the coast to our hotel in Sorrento. It was a beautiful drive, although I had to enjoy it on my own because poor Devin passed out almost as soon as we left. Hello, jet lag! We took another much-needed nap once we got settled into Hotel Conca Park. The rest of the night included mostly wandering and gelato, because…priorities 🙂
Day 3 – Positano, The Path of Gods, and Amalfi
Devin and I agreed that this day was probably our favorite day. Don’t get me wrong, every day was amazing in its own way, but for a reason that I can’t really explain, this day was perfect. Maybe it was because the bus ride from Sorrento to Positano on the Amalfi Coast Highway was breath taking and terrifying at the same time. Or, maybe it was because Positano is a town built straight from a dream.
Surely it wasn’t because we hiked up 1700 stairs (no, I’m not exaggerating) to the most charming little town of Nocelle, and the beginning of the Path of Gods trail.
Shaky legs aside, I would recommend taking the stairs to anyone able. There are plenty of places to take a break and take in the view (the first picture of Positano was taken on one of our many breaks). Once you get to Nocelle, 1. Channel your inner Rocky and 2. Take on the Path of Gods. We only planned on walking a small part of the trail because uh duh, we just walked up 1700 stairs. Our plans changed because once we started we couldn’t stop.
There are a few different ways to go about this hike. We hiked from Nocelle to Bomerano, and then took the bus down to Amalfi. Obviously, it was well worth a few hours of hiking (it was around 4 miles from Nocelle to Bomerano). We grabbed pizza in Amalfi, looked quickly at the famous Duomo, and rushed back to the bus to go back to Positano so I could shop for the region’s famous handmade sandals before catching the last bus of the night to Sorrento. I will admit that was a handful of stress just for some sandals, but it all worked out and we did not get stranded. Plus, we were making memories, people!
I feel like I should admit that I almost (ALMOST) shed some tears on this perfect day, but I had good reason. First let me tell you that Positano is buit into a cliff. You climb stairs to get everywhere. I’m telling you, the people who live here have calves of steel. So, after climbing 1700 stairs, hiking 4 miles, waiting an hour for a bus we weren’t sure was coming, and rushing around Positano for shoes, I reached my breaking point when I remembered that the bus stop was at the top of Positano. More. Stairs. Did I mention that we had to run to avoid missing that bus? See. Good reason. But remember, I said I ALMOST cried. Because this day was perfect.