Moving to Italy has given us quite the travel bug. Everything is so close and so easy to get to, and usually pretty darn cheap. My travel bug has gotten so bad that if we have a long weekend and don't have an excursion planned, I get a little grumpy. How spoiled we are!
Once I knew we were moving to Italy, my friends started sending me list after list about places to visit, or the cultural quirks of the Italians. One of my favorites was a Buzzfeed list (sorry not sorry), 28 Towns in Italy You Won't Believe Are Real Places, and there were multiple towns on the Amalfi Coast with incredible pictures. My bucket list grew so much longer with that listicle, and I knew it would be one of the first places we'd have to visit.
Our Amalfi Coast trip was actually the first trip we took in Italy, and boy were we in for a treat. We basically got our car and a week later headed down south. Let me tell you one thing about Italy: the drivers are insane. And let me tell you another thing: The farther south you go, the crazier they get. The Naples area is actually known for some of the wildest drivers around, and had we known that, there is no way we would've taken our car. But we were clueless and naive and excited and somehow made it out alive, between the weaving Vespas, switchbacks up and down the cliffsides, ballsy bus drivers and laughable parking situations.
We spent a week on the Amalfi Coast, and decided we wanted to stay on both sides of the peninsula. I did not yet know about Airbnb, so we ended up doing the hotel thing, and stayed in a great hotel with stunning panoramic views in Sorrento, the Residence Le Terrazze. Our second location was a bit secluded and further from the action, but it was a charming bed and breakfast in a town above Positano, Casa Pendola, and was run by the sweetest Italian family that also had the cutest litter of kittens that obviously won me over.
We did quite a bit of exploring on our trip, and visited multiple towns, including Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Atrani, and Pompeii. My biggest regret is not taking a hydrofoil to Capri, but we had such a good time, I'm sure we'll be back down to the area someday. Our favorite activities included going to the beach and eating ice cream, shopping for linen shirts in Positano, eating seafood pasta and pizza, sipping limoncello after our meals and laughing at the gigantic sizes of the lemons that grow there. We also did a day trip to the city of Pompeii, which was destroyed by the impressive Mount Vesuvius (which is still active) in 79 AD. Neither Tyler or I knew how big Pompeii was — the archaeological site is literally a city — and it's such an impressive site to see. Tyler definitely got his nerd on.
But our favorite part of the trip just taking in the incredible architecture and way of life on the coast. It's a crazy place to live, with all the houses built into the cliffside — it's quite a vertical place and a beautiful one at that. The trip actually ended up being our honeymoon trip, as it was the first time we had been reunited since eloping, and it was a perfect place for that. Amalfi will always have a special place in our hearts for that reason.
Photos and text © Katie Currid & Tyler Jackson, 2015. All rights reserved.