If you’ve been on Instagram… well, ever… you know that the Amalfi Coast is one of the hottest destinations in all of Italy right now. Heck, it might be one of the most popular spots in all of Europe! Those colorful buildings and gorgeous coastal views are constantly filling my feed and I couldn’t seem to get them out of my head. So when planning our trip, I knew this needed to be one of our stops!
On our way to Positano, we did a quick stop at Pompeii to stretch our legs. We hadn’t realized that it was Italian Liberation Day, which meant entry was free but also that it was overflowing with people! I’d love to return on a quiet day to soak in this historic location!
When we first arrived in Positano (we decided to stay here since it was right in the middle!), I felt a bit underwhelmed as we could barely even walk to our hotel down the one tiny street that was crammed wall-to-wall with people. But as the ships sailed out for the evening, I could easily see what made this place so magical. It almost felt as if you stepped back in time, in the best way possible, to the glam era of Old Hollywood. You could just imagine stars dining al fresco, watching the beautiful sunsets while drinking limoncello.
We stayed at the Buca di Bacco hotel, which was perfect for traveling with a child. It was right on the beach, so you didn’t have to walk very far to get to the best restaurants and shops. The view from our room was stunning and the entire staff was so accommodating.
Much to our friend’s dismay, we opted to drive ourselves to Positano and don’t regret the choice one bit! It’s really not super far down on the windy Coast and as long as you leave early enough, traffic isn’t an issue. If you’re travlling with a kid, I totally recommend it. Parking was expensive, but, really no more so than any hotel in the US (about $100 for four nights — not terrible!?). We did agree, however, that once we arrived we wouldn’t move the car; instead, we opted for a private transfer to take us to Amalfi and Ravello. Ravello, hands down, was our favorite as we got to explore both Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. I can just imagine how exquisite a wedding reception would be at one of these destinations!
On another day, we toured the small island of Capri by boat. I wish I could tell you more about Capri, but a fateful iPhone in the water incident (thanks a lot, Blue Grotto) sort of ruined that experience for us! It WAS stunning and I wish I had been able to explore more — it’s a super quick trip from Positano (about 30 minutes) and I highly recommend it! Just hold on to your phone :)
The rest of our time was spent relaxing — walking the streets, visiting small shops, and dining on the most delicious pasta (and pizza, I’m not fancy) I’ve ever had. Mornings and evenings were definitely our favorite time of day here, when the city was still quiet and you could explore at your leisure. Positano and the rest of the Amalfi Coast is certainly a photographers dream, so enjoy some highlights below!
If you missed it, you can view our travels to ROME as well!