Take some time away from the hustle and bustle of the larger city life and indulge in some relaxing exploration of the coastal area. Go at your own pace – for us, we hit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello all in the same day and it wasn’t a problem for us.

Sorrento: In comparison to Naples, Sorrento is a great base to head to Capri Island and the Amalfi Coast. It has a small town charm and an abundance of dining options that are sure to please. It’s very easy to explore Sorrento, as there’s only one or two main streets really, and then the marina. While exploring, you’ll notice a theme of lemons everywhere… bottled lemoncello, lemon candy, and lemons growing on trees by the bus stop, you name it! You won’t want to miss my food and restaurant recommendations below.

Positano: From Sorrento to Positano, it’s a 40 minute bus ride. For the best view, sit on the RIGHT SIDE. I would recommend taking some Gravol as well since the roads are narrow and very windy. Take a walk along the Spiaggia Grande Beach and look up to admire the colourful structures playfully stacked on the hill. There are a lot of shops and art galleries to peruse too. Positano was my favourite village along the coast.

Amalfi: From Positano to Amalfi, get on the same bus and it’s another 40-60 minutes. Again, for the best view, sit on the RIGHT SIDE. Stroll the main square, explore the shops, and soak in some sunlight along the beach.

Ravello: If you still have time, visit Ravello from Amalfi. It’s a 15 minute bus ride to reach the inner hills. It’s a much smaller village but the main view of the houses on the hill is beautiful and really can’t be captured in a photograph.

Food Recommendation: Ever felt like eating in a garden? Try “Ristorante Parrucchiano Favorita” in Sorrento. This restaurant has multi-levels and is impressive just to walk through. The food was quite delicious as well. The only downfall would be the occasional bug on the table, since you are, in fact, eating in a garden of lemons haha.

Hotel Recommendation: We stayed at the 4-star B&B “Relais Villa Angiolina” in Sorrento. It was such a cute establishment, they even grew their own kiwis and lemons! The rooms were spacious, clean, and had that bed and breakfast feel to it. Even the name of our room was “Orchidea”, as opposed to a room number. The bathroom was large, the towels were uber soft, the toiletries provided were plentiful. The service was friendly, and the receptionist (maybe owner?) even remembered where we were heading for our day trips. The B&B was tucked away in a residential area close to the main Sorrento street, so it was convenient as well. They do not have 24-hour reception, however they have a security gate that’s activated with the room card. I would highly recommend Relais Villa Angiolina. It came out to $50 CAD/person/night.

From Sorrento, we move quickly onto Rome in Days 13 to 16. But first off, let’s go over Day 14 of Vatican City.

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Pisa & Lucca
Capri Island
Vatican City
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