Hello my fellow bookworms, you may have noticed it has been very quiet around here. Well that is due to the crazy wind-down to the school year, after which I almost immediately jetted off for a holiday in one of my dream destinations in Italy. I had an absolutely amazing time, so I thought I would share with you some of my photos and what I got up to.
Day 1: After a late arrival the night before, I awoke in my hotel in the pretty, coastal town of Vico Equense on the Sorrento Peninsula. After a short guided tour of the town with my group, I returned to the hotel for a day of soaking up the sun around their lovely pool.
Day 2: We got up early and boarded our coach for a drive down the stunning Amalfi Coast – stopping off at Positano, Amalfi and Vietri. On our longest stop off at Amalfi, I visited the awe-inspiring St Andrew’s Cathedral, got very messy eating chocolate gelato and took a cooling paddle in the sea.
Day 3: In the morning a thunderstorm rolled over, which I watched move over the bay towards Naples and Mount Vesuvius from the relative safety of our hotel’s leafy-covered terrace. In the afternoon the sun returned and I was able to enjoy time in and around the pool again.
Day 4: Another early start, this time to catch the train to the famous remains of ancient Pompeii. We spent a couple of hours touring the core area around the Roman Forum with our whole group, led by our wonderful speaker, Josh. Then in a smaller group I went off to see the amphitheatre, training ground, brothel and Villa Dei Misteri.
Day 5: We got up early and boarded our coach for a drive around the Bay of Naples – stopping off first at Mount Vesuvius. The coach taking us up to about 1,000ft and then we climbed the last, almost 300ft to the crater. After that we moved on to Naples for a guided tour of the opulent Royal Palace of Naples.
Day 6: As we were a large group we were able to charter our own boat to take us out and around the stunning island of Capri, and we anchored in a quiet bay so we could swim off the back off the boat. Once on the island, I hiked up for my lunch and breath-taking views from the Augustus Gardens.
Day 7: After a leisurely morning, we caught the train to the smaller remains of ancient Herculaneum, where we were able to see two-storey homes and get up close to excellently-preserved frescoes, mosaics and household shrines. After which we were back in time for some more pool time!
Day 8: It was sadly time to pack our bags and check out of our hotel, which had come to feel like home. There was time for a little shopping and then some final socialising on the terrace, before we boarded our coach and made the journey back around the bay to Naples airport. Finally we caught an early evening flight back home.
Have you been to Naples, Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast? Where have/are you travelling this summer?