Holiday to Amalfi & Sorrento 2019

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?


27 thoughts on “Holiday to Amalfi & Sorrento 2019

  1. I love Sorrento been there 8 times. It never disappoints. People are wonderful, place is beautiful. I couldn’t fault it.

    1. Hello Cockney Bard, thank you for stopping by and commenting, Wow, 8 times! If that isn’t an endorsement for Sorrento, I don’t know what is! Hope to hear from you again soon. πŸ™‚

  2. Ahh, I was looking forward to this post so much. We love Italy and so it was great reading about your experiences and seeing the photos of much loved places.
    We did a two week trip – starting in Naples, then into Sorrento then finally stopping of at a small place called Marina Del Cantoni – where we took boat trips to Amalfi and Positano.
    So beautiful
    Thanks for sharing.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    1. You’re very welcome, Lynn – it is great to share my experiences and photos of an amazing holiday, especially with people who love Italy too. I can’t wait to go back, although maybe a different part – I would still love to go to Florence, Lake Garda and Venice! I like how you worked your way down the coast, while we opted to stay in the middle and travel out either way for the sights. πŸ™‚

      1. Florence, Venice and Lake Garda are all amazing. I highly recommend them all. When we went to Florence we also visited Sienna which is amazing and well worth a day or two stop over.

  3. Thank you for sharing your trip! Wonderful photos and commentary. It must be amazing to see all those places we read so much about in our books.

    1. You’re welcome, Judy and thank you – I am so pleased you enjoyed my photos and commentary πŸ™‚ It really was amazing to see Pompeii and other places I had long read about in the history books.

  4. What wonderful photos and commentary!! It’s been over 40 years since I visited many of these sites (yes, I’m ancient… but I was a teenager at the time!) and I can imagine how much more there is to see now in places like Pompeii. Did you go in the Blue Grotto?

    1. Aw thank you, Kelly – I am so pleased you enjoyed my photos and commentary πŸ™‚ I certainly did go to the Blue Grotto, although we just looked in and didn’t physically go in as the tide was high. Some people were bravely swimming through though!

  5. Looks stunning! And the chocolate gelato has me green with envy! Haha – but Pompeii must be the only place in the world where respectable people cheerfully admit to visiting the brothel… πŸ˜‰

    1. Haha you may not be so green with envy with how the chocolate gelato was running down my hands and dripping on my shorts though… and yes, one can’t go to Pompeii without visiting the brothel – in fact there was a large queue! Being part of a Christian holiday group though, we did have to go to the brothel in our smaller group, as our leader skipped it with the larger group πŸ˜‰

  6. Wow! I’m green with envy! πŸ˜› Stunning pics. I’ve hardly travelled, but Italy is in my bucket list, the one I don’t know if I’ll ever get to… πŸ™‚

    1. Carmen, my travel was a little sporadic, however in the last three years I have started properly working my way through my bucket list – this holiday included. I really hope you get to go to Italy one day – it is one of my favourite countries in the world. πŸ™‚

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