Staying on the Amalfi coast was a VERY last minute addition to the trip. We had planned to stay in Naples and road trip down to the coast for day trips. This ended up being a bad idea.
Naples was added to our itinerary a few days before we left because we watched people eating pizza in Naples in a food documentary. Therefore, I didn't do much research.
Driving in Southern Italy was BANANAS. I cannot exaggerate this enough. I didn't do much research about rental cars in Italy until we arrived. Once I did, the majority of articles stated pretty clearly, "don't drive in Italy." awhoops
Anyway, Naples was not our cup of tea so I booked a last minute hotel in Sorrento as our home base instead. There was no real reason to do this besides me feeling uncomfortable in our first hotel and just trusting my intuition.
it was a great idea
We stayed in Sorrento because it seemed to be the least pricey of the coast towns. It was also the least crowded - which was lovely.
where to stay
We LOVED the hotel we randomly booked on HotelTonight. It's called Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento. It had a beautiful view of the coast, an awesome pool, and an amazing/free breakfast. The breakfast was a full meal and full service in addition to the standard fruit and pastries. I channeled my Nana by taking fruit in my purse for the day. NO SHAME.
The hotel also had free parking which was super helpful. It was walking distance to the town square but far enough away to avoid crowds - my favorite.
things to do
It was a little cool to swim, but I did do some sunbathing. We spent a morning strolling through Sorrento and checking out some cute shops. We had some artisanal gelato and watched an airshow they had.
In the afternoon, we got in the car and braved the windy roads to Positano. It was about 10 miles of beautiful vistas on narrow cliffside roads. The 10 miles took almost an hour.
In Positano, we parked at the first paid lot we found and explored on foot. The buildings were beautiful. My favorite thing about the coast is the combination of mountains and seaside, it reminded me a bit of Big Sur. The colorful buildings also made for an impressive backdrop.
what we ate
After hour hotel breakfasts, we bought food at the market in Sorrento before binging on gelato. Always save room for gelato.
The best place we ate was in Positano. We had fantastic food with epic views at Ristorante Saraceno D'Oro. It was pretty reasonably priced and the pizza was almost as good as the street pizza we had before we left Naples.
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