For the past couple of weeks all I’ve been able to think about is Italy. Matt and I spent our honeymoon there just over two years ago and I’ve wanted to go back ever since. I just LOVED Italy. The food, the wine, the views…I can’t think of anything that would top spending another week and a half exploring the Almafi Coast.
Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since we’ve gone on a trip and I’m feeling restless, or maybe it’s because we celebrated our anniversary last month, but I can’t seem to stop thinking about it. So today I thought I’d share with you the highlights from our trip to Sorrento.
We stayed at the Grand Royal Hotel which is not only close to the center of town, it’s situated along the edge of a cliff so the views were incredible.
One of my favorite memories from that trip was spending our first morning in Sorrento exploring the grounds of the hotel. The best part was discovering that there is a tunnel that winds it’s way down through the cliff to the hotel’s “beach” along the water.
I loved everything about this hotel, but one of my favorite parts had to be the pool. Before this trip I didn’t think I’d enjoy a relaxed vacation, but it was soooo easy to spend most of our afternoons lying in the sun.
Or the shade if you’re Matt 😉
Our day trip to Postitano was a bit of a happy accident. We met another couple at our hotel who was planning on going and invited us to join them. They were really excited about it, and at the time I had no idea what the big deal was about this tiny Italian town, but since we wanted to see more of the Almafi Coast, we agreed to tag along. Am I ever glad we did because this was the first thing I saw when I stepped off the bus:
I was literally standing in the image that I’d seen all over Google every time I searched ‘Almafi Coast’.
We spent most of the day here, wandering through the tiny streets and popping in and out of the adorable shops. We also happened to find the cutest restaurant with a huge covered patio. And the timing could not have been more perfect because as soon as we sat down for lunch it started to rain. Hard. So we ordered a bottle of wine and some pizzas and hung out until the rain stopped.
By the end of the afternoon, we’d made our way down to the beach. We were able to find a ferryboat that traveled back and forth between Sorrento and Postitano so we took that back as opposed to walking back to the top of the cliff and taking the bus. For anyone who hasn’t been, I would highly recommend visiting Postitano this way if you’re only planning on spending one day there. It allows you to see the coastline from two different perspectives and you’ll avoid walking up all those steep steps [trust me, there were a lot of them].
Pompeii had been on my bucket list since middle school. I first learned about it when we were studying the Romans in Grade 5, our textbooks had photos of some of the bodies that were buried alive by volcanic ash, and I thought that was the coolest thing [and also kind gross]. I was completely fascinated by the story of Pompeii and it’s tragic ending, so I was beyond excited to finally have to opportunity to go.
We spent about a half a day touring Pompeii which was perfect for us. Pompeii is actually huge, and if we wanted to see EVERYTHING, we would have needed a full day [at least], however our tour guide said that we saw the highlights and the rest would just be a repeat of what we already walked through.
So this is probably the one part of the trip I would consider doing differently next time. Here’s what we did:
We assumed you could see Capri in a day [which you can, kind of] so we booked a tour through our hotel with a company that takes smaller groups by boat from Sorrento to the island of Capri. They go around the island, stop for a couple of hours in the city of Capri, and then they go back to Sorrento.
If all you want to do is say you’ve been to Capri, this is perfect. It was enough time to explore the main part of the city of Capri, grab some lunch, enjoy some sun if you’d like, plus you get to spend most of your day relaxing on a boat.
Had I done more research ahead of time, I would have learned that there is way more to the island of Capri then what’s in the main center of the city [which is SUPER touristy btw] and it would have been worth spending at least a night on the island so we could really explore it.
Even though I was a bit disappointed to see how much we missed out on, we still had a fantastic day. Our tour guide was a lot of fun, and he even let Matt drive the boat for a while. It was a great way to spend our last day in Italy.
I’ll be honest, the biggest reason we choose Italy for our honeymoon was for the food. We were debating between Greece and Italy, but when we learned that pizza originated in Naples, which is about an hour away from Sorrento, Greece was ruled out pretty quick.
We tried a couple different restaurants while we were there, but ultimately kept going back to the same ones over and over again because the food was so good.
This was hands down our favorite restaurant. It was super close to our hotel, they had a HUGE patio, and the best pizza I’ve ever had. We actually ate there so many times that the owner of the restaurant knew who we were and started giving us VIP treatment.
Another one of my favorite memories from this trip was coming here for dinner on our last night in Sorrento. Lemons are really big in this part of Italy, and so one thing the locals do here is finish off their dinner with a shot of Lemonchello. Well, the restaurant owner knew it was our last night in Sorrento, so he brought us multiple shots of Lemonchello. By the time we finally left the restaurant, Matt and I were [more than] a little wobbly, but every waiter and waitress was waiving and saying goodbye to us on the way out the door and the owner of the restaurant actually hugged me. I’m also pretty sure everyone in the restaurant was staring at us, but we were having so much fun we didn’t care.
Ristorante Donna Sofia
Most of the restaurants in the center of Sorrento were more casual [and often crowded] and since it was our honeymoon, we wanted to have one dinner at a restaurant with a nicer atmosphere. The staff at our hotel suggested this place, apparently it’s a local favorite and one of the few restaurants that actually stays open all year [so you know it’s going to be good].
Ristorante Donna Sofia is located in lemon grove, and since it’s a bit harder to get to, they have a shuttle service that actually takes guests to and from the restaurant. Dinner here was really, really, good and it was a lovely way to spend the evening, but because it was so hard to get to, we only ate here the one night.
This one was tucked away down a very narrow street, appeared to be tiny on the outside, but was always packed full [a couple times there was even a line up outside] whenever we walked by. This was the restaurant we went to our first night in Sorrento, and after over 15 hours of travel, this was the perfect place to end the day. We ended up coming back a couple times because the food was so good.
Have I convinced you to book a trip to Sorrento yet?