My dad taught me the beauty of discovering new places and mingling with new cultures and I am very thankful to him for all the amazing trips he organised fot the family to enjoy. I have travelled a lot with my parents, I wish I could still travel that much now!
This rubrica of the blog is dedicated to the places in the world I truly love.
First on the list is what I call my *happy place in the world*. I am going to be jingoistic here but I have to start with a place in Italy: Positano.
The first time I went to Positano I was 24 and had just graduated. My friend Ilaria and I organised a trip there to celebrate both my birthday and the end of univ and had an amazing time! I knew I had to come back at some point with the love of my life! Positano is probably the most romantic place I have ever been (yes, even more romantic than Venice! And definitely more romantic than Paris!) so I knew that I had to take Mr. Right there...So WE did go two years ago and Positano became *Rob's happy place in the world* too!
If you have never been, here are some useful ideas and tips:
- make sure the hotel you book is as close as possible to the sea. You will have to do a lot of "climbing" anyway but it is much better if your hotel is not on top of the hill! Rob and I stayed at a small, family-run, hotel that I would totally recommend. Check it out: http://www.bougainville.it/ It is in the heart of Positano and very close to the beach! The staff is super friendly and breakfast just delicious!
- make sure you know how "tricky" it is to drive alongside the Amalfi Coast. We used my little Fiat Panda to go there and I would recommend you'd use the smallest car you have/can. Travel safe: the roads are VERY narrow! But if you are not driving, have a look around and soak yourself in the beauty of the view in front of you! It is simply divine!
- all the restaurants in Positano serve amazing food. No particular recommendations here. But make sure you have seafood pasta, babba' and limoncello! For an after-dinner treat, I would suggest music on the rocks
- visit Capri: a fascinating island right in front of Positano. Several boats connect the two during the day. Once in Capri, be adventurous and do explore the island on foot. Rob and I "circumnavigated" the island and it was the best experience ever! You don't get a more breathtaking view than that! Also, make sure you have an espresso in the so famous piazzetta!
- visit Pompei, the amazing Roman city, a close (but not easy!) drive from Positano. And if you don't want to drive, you can take the train from Sorrento (hop on a regular bus from Positano to Sorrento and then take the train to Pompei). Don't expect a big organisation in the archaeological site, don't forget we are in Italy!, but do walk around the town and enjoy every little bit of it: from the magnificent view of Mount Vesuvius to the thousands of mosaics and wall-plasters. It really is an amazing and unique experience!! Be prepared to walk a lot under a burning sun!! And since you are there, go visit the smaller Herculaneum, a real gem!!
Oh, just writing about it makes me want to go...let's see, when could I go!?