Our final day in the Amalfi Coast was spent doing a private 5-hour car tour of Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi. We used Leonardo Travels for the tour and it was honestly the perfect ending to my two week trip in Italy! Initially, I had wanted my sister to drive throughout the coast (since I don’t know how to drive) but the roads are as narrow as a one-way despite being a two-way street and with the winding corners, it’s a little terrifying to see a bus coming at you all of a sudden! Continue reading “Cruising through Ravello and Amalfi”
Sentiero Degli Dei
In Amalfi, there is a hiking trail called “Sentiero Degli Dei”, otherwise known as “Path of the Gods”. It’s roughly a 3-hr hike that spans back to Positano and has a breathtaking panoramic view of the Amalfi Coast. You have to take the SITA bus to Amalfi and transfer to another local bus that stops by Bomerano. You can just ask the bus driver which bus has that stop if you get lost. Continue reading “Sentiero Degli Dei”
Sorrento and Capri
We woke up a little early to take the SITA bus to Sorrento to take the ferry to Capri. You can purchase bus tickets directly at Bar Internazionale in cash. The grandpa that owns the bar has a gruff exterior but he really looks after you and does worry after you if he thinks you’re doing something unsafe (like when we decided to hike in the rain). This particular area is also a free WiFi zone! When we got to Sorrento, we took the regular ferry to Capri. Continue reading “Sorrento and Capri”
Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Napoli Centrale
Travel Time: 3 h
Total per person: €29
My sister and I took the evening train from Florence to Sorrento. Sorrento is the best place to stay if you want to go to Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, and Herculaneum. Initially, we were going to hike in Mt. Vesuvius (4 hr hike) and get pizza in Napoli but my sister broke her shoulder prior to this trip and since I wanted to do another hike in Amalfi, we decided to skip Mt. Vesuvius and just stayed overnight in Piano di Sorrento and checked in early at Positano and spent the rest of our trip in the Amalfi Coast. Continue reading “Exploring Positano”
Uffizi Gallery and Secret Bakeries
• The running rate for pastries is €1. Just keep a few euros but no large bills.
• Keep your (drunken) mouth shut. If you’re loud and disruptive, not only will the bakers not serve you, they’ll shut their doors/windows to everyone else.
• Do not question what you are given. Once you hand your money over, you eat whatever they give you.
What sets Florence apart from other cities in Italy are its secret bakeries! Every night as the city goes to sleep, the secret (and illegal) bakeries get down to business, ready to quietly serve customers from behind closed doors solely at night. Only if you’re well behaved, though. Seriously – you’re not allowed to talk. Bakers aren’t allowed to sell their pastries directly to the public so the exchange is pretty quick. They can be hard to find—usually hidden down tiny side streets and alleyways—but you can always follow them by smell. Continue reading “Uffizi Gallery and Secret Bakeries”