*prepares for departure*
Landing in Milan we impatiently waited by the carousel to retrieve our luggage. Literally watching every last passenger from our flight unite with their bags was surreal. It took a while for me to come to terms that my lost baggage nightmare had finally come into fruition. With no bags or explanation from Emirates Airline we were left to make a decision that would alter our eight day excursion through Italy. Choosing to lose a day by staying the night in Milan until our baggage arrived on the next day flight or begin our journey as planned. Deciding to stick to the itinerary we were seated on the express Frecciarossa train to Naples in route to the Amalfi Coast…..
Six hours later just as the sunset we arrived to the La Bougainville hotel in Positano. Walking into the small boutique hotel we were graciously greeted by the staff. As a lover of boutique hotels I must admit finding a place to stay in Amalfi Coast was a bit of a struggle. It literally came down to the color of the bedsheets. Let’s just say certain five star hotels in Positano weren’t quite fond of white bedding and that’s a must for me. Due to the fact that we had no luggage we headed to dinner in our flight clothes. Vowing to make the best of our trip while toasting glasses of Italian red wine over Truffle pasta at Palazzo Murat.
Day one in Amalfi Coast we set out shopping to purchase all the items we much so needed. Between the beautiful coastal location and the intense July heat it was a no brainier that we were hitting the beach. Easily finding swimwear at a local boutique named Yamamay we put together our beach looks and headed to the shore. Without any specific destination in mind we opt for the not so touristy waters and hiked over to Fornillo Beach. While setting up beach chairs we were assisted by the owner of the beach bar who we later rented a paddle boat from. Literally hopping on the front of our boat he acted as our personal tour guide of Amalfi. Paddling over to one of Positano’s private beaches we stopped by the Madonna Statue that I found to be amazing. I must admit the view of Amalfi by sea truly was the best view of all. I was ecstatic to finally check off another location on my “Travel Bucket List”.
After Fornillo beach we went shopping yet again at Yamamay to find proper dinner attire. Deciding to be more social we made reservations at the infamous Chez Black restaurant. Literally sitting beachside we enjoyed more pasta and fish and even had a heart shaped pizza delivered personally from the chef welcoming us to the Amalfi Coast. Following dinner we made our way to Music on the Rocks. Literally built into the rocks it’s the only club in Positano period so there wasn’t much options in the Amalfi nightlife. After sipping a few caipirinha’s on the rooftop which had the most incredible view we danced our way downstairs to the fun. The energy of the club was crazy, I’ve always admired how Italians and other Europeans partied and enjoyed life so effortlessly. The effortless lifestyle is one of the reasons my travels thus far have mostly been in Europe.
Literally making plans to conquer yet another beach the next day a local suggested we hop on the next boat leaving for a restaurant called Da Adolfo. Doing just that we arrived to this beautiful private beach with a shack like structure located behind it. I wish I could explain to you exactly how good this food was but you probably wouldn’t believe me. There were no menus at Da Adolfo the server came over and suggested an assortment of different pasta, seafood and salad dishes and you literally chose what sounded best. Ordering their special peach wine, sword fish, octopus salad, pesto pasta, mussels and their special cheese cooked in a leaf we were beyond stuffed. Normally I never eat then go for a swim but after a lunch like that enjoying the perfect ocean water was the only right thing to do. Later catching a boat back to our side of Amalfi we watched the sun set and bought some gelato all the while trying to figure out where to have dinner.
Le Sirenuse is said to be the best hotel in Positano when it comes to style and luxury. I’d even agree that hands down the hotel offers the best view of the Amalfi Coast your money can buy. Continuously hearing from friends and fellow bloggers to visit we made reservations at its restaurant. Just up the street from La Bougainville we experienced the fine dining Le Sirenuse had to offer and it was every bit of delicious. I always enjoy the fine dining experience but the service at Le Sirenuse was impeccable without being stuffy. Although I loved the small boutique hotel experience in destinations such as Positano my next visit I’d be checking into Le Sirenuse for sure.
The day trip to Capri was definitely one of the main highlights of the trip to Amalfi Coast. The thirty minute ferry ride was well worth it. Upon arrival to the island it looks very similar to Postitano but they’re difference is what makes the small island so special. Unable to experience one of Capri’s main attractions the Blue Grotto due to the large waves that day was truly upsetting. Moving along we took a cable cart to the top of the island where all the shops and restaurants were located. Deciding to walk down the mountain to the beach it took us a little under an hour to get to the bottom. Aside from the heat the walk down was a walk to remember. Walking allowed us to stop and get the greatest view of the breathtaking cliffs. Finally arriving to Marina Piccola Beach I fell in love with its water caves. Hopping right in I swam until I couldn’t swim anymore. Leaving Piccola Beach we purchased matching ankle bracelets at a small jewelry stand. I mention this because it’s a tradition that I share with my dear friend Tiffany whenever we take a trip. Collecting these small beaded or leather bracelets along with a few other things are special travel traditions to me. It’s always the little things that are made most sentimental especially when it brings back a memory of a person or place you wish to never forget. I share our bracelet tradition with you to encourage you to begin a tradition of your own on the next trip you take.
If ever you visit Capri I suggest you eat at Ristorante Panorama. It’s a beautiful restaurant at the top of the mountain that has the best seafood pasta I’ve ever eaten. It was literally the last and the best thing we did in Capri before heading back to Amalfi. It wasn’t until we arrived back that we realized our last night in Amalfi Coast had come so fast. Still without our luggage we managed to have an amazing time. I honestly was surprised at myself for making it through an entire vacation without having my essentials let alone clothes. Nonetheless our luggage had finally been located in Naples. The next morning our driver picked us up and we headed to reunite with our lost bags as we prepared to board our train to Rome!!!