Well, the weekend I’d been waiting for lived up to its expectations. I fell so in love with the Amalfi Coast, and had one of the best weekends of my life. There’s too much to discuss for one post, so I’ll break it down.
It all started Thursday night, where our group gathered at the train station to board a bus for an 8 hour bus ride. Besides the fact that the bus was full of the most obnoxious and drunk college students I’ve ever encountered, the Italian countryside proved to be a fantastic distraction. We stopped at an Italian rest stop (actually so delicious), and soon enough we arrived at Hotel Cavour in Sorrento. Very rustic and old, we had a room for three with bunk beds and a mini porch. Although I didn’t see much of the room the first night, because I climbed up to the top bunk and fell asleep immediately preparing for the first day in Capri.
Our group met around 9 for a walk down to the Sorrento harbor to board a ferry to Capri. About 30 minutes later, we arrived on the beautiful island of Capri. We soon boarded a boat that would take us around the island, which was absolutely stunning. The rocky coast was breathtaking, and the water was so clear and blue. We stopped at the Blue Grotto, which is by far the most magical thing I have ever encountered. A man in a small rowboat helped us off our larger boat, and four of us squeezed on, ready to enter the Grotto. The entrance to the Grotto is about 6 feet wide and 4 feet high, which means you have to lay completely flat in order to get in. The rower of the boat took a sip of wine, and then bent all the way back, singing in Italian along the way. We were finally allowed to sit back up, and I honestly could not believe what I saw. The electric blue light coming out of the water was breathtaking (I almost cried), and I couldn’t wait to jump in. We were allowed out of the boat, and floated around in the water, just taking in the beauty around us. This was by far the most incredible experience I have ever had. Someone brought a waterproof camera, so we were able to really document the moment, which I am so thankful for. Unfortunately, we had to eventually get back into the boat, and squeeze back down, but I will honestly never forget what I experienced inside.
After seeing the rest of Capri’s beautiful coastline, we took a tram up to the top, which had some really incredible views. Our tour guides led us down to this small little beach, encompassed by the most beautiful rocky coast. We sat down for lunch and had some awesome seafood (a treat since seafood is really not a thing in Florence). Our restaurant was right on the water, and we were anxious (and sweating) to get in. We spent the next few hours in the bluest, clearest water you will ever find, staring at the incredible coastline. We then headed back up to the top of the city for a limoncello tasting (my favorite!). I ended up buying a creamy meloncello (imagine cantaloupe limoncello), which I am SO excited about, since Capri is known for their limoncello.
We headed back down to the port, and poked around in a few shops before heading back on the ferry. Back in Sorrento, we had a (free!!!) dinner at the hotel, which included french fries, pasta, and a giant chicken nugget type piece of meat. But at that point we were all too slap happy from being exhausted in the sun all day to even notice. We got some house wine from the hotel, and put our pajamas on and just hung out in our rooms, fast asleep by 12 (wild night).