Welcome to the second part of my Sorrento travel and photo diary! You can read the first part here if you haven’t yet, it includes what we got up to in our first three days (Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and Herculaneum).
Capri was always our plan for the Friday. The weather was forecasted to be absolutely beautiful and that it was! We’d heard a lot about how heaving the boats and the island gets so we yet again got up at 8pm, got ready and made our way to the Sorrento port to buy our boat tickets. Our train was about half an hour late so by the time we got there, it was around 10:30. Even though it was still relatively early, the port was beyond packed with people trying to get across to Capri or getting boats to Amalfi.
We got into the Capri queue and waited around half an hour until our turn. Luckily, we managed to get on a trip across at 11:35am but the latest return time they had available was at 3:45pm which was a little gutting as for all the things we were planning to do on the island, as well as stopping for something to eat and a little wander, 3 hours wasn’t really going to be enough (half hour getting to the island and half hour making our way back to the port and getting there early to queue as the seats on way over got taken quickly).
The journey across included beautiful views but to be honest I was in a state of anxiety the entire time as I have a major fear of other people vomiting and it was really choppy so the stewards were handing out sick bags like there was no tomorrow. Despite all my worrying, I luckily managed to last the entire trip without seeing or hearing anyone vomit which I was VERY thankful for.
When we reached Capri, it honestly took our breath away. Both the water and sky were a crystal blue like we’d never seen before. The landscape was incredible, beautiful tall cliffs with scattered grassy areas and colourful buildings all around. The harbour was full of boats of all sizes, all looking very well looked after and if we’re being honest, very expensive.
Our plan for the island was to do a boat tour including visiting the Blue Grotto but unfortunately when we arrived, all of the Blue Grotto trips were cancelled for the day. Instead of dwelling on it, we headed over to the funicular (which we had pre-bought tickets for) to get up to higher points of the island to see other points of interest like the Piazette and Mount Solaro but the funicular was also closed off, too. The only thing we could think of that would’ve disrupted both of those things, was the wind. It wasn’t very bad on the harbour in Capri but the ride over had been majorly choppy so it must’ve been bad elsewhere.
We sat and had a cocktail deciding what to do and people watching as many other people were at a bit of a loss what to do with their time, too. We ended up just deciding to have a wander up to a viewpoint and then see what we could find. The viewpoint was incredible and also had some stairs leading down to the beach, so we spent the rest of our time sat on the beach and dipping in the sea as it was our fourth day in Sorrento and we were yet to have a restful one.
Despite the ruined plans, we had a beautiful day on Capri and would really love to return. Once returning to the Sorrento port, we had a wander around the shops and bought some limoncello to have back at the apartment. We also decided to head out that evening to another restaurant I can’t remember the name of, oops. The TripAdvisor reviews were really good and it was about a 15 minute walk from our place. Unfortunately it didn’t end up being that great and was really pricey for what it was. But we did meet a really cute kitten.
Our original plan was to have the weekend off of specific sightseeing and just have fun wandering or chilling out. The forecast changed from sunny on the Monday to constant rain all day and that was when we were planning to do the trip to Amalfi and Positano. Monday was also our last day and as Sunday was also forecasted to rain, our only other option for semi-guaranteed good weather was to do it on the Saturday.
We were both exhausted by this point. The amount of walking we had done was insane and despite needing some down time, we really wanted to do the Amalfi drive on a nice day instead of when it was tipping it down. Eventually deciding to power through, we got up super early on the Saturday to catch the 8:30am bus to Amalfi. It’s recommend that you catch the Sita bus (which is the general public bus) as it gives you the best views as well as being the cheapest option. We ended up getting there half an hour early but it’s lucky we did as they were already boarding and we JUST managed to grab the last two seats on the right side. If you want the best views, it’s important to sit on this side of the bus as they literally cram people on down the aisle standing, too so if you’re on the left, you’ll be staring at cliff walls a lot.
The bus ride took about an hour and 40 minutes and was really quite incredible at points. As it was so early and the sun was only shining from a certain angle, looking forward was all dark and gloomy and looking backwards was sunny and light. You can see the contrast between the two in my photos, you’d never believe it was really warm in the darker images.
The bus had quite a few stops on the way including Positano but we decided we were going to go all the way to Amalfi and then come back to Positano later. Positano was so beautiful to look at and drive through. Also, I must warn you, the roads to Amalfi are a lot of cliff edges so it can be a little stomach drop inducing at times.
By the time we got to Amalfi, it had just gone past 10 and we were already exhausted. We sat in a cute cafe on the harbour for around an hour and just took all the beautiful views in. It was just so incredible, the amount of colourful houses and intricate architecture and how it was all somehow perfectly placed within the landscape. We did decide after a wander that we were just too exhausted to get the tiny cramped bus back and stop for another wander in Positano so we got a really nice boat ride back to the Sorrento port.
Much to our liking, the boat did stop in Positano so we did have 5 minutes to take in the view. We also got talking to 2 lovely girls on the boat who had stayed in Amalfi for a few days and visited Positano, who said that it was definitely a lot more interesting to look at than it was to explore, so that made us feel better about skipping it in favour of rest!
It’s definitely one of the most scenic parts of that area of Italy and I would really like to come back and explore it on our next adventure to Sorrento. We have already decided that we DEFINITELY want to come back, especially to do the Blue Grotto on Capri.
We then spent the remainder of our time resting, exploring local places to our apartment in Sant’Agnello as well as wandering the back streets of Sorrento. It was so unbelievably nice to spend a week of quality time together, especially in such a beautiful place.
Sorrento travel gets a strong 15/10 from us, we both agreed it’s the best holiday we’ve had yet! Although we are going to New York at the end of this year, so we’ll keep you posted…
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’Til Next Time,