Sorrento in Campania, southern Italy can be reached from Naples, the Italian capital of pizza. The beautiful Mediterranean town overlooks the Bay of Naples with many viewpoints of Vesuvius and Isle of Capri. The Amalfi drive (formally Strada Statale 163) – from Sorrento to Amalfi is a narrow road along the Tyrrhenian Sea with Dramatic mountain cliffs, emerald blue waters, pastel colored villages, scented lemon groves .. the road is twisty and narrow. It has been on Mr.Suburbia’s wishlist of Road trips.
The Amalfi Coast is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. We did the drive up to Positano stopping at some breathtaking view points along the way. No we did not ride on a Vespa, that is still on my Bucket list though. We hired a car and driver since it was the last stop on our Italian vacation and we wanted to enjoy the views rather than drive the narrow roads. We stopped at the Emerald Grotto on the way and an amazing place called Calajanara Restaurant for lunch. This place is in my Top 5 Best Restaurants I have been to so far. Amazing views of Capri and Mediterranean and equally amazing locally sourced food that tantalizes the palette.
We stopped at a farmers market on the way, to gawk at the watermelon sized lemons.. wondering what is in their water that makes these lemons so big!
We had a lot of Napolatena(Neapolitan pizza), which is a type of pizza that originated in Naples, Italy. Neapolitan pizza is made from simple and fresh ingredients: a basic dough, raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil–no fancy toppings here. More sauce than cheese, it is quite soggy in the center but yummy!
We stayed at the Hotel Minerva a historical hotel built in 1875. It had amazing views of the entire Gulf, panoramic terrace restaurant and rooftop pool which the kids enjoyed swimming in after a long day visiting the ruins at Pompeii.
We brought back home some Limoncello, the lemon-infused liquor made popular by the Amalfi Coast.
View from our room at Hotel Minerva – D not happy that I asked him not to block my view through the picturesque window!
Love the red cushions against the blue backdrop – anytime I see red patio umbrella and red cushions I’m reminded of this patio and Mediterranean view.
A night in town and dinner at La Fenice, Sorrento, was recommended by the Hotel Minerva staff did not disappoint – authentic Neapolitan pizza, fresh fish and pasta by the bay.
Excuse my hat head.. focus on the bougainvillea instead, I thought I had more shots of just the flower peppered doorways and patios!
Ahh the coast.. the beautiful coast!
Entrance to Emerald Grotto
We found Calajanara Restaurant by chance on our way from Positano to Amalfi before the days of TripAdvisor and easily one of the best Restaurants we have been to so far. Nothing to beat a glass of chilled champagne by the coast!
Gelatos in Amalfi were the best, we wandered around the quaint little shops and sampled some limoncello!
We climbed the 62 steps up to the cathedral and admired its bronze doors, cast in Constantinople in AD 1044. Inside the Duomo frescos cover the walls of the Baroque interior. Impressive 10th century Duomo di Sant’Andrea with its Arab, Norman and Gothic influences.
Have you been to the Amalfi Coast? Have you driven on the Amalfi Coast? Tell us about your experiences and recommendations.