Italy

Easily one of the most beautiful places in Italy, if not the world is the renown Amalfi Coast. Colorful houses perched atop mountains overlooking the cerulean Mediterranean sea, it’s a picturesque area that brings flocks of tourists from around the world. Along the Amalfi Coast are sets of towns. I was fortunate enough to see Sorrento, Praiano, Positano, Maiori, and the island of Capri.

Just outside the bay of Naples, sits the small island of Capri. Capri is  a haven for tourists due to its location, Blue Grotto (a grotto in which the water is a vibrant light hue), and stunning views. Personally, I found Capri to be overly touristy. Although I am a tourist myself, I felt like the authentic feel of Capri was masked by the wave of foreigners, over priced menus, and cheap gift shops. Although there were a lot of new high class shops with brands such as Prada and others, It did kind of ruin the genuine island vibe I was hoping for. The island of Capri was nice, but the boat ride over was ineffable.

Sorrento was my favorite day trip city to visit in the Amalfi Coast. Home to the prestigious Limoncello, lemon vineyards and more lemon adored souvenirs than a grandma’s Florida vacation home.

In Sorrento I ate an incredible meal consisting of an orange spritz (a typical orange alcoholic drink in Italy), three different types of buffalo mozzarella, and Octopus spaghetti.

Positano and Praiano are both very scenic coastal cities that perfectly embody the vision of the Amalfi Coast. One thing I found interesting about these cities opposed to other Italian cities, was just how tightly knit and happy the community was. Random people would wave hello, smile, or simply say good afternoon. Heck with such nice weather and a beautiful view, it’s no wonder they’re so happy.

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