Amalfi Coast and Rome ~ Italy Vacation Part II

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If you’re just joining in, a while back, I published a post about my 5 day itinerary in Tuscany. Here, I will continue with 7 nights in the Amalfi Coast and Rome.

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Amalfi Coast and Rome

Scott and I visited 3 extraordinary regions in Italy a few summers ago. (Tuscany, Amalfi, and Rome) We flew in and out of Rome, drove to and spent 4 days in Tuscany, then down to Amalfi for another 4 days, and ended our trip with 3 days in Rome.

I typically spend a long time planning an itinerary. (Thank God for the internet!) I’ll watch documentaries. Read travel guides. Peruse through Trip Advisor. And dialogue (mainly via email) with locals and/or tour guides, hotel managers, etc.

The goal being to plan an itinerary that is rich in experience, yet gentle on the wallet.

So, if you need to work with a limited time frame and/or a budget, I think this itinerary (mainly illustrated in photos) may give you some ideas on how to plan your own trip to Italy!

Amalfi Coast

So, let’s begin with the Amalfi Coast. I recommend staying in Positano. And, if you are coming here after a few days in Tuscany (as we did), it’ll take about 6 hours by car. So, be sure to stop in Naples or Sorrento, for pizza and a Limoncello. This drive will take you along a spectacular coastline that is both exhilarating and spectacular. Just please watch out for those crazy mopeds zipping by with a death wish!

-Minimum 3 Full Days (We spent 4, as we wanted to spend a full day in Capri!)
-Accommodations: Hotel Poseidon I wouldn’t stay anywhere else! We stayed in the Funny Room as it offered an extraordinary terrace and view!
-Make sure to visit: Positano, Ravello, Amalfi and/or Capri.

Positano
Positano, Italy
Positano, Italy
Poseidon Hotel, Positano
Poseidon Hotel, Positano
Hotel Poseidon, Positano
Hotel Poseidon, Positano
Hotel Poseidon ~ The Funny Room
Hotel Poseidon ~ The Funny Room. This room had the most unique entrance to the most BEAUTIFUL terrace. With the most BEAUTIFUL view.
Hotel Poseidon, Positano
Hotel Poseidon, Positano
The pool at the Poseidon Hotel, also had breathtaking views!
The pool at the Poseidon Hotel, also had breathtaking views!
Positano Beach
An afternoon at the “locals” beach in Positano. Ask for it! It’s worth it.

So, here is my favorite kind of date! Spending the day at a beautiful beach. Maybe doing a little shopping. Getting freshened up and pretty. Then, having a romantic dinner, with the one you love, somewhere with spectacular views!

Hotel Poseidon, Positano
Hotel Poseidon, Positano. Pre-dinner photo.
Latteria (The BEST Sandwiches EVER!) Conveniently located across from the Hotel Poseidon, Scott and I ate lunch here every day of our stay!
Latteria (The BEST Sandwiches EVER!) Conveniently located across from the Hotel Poseidon. Scott and I ate lunch here, every day of our stay!
Latteria, Positano (the freshest meats, cheeses, olive oil, antipasta, breads, etc.)
Latteria, Positano (the freshest meats, cheeses, olive oil, antipasta, breads, etc.)
Delicious breakfast and unbelievable views from the Hotel Poseidon!
Delicious breakfast and unbelievable views from the Hotel Poseidon!
The Amalfi Coast
Immaculate waters! Positano, Italy.
Dining on a terrace in Positano. Spectacular views.
Dining on a terrace in Positano. Spectacular views.
Ravello

Although we wish we had more time, we spent a half day in Ravello. I want to go back! This is a great place to shop for pottery bowls. Our favorite restaurant, Cumpa’ Cosimo! And, you can watch an Italian Orchestra, outside, with the breathtaking backdrop of the sea.

Ravello ~ They say there are times of the day when the sky and the sea look like "one".
Ravello ~ They say there are times of the day when the sky and the sea look like “one”.
This was one of the most romantic things I've ever experienced. Listening to beautiful music, overlooking the sunset, mountains, and the Mediterranean Sea. (Ravello, Italy.)
This was an unforgettable experience. Listening to an Italian orchestra, with a backdrop of the sunset and moonrise, over the Mediterranean. (Ravello, Italy.)
It was a full moon. (Of course.)
Full moon in Ravello.
Italian Orchestra in Ravello.
Italian Orchestra in Ravello.
Pasta Medley Sampler. Cumpa Cosimo ~ Ravello, Italy
THE BEST RESTAURANT IN THE AMALFI COAST! Cumpa Cosimo ~ Ravello, Italy. This is the Pasta Medley Sampler. But, everything on the menu is made fresh. The owner even brought my husband next door, to their butcher shop, to hand-select his own cut of meat! EXTRAORDINARY!
The 2nd best meal I've ever had in Italy. Cumpa Cosimo, Ravello. (2nd to a meal prepared by Frances at Frances' Lodge in Sienna.)
The 2nd best meal I’ve ever had in Italy, at Cumpa Cosimo, Ravello.
Capri

Capri is amazing! If you only have one day to visit, I’d recommend spending at least the first half of your visit on the water. Capri is known for it’s extraordinary coastal spectacles! We treated ourselves to a private tour. Courtesy of Gianni’s Boat Tours! The BEST!

During our stay in Positano, we booked an excursion to take us to the Island of Capri. (Off of Naples.) Here, we spent most of the day, on the water. We booked a private boat excursion with Gianni's Boat Co.
Private boat tour of the Island of Capri. Gianni’s Boat Co.
The views, sailing around Capri, were unbelievable!
The views, sailing around Capri, were unbelievable!
Capri
The island of Capri.
Caverns in Capri
Beautiful caverns in Capri.
Faralioni, Capri
Faraglioni. The three spurs of rock which rise up out of the sea, within meters of Capri’s Southern coast.
Green Grotto. Capri.
The Green Grotto. Capri. Yes, it’s like a teal green color!
Capri. The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto. Most romantic experience in the world!
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Remarkable bakery in Capri. Don’t ask how much we sampled here, please.
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Buonocore Gelateria, Capri. Worth waiting in line for!
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This is Scott’s happy face. Well, happy about the bakery. Not about me demanding a photo!
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The shops in Capri are amazing. I guess it’s a good thing they closed by the time we got back from our private boat tour!

Rome

-3 Full Days (The absolute minimum!)
-Accommodations: I can’t really recommend a place to stay in Rome. Scott stumbled upon a great deal at the Waldorf Astoria. The best part (since I required so much down time to rest) was that everything at this hotel is soooo comfortable! Especially the beds by the pool! SCORE!
-Must See Sights: So, we did not book any excursions in Rome. I’m going to share what we did, in photos.

This pilgrimage began en route to Rome (from Amalfi). We stopped in Pompei, along the way. Which successfully wore us out, by the time we collapsed in our hotel in Rome!

Pompei
On our way to Rome, we stopped in Pompei. We enjoyed it. But, oh my goodness, it was really hot that day! Kinda glad we can cross this off our bucket list, if ya know what I mean.
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Our first night in Rome (after a long drive from Amalfi, and a sweltering day in Pompei), was spent eating gourmet burgers at the hotel restaurant! Ah. That was nice.
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More burgers at the Waldorf Pool Cafe, the day after our first full day, touring Rome. By this point, we were eating Italian Food for 10 days!
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Our first photo in the city of Rome. Trevi Fountain. (Partially under repair.)
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The Pantheon’s interior dome. Absolutely remarkable!
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Roman Forum
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Roman Forum. By the way, nobody else was using selfie sticks at the time. Now, I hear they are EVERYWHERE.
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Piazza Navona. Beautiful at night!
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Unbelievable Gelato! Worth waiting in line for!
Rome Colliseum
The Colosseum.
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Another great morning in Rome!
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The Spanish Steps. Where the best shopping streets, in Rome, meet.
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Walking around in the Trident, a section in Rome, including (streets) Via Condotti, Via Frattina, Via Borgognona… I had a generous birthday allowance, but passed up on a Gucci handbag, for something less popular, just as authentic, and far more practical. Coccinelli!!
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We have this thing, Scott and I, where we like to pose like the statues. It can be very fun. And, difficult at times! This was an easy one.
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Sorry to say, a “forgettable” restaurant in Rome. It was recommended by our concierge at the Waldorf. But, for foodies like us, we were less than impressed. It was romantic. I’ll give it that. (I really don’t remember the name.)
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Do I blend in??
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Sistine Chapel. No pictures, Scott! NO PICTURES!!
This photo was taken with a Selfie Stick.
St. Peter’s Basilica. This photo was taken with a Selfie Stick.
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Ah. Nice.
Shopping in Rome!
Shopping in Rome!
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One of my favorites. With my gorgeous husband.
Rome Colliseum
Nothing like traveling with your best friend!!
Ciao, Rome!!
Ciao, Rome!!

Well, I hope you liked the pics! Scott and I are doing a Mediterranean Cruise, next. Stay tuned for itineraries for Venice, Istanbul, Mykonos, Athens, Barcelona, and Toulon, France! You better start packing, now!

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