One day on the Amalfi Coast – Tips and What to do.

Amalfi coast – one of Italy’s most desirable coastal areas. It is just an hour away from chaotic Naples. If you are traveling to Naples and want to spend One Day on the Amalfi Coast, then this itinerary will help you out.

Our trip was about 3 weeks, and of course, the Amalfi Coast had to be in it. Read my First Trip to Europe post to learn more about my whole trip and all the other places we visited in Europe.

If you read my previous post about our stay in Naples, we decided to stay there as the stop before heading on our tour to the coast. This was a great choice because we were able to enjoy both places.

Although we visited in mid November and the temperature was a bit cold, we still enjoyed the breathtaking views. The best time to visit is during the summer, but try to avoid between June and August because it can get a bit crowded. May or late September might be a better time.


One day Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi coast is a coastal stretch on the Sorrentine Peninsula. We decided to visit this beautiful area with a private tour. Our tour guide was amazing, his name was Giovanni and he explained everything in amazing details. He took us all around the area. However, if you are not taking a tour and are coming from Naples, you have the choice to the train at Napoli Central or you can also be adventurous and rent a car, but keep in mind that you might get lost.

We made our first stop in Sorrento. It is located on the very steep cliff and overlooks the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. We walked around the winding streets of the historic part and grabbed a hot chocolate and cappuccino.

We continued our journey and made it to Positano. You can take the bus here, ferry lines, or again, take a tour or rent a car. Either way you’ll enjoy an exclusive view of the beautiful sea and villas.

Positano is mostly known to be the most beautiful town of the coast, with its colorful houses and villas. We made a stop here and walked around its streets. You can also visit some of the galleries and shops.

Our next stop was Amalfi town. It is the largest town of the coast. Wonder around its busy streets and find a place to enjoy something quick to eat. We enjoyed some delicious sandwiches and of course, some gelato. We also tried limoncello, which is a locally made lemon liqueur.

We then started heading back to our hotel since we had to leave to FLORENCE by train, but we continued to enjoy the beautiful sunset views from the coast, before getting on the highway. There are many small towns in between which can also be a great option for your stay or to make a quick stop. Some of these may be cheaper and less crowded during peak times.

If you are going during warmer days, don’t forget to have a swim in the Mediterranean. Positano could be the best stop for this. It can get a bit crowded, but I hear it is a great beach and the further you swim from the coast, the more beautiful it gets. I am definitely making another trip here during the summer.

Watch this video to enjoy some more of the beautiful Amalfi Coast views.


Some extra tips for visiting Amalfi Coast.

Tip # 1: Be aware of pickpockets, especially around tourist attractions. This wasn’t too much of a problem for us since we were mostly in the car, but if you are riding the bus or train, keep your bags tight, or in the front if possible.

Tip # 2: Visit during slow season. We visited in November, which was a bit colder than expected, but I hear that late October, or late March are great times to visit as well, less traffic and good weather. Prices are also lower.

Tip # 3: Leave some space for spontaneous things.

Tip # 4: Enjoy the local food, of course. We got a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. But enjoy the delicious sweet treats you’ll find during your walks. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.

Tip # 5: Look for a place to stay that is close to the transportation. Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting. Get familiar with the routes.

Tip # 6: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.

Tip # 7: Try to purchase your tickets early, and when I say early, I really mean early. We bought our plane tickets almost a year ahead of time, and the train tickets (trains from city to city, not the local trains) we purchased months in advanced. Same with the place you’ll be staying and any tours that you will be doing. Trust me, this will help you save A LOT. Buy a bus ticket in advance because you won’t be able to purchase one at the bus. Check out the bus times as well. You don’t want to miss the last one and stay stranded in a town.

Tip # 8: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.


Leaveing amalfiIn conclusion, we loved the Amalfi coast. The views left us speechless and the food was amazing. This is a must visit location. Like I said earlier, I am definitely making another trip here during a warmer season.

Well, I hope that this itinerary and tips for The Amalfi Coast help you during your next visit. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe Trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.

Get ready to take lots and lots of picture at every single stop you make in the beautiful towns.

Positano


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My trip to Venice, Italy (2 day visit) – Tips and what to do.

Beautiful Venice! This was our second stop during our 3 Week Trip To Europe. You may be asking, is two days in Venice enough? The answer to that is, Yes! We arrived here determined to discover the most authentic Venice we could, in only two days. And that’s exactly what we did.

Now, when booking your train to get to Venice, make sure that you purchase it for the right stop. There are two train stations in Venice. The first one on the main land (Venice Mestre) and the other is on the island (Santa Lucia). If you are staying on the island, or want to visit, the second one is the one you should book it for.

Venice Day 1

Once you arrive at the train station, you are at the Grand Canal. I have to say, finally seeing the dream-like canals of Venice was a dream come true. There are tons of taxi boat options that can take you close to your stop, or you could walk. However, if you have heavy bags, this may not be the best options. We were that group with the big bags, but thankfully our hotel was right next to the stop and we didn’t have to walk much.

We arrived at the hotel very early, so we left our bags there and went out to explore the island. Google maps was our best friend during our stay. So make sure you have a phone carrier that will allow you to have unlimited internet connection. But don’t be afraid to get lost here. Just grab a gelato when you do and find a place where you can restore your connection and route.


Day 1

So like I mentioned earlier, we arrived pretty early to Venice from Paris, which allowed us to start our exploring time the same day. We walked around looking for some lunch, so we stopped for a quick pizza. Right across the street we found some gelato. Don’t worry about looking up the best spots, at least we didn’t, because you will find Pizza and Gelato everywhere.

We chose to leave this as a free day to just explore, so we walked around the allies. Some of them may lead to a dead-end, the canal, or some pretty nice boutiques. Take this time to purchase any souvenirs.

Our first day in Venice was actually my dad’s birthday, so we decided to go back to the hotel to change for a nice dinner. We had an amazing dinner at Trattoria Bar Pontini. The food was delicious, of course. After this, you could walk around to find local bars for some tapas and wine.


Day 2

On our second day, it was go time. We woke up ready to walk and explore. We started our morning with breakfast at the hotel. Most restaurants do not offer breakfast, so we were thankful that our hotel included it.venice-breakfast.jpg

Our first stop for the day was the Basilica Dei Frari. There was a service going on at the time, therefore we couldn’t walk in.

Basilica del Frari

We continued walking and found ourselves at the Ponte dell’ Accademia. The views from here were breathtaking. Take your time walking around and enjoy the free galleries and boutiques.

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Then our route took us to the Piazza San Marco. This is the main square in Venice. The area is extremely crowded during the summer, but it was perfect for the time we visited. This place is magical though. Here you will find live bands and tons of restaurants. As for the Basilica, it is free to go in but you may find a long line during peak season. Again, since we went in November, there wasn’t a long line for us. You will need to be dressed appropriately to be able to walk in. Pictures are not allowed inside. At the Piazza, we decided to sit down and eat our quick lunch that we had prepared earlier.

After walking to the Rialto Bridge, we decided to take a Gondola ride. The prices area bit expensive, but how can you go to Venice and not get on a Gondola? Tons of people opt to not do it and decide to take a taxi boat which also takes you around the whole island. But again, how can you not get on a Gondola? lol.

Gondola

Once we got back to the Bridge, we decided to just continue getting lost walking through the galleries and stores. We waited until it was dinner time and headed to Rossopomodoro. This is said to be one of the best Pizzas of Venice. Needless to say, it was delicious. We then headed back to our hotel to prepare our bags because we had an early train to Rome.

Watch this video of my trip, it includes a few more clips from the visit.


What you should know about your visit to Venice:

Tip # 1: Visit during slow season. We were able to enjoy a lot because we didn’t have to wait in long lines to go into these places. We visited in November, which was a bit colder than expected, but I hear that late September/October, or late March/April are great times to visit as well, less traffic and good weather. Also, keep in mind that things may cost you more when you go during summer time.

Tip # 2: Do not squeeze too many things in. Venice is a great place to get lost in, walking around through the alleys and enjoying the views.

Tip # 3: Prepare snacks. We bought tons of coffee and hot chocolate during our walks because it was super cold, but they were so delicious that we didn’t mind the extra expenses. However, do prepare some snacks and water for when you are out. This will save you tons because it will help you avoid buying something to eat in every corner. Do enjoy the local food, of course. We tried to always get a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.

Tip # 4: Like I mentioned at the beginning, look for a place to stay that is close to the train station. Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting.

Tip # 5: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.

Tip # 6: Try to purchase your tickets early, and when I say early, I really mean early. We bought our plane tickets almost a year ahead of time, and the train tickets we purchased months in advanced. Trust me, this will help you save A LOT.

Tip # 7: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.

Tip # 8: Lastly, be aware of pickpockets, or people asking you to sign anything, to look at something. Keep your bags tight while walking or taking the train or escalators.


There is always more to see, so just do some more research and see what else you would be interested in. But take your time to enjoy Venice. Since we went during fall/winter time, it was a bit cold and foggy. However, the views were still breathtaking. If you go when it is a little warmer, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful colors on the buildings.

I’m not sure if it is necessary to even add that by the end of our visit we had fallen in love with this historic city. From the beautiful canals, the warm locals and incredible food, everything was amazing. It was a short stay, but it was great. Venice was actually one of my favorite destinations on the trip.

Well, I hope that this itinerary and tips for Venice help you during your next visit. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe Trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.

So get ready for lots and lots of walking, going up and down a few stairs for the bridges, tons of gelato, pizza, and of course, amazing views.

Venice Day 2


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