Naples & The Amalfi Coast

Naples & The Amalfi Coast
After an amazing 4 days away in Napoli, I thought I would write up a little post sharing my tips and tricks so you can also have the perfect trip. When people plan on visiting the Amalfi Coast they tend to skip Naples for reasons I'm not sure but I think over the years Naples has got a bad reputation but I feel you should give it a chance. I did and I loved it. For me Naples was true,  100% authentic Italy, what you see is what you get and that is what gives the city it's true charm. Granted there are probably dodgy areas like most cities but stick to the beaten track and you would be pleasantry surprised at how charming and beautiful it really is. 

Where We Stayed

I stayed in the Lungomare area, also known as Naples sea front, a very scenic place that makes getting up every morning even easier. The Lungomare area has a very Broadwalk Empire promenade feel to it. Which I loved and If you are going to go to Naples, this is the area to be. The Hotel I stayed in was called Hotel Grand Santa Lucia and I couldn't recommend it enough, comfy clean rooms, spacious and amazing breakfast and let's not forget that amazing view that we had everytime we looked out our balcony. 
Naples Waterfront
Naples Waterfront

Where We Ate

Rum Baba
We ate in a various amount of places through out Naples, On the first day we got a snack in the famous cafe Caffé Gambrinus, here we just had some cake....while in Italy and all. I tried my first Rum Baba and it was amazing. This is a great little place to stop off and people watch while stuffing your face with all the sweet treats you can think of.  As for meals we ate in a restaurant called Transatlantic Resturant which was lovely, the staff weren't the friendliest but the food made up for that. Another place I highly recommend is a little restaurant just around the corner from the hotel. It's called La Cantina dei Lazzari and its a little gem of a place, friendly staff, great atmosphere and lovely food. This place does get busy though so be sure to book in the day or the night before. However they never turn anyone away, just gotta wait....but it's worth it. Get the Spaghetti with Ricotta Cheese...thank me later. We also ate in this Restaurant called Borgo Antico and the dessert was amazing. If you are looking for the perfect but not over priced ice cream you must check out Desìo Gelato & Pastry and I did try deep fried pizza or and I wasn't impressed, give me a regular pizza anyday. 

Naples night life is great with loads of places offering cocktails and nibbles as well as music and a relaxing vibe. You must check out Ba Bar for great cocktails. 

Naples SideStreet

We arrived in Naples on Sunday around 12pm, got the local bus into town which drops you off to the port. As soon as we got off the bus the heat just hit you. After a walk of carrying suitcases up a hill I was only fit for a shower, living in Ireland really doesn't prepare you for 32c weather. After refreshing up we decided to stroll the streets of Naples and just relax for the day. We didn't do many touristy things as we had planned on exploring Sorrento & Capri as well. 

Both Knackered and Slight Sun Stroke (it was well hot) we decided to take it easy on the first day and drank a lot of cocktails, strolled around the streets and took in the sights of Naples.
Capri Italy

On Day 2 we decided to get up early and head to Capri for the day. I have wanted to visit Capri for the longest time and everyone tells you how beautiful it is but you really have to be there to believe it. We took the ferry which cost around €22 each way, slightly pricey but worth it to see this place. The little island is truly breathtaking, the blue sea that surrounds the place is so insanely tranquil and stunning. Along the bottom of the Island is all restaurants and the place then has this massive hill that you can either climb or get a tram up to ( I recommend the tram), once you are up there you get insane views of the island.
Capri Italy
Capri Italy

Capri Italy

Capri Italy

Capri Shopping
what are these shoes?
Capri Shopping


Capri Italy

Capri Italy
I can not even put into words how beautiful this island is. Also if you are into treating yourself to luxury items you need to visit Capri, every designer has a shop there and it would be shopping paradise to people who like to splurge. After exploring the island of Capri and pretty much taking a zillion photos we got the tram back down and sat along the water front and of course people watched and drank cocktails, ate ice cream and caught the last ferry home.
Sorrento Italy

The next day we went to Sorrento, now this was the day where we planned to do Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Town, but it did not work out. However I am not too upset as it gives me an excuse to go back. We took the boat to Sorrento and it cost around €12 each way so cheaper than Capri, you can also drive to Sorrento and take the train. Sorrento is totally different to Capri, for me I wasn't in love with the place, it does get a lot of hype but I felt it was a serious tourist trap, there is about 100 shops that sell the same thing over and over and there is a lot of restaurants and cafes aimed at tourists. While I did enjoy my time in Sorrento, I will say this if there was a choice between Capri & Sorrento, 100% choose Capri.
Sorrento Italy

Sorrento Italy

Sorrento Italy

Sorrento Italy
Sorrento reminded me a little bit of a town in Cornwall, it had that vibe to it and its a place where the Italians go for the day to use the beaches etc. However the place is very pretty with its blue sea and quirky little streets and if you love lemon you will find pretty much anything lemon flavoured here.

On the last day we did some more sight seeing in Naples and hit the shops and basically took it easy, I tried a deep fried pizza which was strange and not what I expected. I witnessed about 10 cake shops that I wanted to live in and a zillion ice cream stores that I literally wanted to try every flavour. We checked out the Chiaia Area which is where the 'Posh' shops are such as Micheal Kors and Armani. Then we headed back to hotel packed up, raided the local supermarket for all the Italian goodies (got my brother an insane amount of chocolate) and finished off the holiday with another fantastic meal. Bellissimo!
Naples Breakfast
Breakfast one morning.....regrets nothing!

Naples

Naples

Our time in Naples and The Amalfi Coast was amazing and I would defiantly love to go back as soon as possible, next time I would love to hire and car and drive around the Amalfi coast and live like the Italians, La Dolca Vita style. Naples stole my heart and with its saying you either love or hate Naples I can 100% say I loved it.



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