Jaw-dropping coastline? Check. Postcard-perfect seaside towns? Check. Fresh, handmade pasta and creamy gelato? Check. Located in southern Italy, the Amalfi Coast is one of those places that was seemingly plucked straight out of a summer postcard. The area is connected by the 25 mile-long Strada Satale 163 with 1000 curly bends around the iconic coastline, passing through deep gorges, along high cliffs, and between lemon groves. Thirteen municipalities are located on the Amalfi Coast and each of the region’s 100 beaches is bordered by colorful umbrellas and locals/tourists working on their tans. Away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan affairs, the culture here is rustic, old-school, charming, and quaint.
The Amalfi Coast was always super high on my Italy bucket list. I had lusted after the picture-perfect views of pastel houses stacked on high cliffs rising from the oceans overlooking perfect beaches. So when the opportunity arose, I put together the 7-day Amalfi Coast road trip itinerary for our summer vacay. This road trip was absolutely a highlight of our summer to be able to visit this stretch of coastal paradise. If Amalfi is on your bucket list, then this guide will cover everything you need to know when you plan your trip to Amalfi Coast.
“Rome is stately and impressive; Florence is all beauty and enchantment; Genoa is picturesque; Venice is a dream city; but Naples is simply — fascinating.”
– Lilian Whiting
Destinations such as Venice, Florence, and Rome in the north might have all the gloss, but they also come across as a little artificial, a little too clean and touristy. Naples, on the other hand, has a life of its own; it is chaotic, raw, unfiltered, and unforgettable. There is no doubt that you see the authenticity in everything here. This is a city with texture – the good and the bad. As they say here, “Vedi Napoli e poi muori! — See Naples and die!” Naples street photography is a real must for the amateurs of this genre like my husband and me. I found photo opportunities everywhere I looked. In their simplicity, Naples shows the true beauty of the real Italian city. In this blog I will take you on a photo walk through the streets of Naples, capturing the history and the culture, soaking in the local life and chaos.
The island of Capri is famous for a reason. Capri’s beauty has made it a dream destination with jaw-dropping views, amazing cuisine, world-class shopping, and an amazing vibe. At Capri, you’ll find a mixture of island simplicity, stunning natural scenery, and a hint of dolce vita from the 1940s and ’50s that never seemed to fade. This island is reminiscent of the times when classic movie stars with oversized sunglasses and scarves around their neck strolling through the Piazzetta or stylishly tanning on a yacht. Capri still has an effortless glam that can’t be found anywhere else.
Capri is an island that has it all: scenic vistas, culinary delights, high end shopping, upscale hotels,…But there’s something extra here: a magical quality you won’t find just anywhere, and certainly won’t find in a day. Trust me when I say you need more time. Most tourists stop here for just a quick day trip, but I urge you to stay overnight to appreciate all that this island has to offer. Today, I’m sharing my Capri travel guide that will help you navigate the island whether you’re going just for a day trip or for an Italian getaway.
I fell for Procida as soon as I saw the view from the Terra Murata on my Instagram feed. It’s not the first time I visit a place influenced by this social network. And I’m glad that Procida surpassed my Instagram’s expectations. Procida is the smallest island in the Bay of Naples and despite its location (just a 40 minute hydrofoil ride from Naples) it’s not as well known compared to its sister islands – Capri and Ischia. In an article for National Geographic, the author made a good comparison:
“Capri is a king’s daugther of dazzling beauty, elegant, rich, proud and flirtatious. Ischia is like a princess – stylish, tasteful in monuments, and Procida is like a Cinderella – modest, unpretentious and at the same time beautiful in her simplicity.”
So why the Cinderella and why is it not as popular as the other two ladies? The island doesn’t have many particular sights of interest or attractions! Forget luxurious hotels, Michelin-star restaurants and designer clothing stores. This can be frustrating for travellers who would be better advised to come here for the island’s picturesque charm rather than to seek out cultural attractions. Procida seems to want to keep its secret to itself and has managed to retain its own unique character and genuine lived-in feel of the past century authentic fishing village. It’s the perfect place for a day trip from Naples.
Joshua Tree is a bohemian wilderness which has become the LA escape and is slowly changing to a hipster oasis welcoming those looking to escape the urban grind. Its spectacular landscape is filled with beautiful Joshua “trees,” which aren’t trees at all, but tree-like members of the yucca family. Barren landscape, magical starry sky, and spooky coyote howling all bring a sense of solitude and seclusion at the same time provide endless opportunities for adventures.
Artists, architects, and the design-enthusiasts are creating an array of stylish homes, many of which are available to rent on AirBnB. I bet that when you start looking into renting AirBnb in Joshua Tree, you will be completely overwhelmed by the many choices. So I’m here to help you narrow down the choices. About three years ago, while searching for the perfect desert oasis home we stumbled upon the Serenity Escape and we have been back to this lovely home every year ever since. There is something about the Serenity Escape that gave us an immediate home-away-from-home feel that we loved.