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Road Tripping Along the Amalfi Coast

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.

Italy Naples

Street Photography in Naples, Italy

“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.

Capri Italy

A Complete Travel Guide to Capri, Italy

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.

Italy Procida

A DAY TRIP TO PROCIDA ISLAND

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.

Italy Venice

Venice

For us Venice is a dream come true. Every corner you turn, you walk deeper into some real-life watercolor painting that a camera can never do justice. It’s a maze of canals and small streets, whimsical bridges, and colorful buildings. We were swept away by romantic Venice!

Italy Rome

Rome

“Ideally, you visit Rome slowly. You sit, you stroll, you take it slow and as it comes. You don’t go to see stuff, you let it slip up on you — one piazza, one fountain, one amazing structure at a time. That would be the best-case scenario.”
-Anthony Bourdain

Italy Milan

Milan: Shopping Weekend

Milan is the fifth-largest city in the European Union. Milan has something for everyone: world-class shopping and a thriving cultural scene. It’s set apart by its glamour and passions.

Begin your Milan exploration at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the oldest covered shopping arcade in town. It’s home to fashion giants such as Prada and Gucci.

Italy Tuscany

Under the Tuscan Sun!

I had visions of “Under the Tuscan Sun” in my head as I planned our getaway in Tuscan. Florence-the capital of Tuscan and the birthplace of the Renaissance is gorgeous but we are much more in love with the Tuscan countryside. The countryside is quite literally covered with vineyards and olive groves that give the rolling hills a deep green color with hints of golden as the sun glints off of the leaves. Just like in a movie!

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