ITALY 2014

travel

This year, I went to Italy for a week with my family, and we decided to visit the Amalfi Coast. I am fortunate enough to have travelled a fair bit in my life, and at 18 I have experienced some amazing holidays but honestly, nothing could compare to the beauty of the Southern Coast of Italy. The serenity of the coast is something I have never experienced before, and the views were one of a kind, so I have decided to share with you some of the incredible places I visited whilst we were there!

1. Driving through the mountains when we arrived. It was a 2 hour drive from Naples to the Coast, and the scenery was unforgettable.

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Through the mountains

2. One of the greatest hidden treasures of Amalfi is the secret woodland we stumbled across (by accident) when we were exploring the outskirts of our town. It had the feeling of being almost untouched by man whilst nature was thriving. We also came across a hidden and rather precarious looking ruin which led us on further. Unfortunately we didn’t proceed into the ruin as my father was concerned the ruin may collapse on us.

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Stepping into Narnia – through Italy

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Top left and right: The hidden ruins in the middle of a secluded woodland. Bottom left and right: the view from the harbour by our hotel

3. Positano and Capri. Two of the most picturesque places we visited. Capri is a small Island off the coast, and after taking a chair lift 1932 feet up the mountain (it was quite literally a chair on wire), we were awarded with stunning views. Although it was busier and filled with more tourists than other parts of Italy, the mountain gave us a spectacular view of a neverending sea and an intense feeling of serenity and calm. We arrived to Positano by boat, and as soon as we neared the harbour, the first thought that came to mind was that it was a postcard-perfect town. The sea was a mix of deep and light turqoise, with houses embedded within the rolling mountains surrounding us wherever we turned.

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Posetano and Capri

 

4. Climbing up countless mountains. Quite a few of the people who visited Amalfi, and the residents, spent their time on the beach fronts or in the sea and there were very few who risked getting sunburnt by climbing up these steep path. This meant is was very quiet at the top, and the peaceful atmosphere allowed us to appreciate the view even more.

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Blissful calm; at one with the mountains.

 

5. Spending the evening in the town centres. One of the best things about Amalfi for me was the night life. Everyone came out in the evenings, enjoyed a drink at around 5pm then ate dinner at around 10pm. Watching the sun set in the distance whilst sitting at the top of the stairs on a cathedral eating Italian ice cream was one of the highlights of our holiday. The evening air was warm, not too cool as to be uncomfortable, and the town would be buzzing with activity and the smell of tobacco. Every night spent in Italy was a perfect way to end such an incredible day, and I look forward to going back there again.

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The nights were just as mesmerising as the days. Top: sunset by our harbour. Bottom left: Sitting on the cathedral steps at midnight. Bottom right: amazing hotel room, inspired by Hollywood legends.

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