This past weekend the five Interns and our friend Katherine went to the Amalfi Coast together. Amalfi is about 4 hours south of Rome on the coast, very close to Naples. We booked through Bus2Alps which plans a lot of trips around Europe and organizes accommodations, transportation, tours and other fun things to do at a destination. We left Thursday night and arrived at our Hostel in Sorrento a bit late so we went to sleep before our early morning on Friday.
Friday we were out by 7:15 on our way to the Island of Capri, we took a boat tour around the Island, and learned some cool history about the Island. It is also know as Goat Island and we saw some goats in the hills while boating around. We went to the Blue Grotto which we were supposed to go swimming in but the tide was too high to get into the grotto so we just drove over and saw the blue rocks under the water, we also saw the green and white grotto [very original names]. We also drove through the Tunnel of Love which is a huge rock with a hole in it and there is a myth that if you don’t kiss someone while going under it you’ll have bad sex for 7 years so Katherine, Caroline and I did cheek-kisses just to be safe! We couldn’t have had a better view of the Island on the boat tour it was the perfect start to the day! After the boat tour we walked up from the docks to the town of Capri, it was no easy walk, about 15 minutes of uphill winding road but it was worth the view over the water. Our guides told us there is a really good lemon/orange slushie drink called Granita, they were soooooo good, just the right amount of sweet and refreshing after our walk up the hill. While we enjoyed our drinks we took some pictures with the beautiful view before getting on a bus to go even higher to Anacapri. Anacapri is the highest point on the island and had some really cute shops. The guides brought us to Carlo’s Sandal shop which is one of the many shops that hand-make their leather sandals. They were absolutely GORGEOUS and super expensive, it was fun to watch the man custom make the sandals but I had to resist getting a pair. There were also free chocolate and lemoncello samples for our group. We then had some lunch before going on the chairlift up to the highest point in Anacapri. I didn’t think the view could get any more beautiful until I got off the chairlift here and could see the entire island. I was in awe of how incredible the view was the water so, so blue every glance I took was more amazing than the last. Of course we had some more photo-ops and just enjoyed the view before heading back down to the town of Anacapri. We walked around town and bit and then decided to head back down to Capri to go for a swim before we headed back to Sorrento for the afternoon. The guides told us it was a 45 minute walk down hill, we thought no big deal were going down. WRONG it was more of a struggle than going up the stairs were all different heights so I had to look down the entire way so I didn’t fall. I had to stop walking to look up at the view every so often because it was too pretty to miss. All of our legs were uncontrollable shaking while walking down and when we got all the way finally down to the water we were so excited to take a refreshing swim in the clear blue water. The water was more than refreshing, almost too cold to be in actually. We waded in the water for a while and when we really started to get cold a girl swam by and told us there were some jellyfish around so we decided it was time to get out, dry off and hang out on the rocks. We went back to Sorrento and had dinner in town at a place called Il Leone Rosso (really good) before going to a beer garden called English Inn which was really cool and fun we danced all night to some pretty old music including the Cha-Cha slide and a Medley from Greece it was really entertaining.
Saturday we went to Positano for the day where we were supposed to go cliff jumping and cave swimming. I was super excited even though I was a little scared about cliff jumping I was pumped to do it. Unfortunately the weather was horrible–thunder and lightening so we couldn’t. We walked around to the shops in the torrential downpour before finally deciding to try and dry off and have some lunch. We needed lunch to last about 2 hours so we didn’t have to go back into the rain until it was time to leave. Natalie was a pro and I think ate her pesto linguini noodle by noodle to make lunch last longer. It was kind of a bummer that the weather was so crappy in Positano but it wasn’t a bad day. Natalie, Katherine, Caroline and I went into Sorrento for dinner again, it was called Tasso and it was delicious. Girls night was fun, having some really good food, prosecco and just chatting! We wanted to go out in Sorrento after, there didn’t seem to be much going on, it was a little early. But, we found this Irish bar called Chaplins we walked by and the owner yells to us, “girls come in and have a drink with us!” followed by “jelly-shots?” which was really funny, how could we resist? It was an older crowd in there but they were having a BLAST dancing with the Scottish man in a kilt and hanging out. It was such a fun night (and we didn’t have to worry about the usual relentless Italian guys trying to talk to us with this crowd). We went back to the hostel and hung out with the boys and some other people on the trip up on the roof which had an amazing view!
Sunday we woke up to check out of the hostel and head to Pompeii. The weather was a little gloomy but the ruins were so cool to see. We took a guided tour which was really interesting, I would have had no idea what I was looking at if we didn’t go on the tour. One of the most interesting things to me was that on the street corners there were 2 markings, the first, original ones were the symbols used by the ancient people of Pompeii as street signs and the second were indicators for the guides when walking around. Some of the highlights we saw the plaster molds of the people killed from the poisonous gas released from Mount Vesuvius when it erupted and destroyed the city. As well as a villa, the bathe house and their ‘red light district’.
It was such a fun weekend away, beautiful, relaxing (as well as exhausting) but Sunday I was definitely ready to get home. Coming back to Rome was definitely coming back home. It was nice to walk back into our apartment in Garbatella and see our roomies and pretty much collapse before we started another busy week in Rome!