I’m a firm believer in the idea that you need to experience a place to really say you’ve been there. Yet, money can often be an issue, so staying in a top location isn’t always possible. Should it stop you? No. Here’s my one-day guide to Capri and some bits of the Amalfi Coast.
Naples to Capri and Positano
You can’t miss the view from Via Cristoforo Colombo,
[/caption]You can’t miss the view from Via Cristoforo Colombo, on the right of Via Dei Mulini. Pretty much every corner gives you a panoramic Insta shot. If you don’t believe me, ask the Insta influencers that dressed up with way warmer clothes than I could bear on a hot August day and blocked traffic to take pictures.
On the other side of Via Dei Mulini is a less touristy but equally beautiful view of Positano with stunning boutiques where pricey bikinis and sarong will make you regret you are not an oligarch.
Everywhere in Positano offers pretty swell pizza and cuoppo (a paper cone filled with fried seafood), but we went to La Scogliera by the beach for a yummy lemon sorbet inside a giant Positano frozen lemon. Worth the price – a whopping €6 – but you could eat so much more for that price in Naples!
But what about the main beach at Positano? Don’t hate me, but as a Sardinian I’ve seen way better beaches. To me, the beach means relaxing, reading, not hearing too much noise and not being stepped onto by tourists. Alas, Positano beach in high season isn’t what I’d call a dream beach. However, it was a brilliant panoramic spot for a bikini shot in front of the city’s gorgeous buildings, and it provided much needed solace from the heat – so, overall, worth a stop.
Things to do in Sorrento
Sorrento is probably the least “beachy” out of the cities covered in this post – but it still has a pretty decent beach area, with beautiful wood-paneled planks suspended over the sea and the rocks.
The main city is a real treat, with plenty of cute tiny alleys, panoramic lookabouts and gorgeous churches. My favourite spot has to be the Chiostro di San Francesco, a church and monastery which hosts fantastic exhibitions.
The Chiostro’s garden has an amazing gothy, Buffy feel to it, while the building itself has a panoramic terrace which also hosted a Sophia Loren exhibition.
Get your ass to Capri and the Amalfi Coast. It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune.