The Amalfi Coast – a Little Piece of Heaven in Italy

When we got married I didn’t really make a fuss over the wedding or the honeymoon on social media. After 2,5 years I decided it is time to unveil the latter since a Finnish travel magazine Mondo listed our honeymoon location as one of the top 15 locations to not miss in 2015. Yes, the dreamy place is Amalfi Coast and when reading the article, all the beautiful and romantic memories came back to me.

I’m sure many of you are searching for the perfect honeymoon location at the moment and I truly recommend Amalfi Coast.

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I had no idea we were going on a trip for our honeymoon. Our wedding started our summer holiday and I was prepared to spend a week at a Finnish summer house, which meant I had an abundance of thick clothing and wool socks with me. But boy was I surprised when my husband handed me an envelope on the first morning as a married couple. Inside was a beautiful photo of a turqoise sea, umbrellas and cliffs. Flying out in two days. So overly romantic it may make some people sick, but so is the Amalfi coast. Romantic with a capital R.

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On the Amalfi Coast the little towns are like pearls in a necklace and the cliffs dive into the turquoise sea. The road lingers from town to town all the way to the tip of the peninsula and the town of Sorrento. The water is warm and clear and the food is delicious. The easiest way to reach the coast is by flying into Naples, taking a rental car and driving the 100 km distance.

Believe it or not, there was romance involved in our rental car as well. J had booked us a black Fiat 500 with a skylight, my ultimate favorite. Just because he knew I would love it. Though, it will serve as a useful tip to mention you shouldn’t try driving along Amalfi Coast in anything bigger than that, the roads are too narrow.  Even the Fiat 500 felt huge when we were trying to shove it in any of the parking lots or when a bus drove towards us on the curvy roads. In short, take the smallest rental car you can find and pair it up with a load of patience on the road. Well, to be honest, even with our temper, at the end of the week the Fiat had only one scratch and we had only one parking ticket.

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It’s hard to tell where one town ends and another begins. They are like buttons, all equally rustic, romantic, colorful, narrow and charming. There’s a church and loads of geraniums and mopeds in all of them. My personal favorites are Amalfi, Minori and Maiori. We often drove to Amalfi for dinner and Locanda del Marinaio (klik!) next to the cathedral had the best pizzas in town.

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It is worth bearing in mind that most of the Amalfi Coast hotels are not on the beach, but in the teeny towns. For the most part the hotels do not have their own beaches and people go to the public ones. But since we had a car we didn’t need to stay right in town next to the restaurants and shops so J had booked us a wonderful hotel close to the town of Marmorata that had something better than a beach. We usually prefer smaller boutique hotels but I have to say this Best Western was an excellent choice. The rooms were nothing too fancy or special, but the pool area by the sea and the views at breakfast were beyond words. When I saw the umbrellas by the sea I recognized the photo in the envelope.

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Mondo Magazine recommended the town of Positano which, I’m sure, is also a good choice. Especially if you don’t have a rental car. Positano is one of the bigger towns on the coast and you are sure to stay fit walking up and down the streets. And I mean literally up. Uphill. Take a look at the photos and you will see.

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If you also have your very own Fiat it is definitely worthwhile to take a trip to Sorrento. From there you can also catch the ferry to the isle of Capri which I hear is gorgeous.

Although the distance in kilometers from Marmorata to Sorrento is not far, only 30 or so, it easily takes an hour and a half. And the best part is popping in all the little towns along the way.

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20120712-DSC_0193Another good day trip destination is the city of Pompeii, buried under the lava after the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. If you have the freedom of choice, for this particular trip it is good to pick a day as cool as possible as on a hot summer day Pompeii is like a sauna with no exit. The historic area is interesting and we survived in the heat by staying in the shade and drinking lots of cold water. And the Fiat A/C also made me pretty happy.

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This trip was, in many ways, one of the best holidays we have ever had. The location was gorgeous, we had beautiful weather, but what made it even more special was that J had planned it all just for us. And it was a surprise which made the whole feeling of it all unique. Often the secret ingredient of a perfect getaway is a feeling beyond words.

Dear all, go to Italy. You shouldn’t skip it.

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