Although we were married back in December, my husband and I didn’t get around to going on our European honeymoon until just a few weeks ago. It was the perfect trip for us since I have been actively trying to get to Europe for a few years now, but our itinerary was slow enough to allow lots of down time for romantic strolls and afternoon naps.
Here’s a brief (ish) recap of our trip as well as my thoughts on our hotels and some of our more memorable meals.
Day 1 – We arrived in Naples around 6:30PM Italy time after nearly 24 hours of travel. We had hired a private driver, who was waiting for us in baggage claim, and we immediately headed to Sorrento. After a long night/day of air travel, I was extremely thankful for a pre-arranged private transfer to our hotel. Both Hubby and I were exhausted, and any hiccups at this point in the trip would have resulted in MAJOR crankiness! Needless to say, we went to bed almost immediately after arriving at our hotel.
Days 2 & 3 – Sorrento
Let me just say, I loved our days in Sorrento! We spent both days exploring the main square and all it had to offer – shops, chapels, cafes, and even a lemon grove. Probably the biggest contributing factor to my love for Sorrento was our AMAZING hotel – Maison La Minervetta. The hotel is gorgeous, our room was large and cozy, the staff was friendly and helpful AND they served an amazing breakfast spread on the large patio every morning. And the view!
On our second night, we took a hotel recommendation and headed down to Marina Grande to have dinner at Ristorante Delfino. The highlight of this meal was absolutely the amazing view of sunset. Delfino’s specializes in seafood, and while neither Hubby or I are big seafood fans, we both highly enjoyed our meals, and the service is fantastic.
Our last night in Sorrento we ate at a little restaurant hidden down a side street off the piazza called Inn Bufalito. This dinner turned out to be one of my favorite meals of the trip. We ate simply – my husband had a chicken dish, and I had ravioli – but everything was fresh and delicious. And we finished with an amazing chocolate milk cake that was beyond description. Both restaurants come highly recommended by this girl!
Day 4 – Amalfi Coast Car Tour
On this day, we took our only pre-organized tour, which was a private car tour of the Amalfi Coast. We departed Sorrento with stops in Ravello and Amalfi before our final drop in Positano. Despite cloudy weather, the coast is beautiful, and all these towns are worth a visit. The cathedral in Amalfi is breathtaking, and if you are Christian or just a history buff, it contains a few church relics – including the bones of St. Andrew – that may peak your interest. We also spent about an hour walking through the expansive gardens at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello.
One travel tip of note: if it is suggested you tour a ceramics factory, this is little more than a glorified sales pitch. They show you how they make the customized ceramic tables costing thousands of dollars, but you feel fairly obligated to make a purchase. Luckily, I had been wanting a new spoon rest anyway!
Days 5 & 6 – Positano
In general, Positano is a beautiful, picturesque town, and you can see why it gets a lot of hype when discussing the Amalfi Coast. Our visit was maybe a bit early in the season, and many of the beach clubs weren’t yet operational. We spent our 3 nights in Positano at the lovely Villa La Tartana. Our room had a small private balcony with an amazing view of the beach and Positano, and the sweetest Italian man served breakfast and cappuccinos in the mornings. The location is also ideal if you will be getting around by foot. I recommend making sure you upgrade to the larger room at this hotel since otherwise, the rooms are barely larger than closets.
We had our best meal of the trip in Positano at Next2. By far the best food, and well worth the 20 minute uphill walk! We also really enjoyed our casual lunch at Capricci (just the sandwich shop, not the main restaurant).
At the suggestion of our travel agent, we also made the trip to Don Alfonso for a special dinner on our second night in Positano. We had an amazing bottle of wine, and the food was certainly delicious; however if you don’t enjoy formal, fine dining, I would recommend you skip this one. I’m a closet foodie, but Hubby is much happier at the corner pizzeria, and Don Alfonso was a bit much for him in terms of both formality and menu offerings. He did perk up a bit during the tour of the wine cellar when we were told the deepest section was built in the 6th century BC. Our next trip may include a night in the hotel just so we can see the wine cellar again!
Day 7 – Private Yacht Transfer to Capri
Our transfer to Capri was possibly my favorite day of our honeymoon. I have a thing for boats. I admit it. But my bias for nautical travel aside, if your budget allows for this option, do it! We hired a yacht and captain for a full day tour, which allowed us to see all the sites on the way to the Isle of Capri as well as all the grottos and well-known rock formations around the island. We even spent a few quiet hours docked near Marina Piccola drinking wine and sunbathing/napping. On a warmer day, we could easily have spent the afternoon swimming in the Mediterranean as well.
Days 8 & 9 – Capri
Without a doubt, Capri deserves the adoration it has received from the rich and famous for centuries. There is beauty everywhere you look, and the island is overflowing with character. We spent our days hiking from one side of the island to the other. We walked the Phoenician Steps, toured the ruins of Villa Jovis and hiked the full length of the Pizzolungo. Both Hubby and I loved every second, and if you do nothing else, the walk along Pizzolungo is a must if only for the view. Just be sure you start at the Natural Arch or you will be facing many stairs up at the end of the journey!
We stayed at the Hotel La Palma on Capri, which is the oldest hotel on the island. The location is fabulous – right in the square, the rooms are large and lovely, and the breakfast spread is fantastic. The hotel has maintained a retro feel, especially in the guest rooms, but it provides all the modern amenities you could need.
Our best meal on Capri came from Ristorante Faraglioni. The cute outdoor booths along the sidewalk caught our eye, and we were pleased that the food and service were just as good as the atmosphere. Our server had a big personality, and since the dinner crowd was light so early in the tourist season, they did a bit more customization with our meals than what was offered on the menu.
Day 10 – Naples
We caught the afternoon ferry from Capri to Naples. While this was certainly a lot more cost efficient than our private transfer from Positano, it also felt a lot more like transportation than vacation! We spent this final night at the Grand Hotel Parkers in Naples before departing for our return flight the next day. We received a bottle of honeymoon champagne upon checking in at the hotel, which was a much appreciated gesture as the end of the trip began to weigh on our minds.
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