Exploring Positano and the Amalfi Coast

Italy is full of gems, and luckily staying in Sant'Agnello was an ideal base point for exploring loads of Italy's most iconic and gorgeous locations - including the glittering multicoloured stretch of Amalfi Coast...

(As you can see, the hill of Positano is an excellent backdrop to reading a good book on the beach)

We decided to visit Positano before taking a second trip along the coast to Amalfi, as Positano is about half an hour closer to Sorrento than its neighbouring beach town, and because I had heard so much of its incredible landscape, I was too excited to delay seeing it for myself!

As the Amalfi Coast is so popular, I would recommend getting the slightly pricier Sightseeing bus, as opposed to a public bus, as they are air-conditioned and you won't have to stand (during the busy summer season, the public buses tend to be packed a bit like sardines).

We got an early breakfast and picked the earliest ticket to Positano...

Clearly, it did not disappoint!

Not only were the candy-coloured houses the perfect jumble of Wes Andersonesque fantasy buildings, the sapphire-blue sea was dotted with a divinely rich array of clean white boats and ships, ready to whisk the inhabitants and tourists away to nearby Capri, or simply allow them to enjoy the views from the sea.

We had a look around the touristy shops, similar to those in Sorrento, before settling onto the beach with our books, and as many big bottles of water as we could carry!

Apr├Ęs sea, we bought amazing gelati in the town (when in Italy, the land famed for its ice cream, it would be rude not to!)

Like I did with my bikini, I mix-and-matched my ice cream, picking the surprisingly amazing combination of golden chocolate and pomegranate cheesecake. Yum.

And then a couple of days later - after revisiting Sorrento and taking a trip to Pompeii - we headed to Amalfi.

Amalfi is about 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Sorrento, and it's a little bit smaller than Positano, but that makes it ideal for relaxing!

(The relaxing is very very necessary after the rollercoaster ride of a bus journey - continuous hair-pin bends are, it has to be said, quite unsettling. Take lots of water, have food in your stomach, and travel in a vehicle with air-con!)

It has a large square, but the town is simply one street! In it you can find a number of pizza stops, limoncello shops and a molto grande church.

My favourite shop was this limoncello one! For some reason, everyone else seemed to be looking past it, perhaps preoccupied with the church - but I thought it was exceptionally quaint and delightful.

And then we headed back to Sorrento, just in time to catch the sunset from our room.

Have you ever visited the Amalfi Coast, or do you have some plans for jetting there in the future?

If you're nearby in Italy, it is definitely worth a visit!

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