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Driving from Naples to Sorrento

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Driving for Road-Trippers is never tiring. Its their love. Its their passion. Its their life. Amalfi Coast is the ultimate dream for every road lover. Starting from Naples, this one and only driving experience is going to take your breath away. Hop into my car from Naples to Sorrento to experience the Majestic Amalfi Coast.

NAPLES
HERCULANEUM
MT. VESUVIUS
POMPEII
SORRENTO

Naples:

Naples

The trip begins from the Pizza Capital of the world, Napoli. Once, a transportation hub of Italy, is filled with various ruins from the Roman Era, authentic food and UNESCO listed streets! But, this not-so-beautiful city will probably be your car pickup point, so this is the best place to start your journey along the world-famous Amalfi Coast.

In Napoli, Your biggest priority should be to try the Pizza.

It’s so scrumptious.

The most Pizzacious area in Napoli
The reason behind delicious PIZZAS in Italy

The city is clustered with ancient churches, authentic pizzerias and Neapolitan street life. One side of the city is so clustered and touched with old city life experiences and the other side (near to the coast) opens to all the poetic vibes inside of you.

Pompeii Erotica Room experience could prove to be a good start for your road trip.

Herculaneum:

Herculaneum

Easier to reach than Pompeii, this city of ruins is your second stop. The city that was drowned in mud is surprisingly well preserved. Casa d’Argo is one stop you can make which will show you how a noble Roman family’s house looked like back then. Casa dei Cervi shows you the villa type of the same.

Mt Vesuvius:

Mt. Vesuvius

While driving towards Mt. Vesuvius, make sure you stop at Museo dell’ Osservatorio Vesuviano, a museum which closely shares with you, the 2100 years old history of the constantly monitored volcano. It serves as the oldest volcanic observatory in the world.

Mount Vesuvius is located in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. This bus-accessible mountain, standing at a height of 1281 meters, having blown its cap more than 25 times, is the reason of the Pompeii disaster. Still being one of the deadliest active volcanos in the world, claimed 2000 innocent lives in the ancient God’s Act. The Pompeii eruption converted it into a double peaked structure.

Mt. Vesuvius in the background

The peak of Vesuvius also offers a great panoramic sight of Napoli. You can either hike up to the mountain’s peak or take a horse-back ride up to the top.

The end of the road is the summit car park as well as the ticket counter. This is the point where you start walking/hiking. It is mostly windy and cold/chilly at the top so carrying one jacket wouldn’t hurt. Remember, the path is shut during bad weather conditions.

Pompeii:

Pompeii

Heading back from the same road from where you came up for fairly 20-30 kilometers and then heading towards Oplontis & Boscoreale via A3 Highway will take you to Pompeii via these amazing optional one-stoppers.

Pompeii Ruins

The great volcanic forces that reside deep below the city of Pompeii attracts more than 2 million tourists every year to investigate the remains of what was the commercial center of Italy hundreds of years ago. The ruins of Pompeii need a lot of time and dedication.

It is one of the world’s most enthralling archeological experiences. Pompeii was not just blown away by Mt. Vesuvius but buried under volcanic rocks. Till date, you can witness the preserved city of Pompeii with its strong foundations, buildings and brothels from the Roman Era.

Roman Theatre in Pompeii

4 to 5 hours is what you can dedicate to these ruins. There are buildings and important temples inside these ruins which date back to the 2nd Century B.C. An audio guide would be a clever investment (<10$).

I will be writing a separate blog on Pompeii so you can read that (in the future) for a better experience in Pompeii.

Sorrento:

The island Capri as seen rom Sorrento

Making an optional fast stop at Castelllammare which was once a holidaying hub for once-upon-a-time rich Romans, you can start driving towards Sorrento.

I would call Sorrento, the Base of Amalfi Coast. It serves as the perfect place to explore the Northern and Southern coasts. The best of peninsula’s untouched countryside is to the East Coast, to the North- Pizza Capital and offshore is the island of Capri.

Sorrento

If you want to stay anywhere in Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is undoubtedly the best choice. From Marina Grande to Duomo to Valley of Mills, Sorrento has it all. Sorrento is also famous for teaching the art of making your own Gelato, the world-famous ice-cream, and also other Italian specialties. Home to a ‘ lemon-liquor ’ type of drink called ‘ limoncello ’. Also, it is the best port to get to Capri Island. That’s another universe I must tell you. I will be writing about it in the near future, stay tuned!

Vai ad Amalfi !

Amalfi Road Trips

“A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places.”

– Tom Lichtenheld

Amalfi Coast is the place which often pops up in people’s mind when they talk about Road Trips. It is one of the best drives in the entire world beating coasts of Spain, great ocean roads of Australia and the Route 66 in USA. It holds a scenic variety which is stronger than any other road trips in the world. The shadows of Vesuvius and the Port of Naples offers you many destinations along the way where could visit, have a cappuccino, shop a little while you drive along the coast.

Today, I will share with you; the possible road trips you can take during your stay along the Amalfi Coast. They can help you plan your trip (also, road trips) perfectly.

Naples to Sorrento (Road Trip Option 1)

Naples

Naples is considered as the starting point of the Amalfi Coast. Mostly, because it is one of the most important ports in South Italy. Also, one of the biggest. Stopping at each town for a day at least would easily consume your week.

Pompeii and Herculaneum consume lot of your time, therefore, keeping a day for each one of them makes sense. Halting at Sorrento is also another wise choice because that is the best place from where you could reach Capri. Even if you decide against staying at Capri, it is only Sorrento from where you se to witness the entire coast on a clear day.

Click here to read about this road trip.

NAPLES
HERCULANEUM
MT. VESUVIUS
POMPEII
SORRENTO

 

Naples:

N.A.P.L.E.S

The trip begins from the Pizza Capital of the world, Napoli. Once, a transportation hub of Italy, is filled with various ruins from the Roman Era, authentic food and UNESCO listed streets! But, this not-so-beautiful city will probably be your car pickup point, so this is the best place to start your journey along the world-famous Amalfi Coast.

Herculaneum:

Herculaneum

Easier to reach than Pompeii, this city of ruins is your second stop. The city that was drowned in mud is surprisingly well preserved. It is destined to be your 2nd stop.

Mt Vesuvius:

Mt. Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is located in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. This bus-accessible mountain, standing at a height of 1281 meters, having blown its cap more than 25 times, is the reason of the Pompeii disaster. It is still one of the deadliest active volcanos in the world. Around 2000 innocent lives were taken in this God’s act.

Pompeii:

Pompeii

The great volcanic forces that reside deep below the city of Pompeii attracts more than 2 million tourists every year to investigate the remains of what was the commercial center of Italy hundreds of years ago.

Sorrento:

Sorrento

I would call Sorrento, the Base of Amalfi Coast. It serves as the perfect place to explore the Northern and Southern coasts. From Marina Grande to Duomo to Valley of Mills, Sorrento has it all. Sorrento is also famous for teaching the art of making your own Gelato, the world-famous ice-cream. It is also known as the Panorama City because of its ability to provide fantastic views of the coast.

Click here to read about Driving from Naples to Sorrento

Sorrento to Paestum(Road Trip Option 2)

Sorrento

The panoramic city, Sorrento, has a lot to offer. Even this can prove to be a great spot to start your road trip. It could comprise of Capri before you hit the road or could also be your first activity of the trip. Suit yourself! The next stop you would want to make is Amalfi City and Salerno. Both the cities have a lot to offer. Staying there for a day or two would be perfect.

SORRENTO
VICO EQUENSE
PIMONTE
AMALFI CITY
SALERNO
PAESTUM
 

Sorrento:

Capri as seen from Sorrento

I would call Sorrento, the Base of Amalfi Coast. It serves as the perfect place to explore the Northern and Southern coasts. From Marina Grande to Duomo to Valley of Mills, Sorrento has it all. Sorrento is also famous for teaching the art of making your own Gelato, the world-famous ice-cream, and also other Italian specialties.

Vico Equense:

There is not much you can do here but, this cliff-top town looks magical in itself. Crossing it while coming from Sorrento would make it a nice meal-stop at a Pizzeria which is considered to be run by the family who created Pizza in Italy. That’s a BIG YES-YES for a Pizza isn’t it?

Pimonte:

A hidden town among the mountains with narrow streets rolling downwards; this can be your street-shopping stop during this road trip. This town isn’t much of a touristy place so expect some stares for sure. They aren’t used to new people barging in their towns without any reason.

Amalfi City:

Amalfi City

The Amalfi City looks exactly like the paintings we used to see as children. Same old spark along with pretty colors and small houses slanting down a mountain. The scene is immensely beautiful. More than the real paintings. The most important part of Amalfi is that none of the modernization happening in the country has affected its beauty. Be it the construction or technological advancements.

Salerno:

Have you ever seen a perfect Postcard? Yes or No? Salerno is that perfect postcard for you. Even though all the towns and villages along the Amalfi Coast are perfect for creating a postcard, Salerno tops that list. One of the most livable cities in South Italy, Salerno is a major port and a transport hub.

Paestum:

The city of Poseidon is one of the oldest cities along the Amalfi Coast. Although a day trip, there are temples which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Temple of Neptune is the most preserved dating back to 400’s B.C.

Paestum to Sapri (Road Trip Option 3)

This stretch of the drive could take you more than 150 kms away from Salerno through cities like Paestum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Sapri, a Beach-aroma.

PAESTUM
AGROPOLI
VELIA
PISCIOTTA
SAPRI

Paestum:

The city of Poseidon is one of the oldest cities along the Amalfi Coast. Although a day trip, there are temples which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temple of Neptune is the most preserved dating back to 400’s B.C.

A trading port until Romans finally lost and left. You can see the temples and basilica which is the oldest surviving monument in the city. Ancient churches, remains if various castles and charming streets will keep you all warmed up.

Agropoli:

A tranquil town is what I would describe it as. Agropoli is one of the largest towns along the Cilento Coast, attracting visitors through its sprightliness since decades. Located just south of Paestum, this pleasant town could be an option for your short visit along the coast.

Guardian of the Peninsula is what they call it. A bit unusual name for another unusual name isn’t it?

Velia:

Crossing towns like Castellabate (once used to defend against Pirates), Pioppi and Acciaroli, you come across a town known as Velia. Obviously, created by the Greeks, was once a popular resort for wealthy Romans with theaters and thermal baths attracting most of them. Well, now, only ruins though. Walking inside the ruins is one fun time-travelling activity you can be a part of.

Pisciotta:

One of the most charming towns along the coast, Pisciotta is a senior rule town. Most residents are elderly who kind of think they rule it :p .

Sapri:

This natural harbor could be your lest destination on the Amalfi Coast. A perfect setting for a tourist. This town delivers some high-quality beaches which are just dreamy!!!

 

These are some of the road trip options you should consider while driving along the Amalfi Coast. Road Trips are a great way to be a part of something and yet be able to leave it happily some time later. That tiny amount of happiness you get eating a Pizza in a 400 B.C. medieval town is fascinating. Also, the pizza tastes better sitting beside the mighty sea.

Goditi il ​​viaggio!

Michelangelo Square – A Skyline Paradise

“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”

–      Pico Iyer

The Skyline of Florence has always been something Italy has always boasted of. I know it’s not a view of the Central Park of New York or skyscrapers of Hong Kong, but you don’t get to see these many cute red houses with a big red dome at the center either in New York or in Hong Kong.

The Ultimate View from Michelangelo Square

I strongly feel that this fascinating view of the city from Michelangelo Square is surely going to change your idea about what a skyline should look like. Trust me, it’s as beautiful as any other skyline in the world.

Also, it is the best way to end your trip in Florence. You would want that vista to be the last memory of Florence.

You can also hike (basically walk) up to this point but I would suggest you to take a taxi or a bus if you don’t want to suffer a lot.

A Tower Viewer placed there gives you a nice view overall. Of course, only if it is working (because 90% of it doesn't work around the Globe). 😀

What to do here?

  • For photographers, it’s a dreamland. From time-lapses to panoramas, you can capture everything from here. If you have a nice zooming lens, then our beloved Dome is already posing for you.

Have a look at some photos below.

Click here to read about “Best ways to visit The Dome”

Another View
View from almost the top of the hill
  • For Families, it’s a great viewpoint to click your Snaps and Stories- be it with The Dome or Michelangelo.  Also, there are stalls here to shop, to eat ice-cream and birds to play with (chargeable). Your kids will love this place to hang out and you would love this place to have wine with your loved ones at sunset. Couples can also come here and have a nice romantic evening.
There are people giving out birds for some time to get yourself clicked in front of The Dome.
A perfect picture for any family.
Annnnnd a Snap is a must...
Annnnnd one more...
  • For locals, it’s a usual place to hang out, have a few beers and talk about how to go for a holiday to other countries while we sit here and talk about how to efficiently visit Florence. How cool that is? 😛
Addio! Firenze ti mancherà !

Ponte Vecchio – The Oldest Bridge of Florence

“You may have the Universe, if I may have Italy” 

– Giuseppe Verdi

It isn’t always “tall towers” or “large piazzos” that you must see. Sometimes, you have to take time out for something simple and serene; something old; something that has seen seasons upon seasons; something that has been mentioned in books by the Greats. Here in Florence, that’s Ponte Vecchio.

First sight of Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio is the oldest standing bride in Florence. She is one of the most visited attractions in the most visited city of Tuscany.

Why so??

Worry not, I have all the answers.

  • It offers a beautiful view, a lovely sunset to be more specific.  
  • It has great cafes and eating joints nearby. The Cappuccino, OMG!! 
  • It offers great shopping- from branded clothes to local leather and artifacts.  

In essence, it recites to us, the history of the Ancient Roman Empire, the story of destruction during the wars, and how, after all this, it has stood tall as a landmark for the country.

You also get these beautiful masks here on the bridge as part of the local shopping. I know things like these are common in various places and countries, but it is always fun to indulge yourself in experiences like these. You should always bring a memento from a place you visit. That’s my model mother trying not to pose. 😛

According to me, Ponte Vecchio is an amazing spot for tourists as well as for the locals. From shopping to views, it has everything. You can have a nice time here regardless of what genre of travel you follow (just like this couple below).

Here, you can shop for branded clothes, local leather and hand-made artifacts showcasing Italy’s history. You can have a nice meal by the river Arno and sip a tasty cup of Cappuccino in a local café.

I remember Dean Martin mentioned in his song,

 “Italians love to sip a cup of Cappuccino.”  

Live for the experience – be Italian. 😀

International brands like H&M, etc. plus local shops for genuine Italian Leather are very common here.

Earlier on, the bridge would be occupied by butchers and fishmongers, who would prepare their meat right away and throw away the waste directly into the river.

FACT: THE LARGE WINDOWS IN THE CENTRE WAS CREATED FOR ADOLF HITLER’S VISIT BY MUSSOLINI IN 1939. HITLER LOVED THE VIEW SO MUCH THAT HE SPARED THIS BRIDGE DURING THE ATTACK IN 1944, WHILE HE LAY WASTE TO MANY OTHER BRIDGES IN FLORENCE.  

The View, Hitler fell in love <3 with.

Nowadays, there is an area on the bridge where people come and hang a lock there (just like the one in Paris). See for yourself below. 

Leave something behind, eh?
Even my mother gave it a whirl. 😛

There are many angles from which you can look at the bridge. On our way to the Michelangelo Square, we stumbled upon an area from where we got a very nice view of all four bridges on the river Arno, including Ponte Vecchio. Have a look.  

CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLOG ON MICHELANGELO SQUARE.

River Arno with four bridges over it

Ponte Vecchio requires just 1 hour of your time which includes clicking all the Instagram worthy photos.

But you need at least 3-4 hours in order to fully enjoy the spectacular viewsthe coffee, the leather shopping and all the other local experiences. Have a good time here at Ponte Vecchio. 

FACT: THE SHOPKEEPERS SELLING LEATHER LITERALLY TRIES TO BURN THE LEATHER WITH A LIGHTER OR A MATCHSTICK TO PROVE THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE LEATHER. GUESS WHAT? IT DOESN’T BURN. EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN BUYING LEATHER (WHICH I THINK YOU SHOULD BE), GO TO THESE SHOPS AND WITNESS THIS AMAZING WAY OF SELLING. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS STYLE AND IT COST ME A LOT OF MONEY! LOL!

Ponte Vecchio at its best.
Arrivederci, Addio !
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