If I had to choose the most romantic place I’ve ever traveled to, it would be the Amalfi Coast, Italy…hands down! So, if a European vacation is in your summer plans, don’t forget Southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Amalfi is more than just Amalfi, it is a group of small coastal towns that make up the Amalfi region. This area is easy to island-hop, but I do recommend a “home base” island.
After endless hours of Amalfi research, we settled on the island of Capri. We stayed 4 nights at The Capri Palace, a member of the Leading Hotels Group. The Capri Palace is located in the northwest corner of the island, in the peaceful town of Anacapri. Set at the foot of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island, Anacapri is made up of traditional whitewashed buildings and picturesque pedestrian lanes.
The property features 68 guestrooms, 2 Michelin-starred restaurants, a beach club, resort pool and their exclusive Capri Beauty Farm, a world-class medical spa facility.
Yes, the island is covered in gorgeous flowers, amazing restaurants, and designer shopping..but my favorite part of Capri is it’s beach clubs and dramatic views of the Mediterranean.
We were in London prior, so we flew Italia air London to Naples, ferry from Naples to Capri.
Charter a boat. We chartered a boat one full day, one afternoon and one evening for sunset. Seeing Capri from a different perspective allows you the freedom to explore the beautiful scenery by sea. We certainly did the touristy stuff- like a kiss under the Faraglioni rock, visit the blue grotto and take in the amazing architecture of the modernist Villa Malaparte perched over the water. However, my favorite part about Capri was seeing it from the water and being on a boat in the Mediterranean. The fact that it was 90 degrees in July probably assisted in favoring the water.
Take the chairlift from Anacapri up to Monte Solaro. It takes only 12 minutes and provides you with breathtaking views of the island.
Walk through the gardens at Villa San Michele. (right next to Capri Palace).
Walk the main streets of Capri.
We took the 45 min high-speed ferry from Capri to Positano and spent the day touring the island on foot. So much to see and soooo many stairs.
We took the 20 min high-speed ferry from Capri to Sorrento.
Stroll through the Lemon Grove at Villa Massa.
Walkthrough the narrow walkways by the cathedral, so narrow only pedestrians can fit through. Lastly, eat seafood at Marina Grande.
This was our very first trip using a “flexible” credit card. We had the Amex Platinum at the time. And although I’m still a fan of that card, I would suggest using an actual travel credit card such as Chase Sapphire Reserve. Your points will go much further. This hotel is still on the Chase portal starting at 80,000 points.
The Almalfi Coast is a bucket list trip that I would recommend for everyone! I am already trying to plan our next trip to Italy. I am Italy obsessed. The food, the views, the culture…LOVE Italy!
*some photos courtesy of the resort or restaurant.