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Our Italian Adventure Part 2

July 3rd – Pacentro → Maiori

We got to the Amalfi Coast Sunday July 3rd at 11:30pm, we stayed at the Residence Due Torri July 3rd – July 6th for around $500. The location was great, walking distance to the main areas in town, and a really nice less touristy beach to the left of the hotel down a secret stairway!

Our hotel was on the 5th floor, but because it was dark we didn’t know just how beautiful the view was from our window until the morning. We were both wide awake when we got to the Amalfi Coast and didn’t go to bed until 5am, so we decided to stay up and have two amazing bottles of wine from Carmine’s restaurant and enjoyed every drop!

Residence Due Torri has two different hotels right by each other, we had a kitchen which was nice because we walked to the store and grabbed food to save a little money during our stay. The showers were small and we did not get room service during our stay, also they told us we had to pay extra for towels which we found odd since we were paying a lot to stay there. Overall it was fine because we did not spend a lot of time at the hotel but if we go back to spend an extended amount of time I would not stay there again. So make sure to do some research before and determine your accommodation needs before booking your stay.

Some friends stayed at a beautiful hotel called Hotel Botanico San Lazzaro in Maori for the wedding. I would love to check it out next time we visit, it has beautiful views, amazing rooms and great customer service. The only downside is that it’s not conveniently located so getting to and from town can be a hassle / expensive if you are not able to walk everywhere.

July 4th – Maiori (Wedding Day)

When we got up the next day we made our way into town to explore and found a cute little restaurant in the most popular shopping area on the strip and had pizza, with salad on the patio. After we filled our bellies we decided to lay on the beach the rest of the day, it was packed full of people from all walks of life.

The wedding ceremony was scheduled to start at 6:45pm so we went back to the hotel to start getting ready. The wedding was in a restaurant / castle up the road from our hotel called Ristorante Torre Normanna. The ceremony ended up starting around 7:45pm and everyone made their way to the lower level of the castle to watch the marriage of Kim & GP on the ocean. After the ceremony drinks and appetizers began on the next level up, and the options were endless from sushi, to cheese to huge meat platters. After the appetizers we went upstairs into the dining room to start dinner, the decor was beautiful as well as the dishes that were presented. We had an eight-course meal and just when we thought we had gotten to the end they kept bringing more food out! After dinner and drinks it was time for the bride and groom to cut the cake. We made our way to the roof where we lit up sparklers and watched the cake get served to all the happy guests. By that time it was midnight and everyone moved to the lowest level of the castle for the after party, where dancing and more drinking took place. Josh and I were exhausted from a full day and excused ourselves to get some much needed rest.

July 5th – Maiori

The day after the wedding was a much needed rest day. After we got ready in the morning we grabbed some breakfast and then walked around the town exploring all the nooks and crannies this little village had. There was a lot of Christmas shopping done here, especially at Enoteca Del Corso, which had amazing sauces, vino, spices and more!

After we shopped for a bit we decided to explore the quieter beach by our hotel, so we packed our bags for the day and headed down the windy stairs to the water. Josh bought a pair of goggles so he could go snorkeling while I laid in the sun and read all day. The water was so warm and clear that I decided to jump in and swim around with him for a while and explore some of the caves in the area. The beach was pretty quiet until around 3, then more people started trickling in but it was still nicer than the main beaches which stay consistently packed throughout the whole day. We decided to pack up around 5:30 and got ready to head out for dinner.

We had dinner at Ristorante Pineta 1903 because Josh was craving gnocchi, and we ordered cous cous with veggies, and chicken with veggies. This place had a nice atmosphere and the food was great, I highly recommend it!

July 6th – Maiori → Naples → Santorini (Adventures along the Amalfi Coast)

We packed our bags in the morning to get ready for our evening flight to Santorini, before we left we had coffee at Dimitri’s coffee shop and went to the local market to get snacks for the day. We went back to a little beach we found by our hotel that we had swam at the day before and Josh sprinkled some of his grandmother’s ashes in the ocean. Then we made our way to Positano where everyone said we had to explore. The drive there was a little hectic, everyone and their mom seemed to be making their way to Positano that day, but once we go there we could see why. The town was very picturesque and we stopped at a cute little restaurant to sit on the porch and drink some champagne. After we relaxed we had an hour left to walk around the town, where we bought gifts for friends and family. While we enjoyed the short amount of time we visited Positano I would say it’s very touristy and would only go back during off season.

The peak season in Positano / Amalfi Coast is from May – end of September, and the worse time of year to go if you don’t like tourists is June, July and August. People like going during this time of year because everything is open and the average temperature in July is about 87 degrees during the day and about 68 degrees in the evening.

April and October are known as either the wind up or wind down months of the year, hotel prices are cheaper and the weather is still amazing. Off season is from November – March, keep in mind that not all of the hotels and restaurants will be open during this time so be sure to do your homework and plan in advance. The average temperature during the day is about 55 degrees in the day and 41 degrees at night, so if you’re looking to swim you may not be doing much during this time. But on the plus side the hotels will be cheaper and it will be less crowded.

Then it was time to get in the car again and drive back to Naples to drop off our car and fly to Santorini! We were going to drop off one of our bags at the hotel we were going to come back to in Italy after Greece, but the hotel (B & B Sleep Sweet) was so sketchy and in a terrible part of Italy that we ended up bringing them to hotel Kleopatra (the hotel we stayed at the first night) and paid them $25 to store for us. After we got to the airport we were starving again so we grabbed Panini’s quickly to bring on our flight.

Some other interesting facts and tips on the Amalfi Coast & Positano:

Positano was a known as a poor fishing village during the first half of the twentieth century. It began to attract more tourists in the 1950s, especially after John Steinbeck published his essay about Positano in Harper’s Bazaar in May, 1953: He wrote. “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”

To See: The old church – Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta. This is one of the most famous attractions in Positano, which was built in the 1920s and is the location of the famous 13th century Byzantine icon, the Madonna di Positano.

To Stay: http://www.booking.com/hotel/it/residence-2-torri.html
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g194806-d1812829-Reviews-Hotel_Botanico_San_Lazzaro-Maiori_Amalfi_Coast_Campania.html

Other Places to check out on Bookings.com: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g194806-Maiori_Amalfi_Coast_Campania-Hotels.html

To Try: Limoncello which is a lemon liqueur. It is the second most popular liqueur in Italy and it has recently become popular in other parts of the world. It is traditionally served chilled as an after-dinner digestivo in Italy. Restaurants in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand are now increasingly offering limoncello on their beverage and dessert menus.

To Eat: http://www.ristorantetorrenormanna.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/ristorante-pineta-1903-maiori

To Shop: http://salvatoreguadagno.com/enoteca-del-corso-maiori-amalfi-coast-tour-virtuale/

Do not stay here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187785-d1758639-Reviews-Sweet_Sleep-Naples_Province_of_Naples_Campania.html

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