If you have been following along on my Instagram, then you know I have been traveling a lot lately throughout Europe with Royal Caribbean Cruises on their 'Jewel of the Seas.' It was completely magical to say the least. It was a ten-day cruise with stops throughout Italy, Greece and Turkey (can we talk about awesome?!).
We took off from Rome and our first stop was to Naples, Italy. We hopped off the cruise ship first thing in the morning so we could squeeze in as much as we could and maximize our time. Italy is one of my favorite countries to visit so I didn't want to miss a thing!
Instead of exploring Naples, we opted to hop in a car and head straight to Positano, nestled below the beautiful cliffs along the Amalfi Coast. Have you guys ever been? I have been dying to go for forever. One of my best friends from childhood got married in Ravello (a small town situated above the cliffs) and sadly I had to miss it due to our IVF schedule, so I was so so so so SO happy to finally have the chance to visit. I am sure you have seen pictures of this charming town all over your Instagram and Pinterest feed at some point.
A short drive from Naples, Positano is totally worth a visit if you ever get the chance! You will drive along the winding cliffside road that has sparkling ocean and rocky cliffside views that are impossible to beat. We just had to pull over along the way to capture the view. How gorgeous are those creamy pastel cliffside homes?! The colors are breathtaking, am I right?!
Once we made it to the city, I was swept up in its charm. From the locals serenading us in the streets to street vendors selling the cutest hats (you know what a hat lady I am)... I was in heaven!
If you are looking for more great views, I recommend you head to Le Sireuse Hotel. It's a gorgeous spot located in the center of the village with a great view of the famed dome roofed church of Positano. If you are looking for dreamy beach views, I recommend making your way to the Spiaggia Grande Beach Club, located just past the charming beachside restaurants and easy to spot thanks to the iconic orange and yellow striped umbrellas. The beach is more rocky than sandy, but you can rent a chaise lounger and umbrella for 10 Euros and will enjoy a nice beach boy to boot!
Once you've got your fill of fun in the sun and a dip in the sparkling blue waters, grab a beachside bite at Chez Black. I am a fan of a classic margherita pizza, especially since it was made to replicate the Italian flag: red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). I learned it was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy during her visit to Naples in 1889.
Basically everywhere you turn in Positano is a picture out of a postcard. From lazing in the cafés to shopping the descent to the beach, it's fun to feel immersed in the slow Italian pace of life.
It's no wonder Positano is a destination wedding and honeymoon hotspot. It's considered the 'Jewel of the Amalfi Coast' for good reason. If you are looking to head here, anytime of the year is great, but October was one for the books! The temperature was mild and the scores of tourists had all but mostly gone, making for more quiet Italian time for me! And I am totally ok with that!