So on Thursday, Lane and I were supposed to go to our program director, Milva’s, apartment for a cooking session. We were leaving for the Amalfi Coast that night, so we lugged our bags and walked over to the train station, to where we thought we would catch the bus that would take us to Milva’s apartment. Well…we were wrong. Turns out Piazza San Marco isn’t near the train station. We went the complete wrong way. So at this point, we were running late, we were super hot since it was hot and we were carrying our bags through Florence. So we called Milva and told her there was no way we would make it on time and that we were so sorry that we had to miss this. We were seriously so upset! It would have been so fun and we were looking forward to cooking with Milva. Lane and I grabbed some salads at the cafe on our corner and then went back for a couple hours before we had to meet with the Bus2Alps group to leave for Amalfi.
Lane and I left our apartment at met up with the group at 7:30PM at the train station. We met up with Meghan, Katie, Merel, and Sari there. There were a lot of other people that I am friends with that happened to be on the trip too which was a good surprise. We got on the bus, and we were off. The drive was about 7 hours and we had a 45 minute stop at a rest stop along the way. We got to “Seven Hostel” (the hostel that we all stayed at) at around 3:30AM and we were supposed to wake up very early to meet the group at 7:15AM. I barely slept. I probably fell asleep at around 5:00AM and woke up at 6:00ish.
We ate breakfast at the hostel, and then walked about 30 minutes to get on a big boat to Capri. All the Bus2Alps groups met at this point (the other trips from Florence and the trips from Rome). Tyler and Tim were on the trip from Rome (Sklare and Matt’s friends and roommates in Rome), so we got to hang out with them which was fun. We all went up on the top of the boat to be outside. It was so beautiful. We then transferred to a smaller boat where we were able to split into groups of 5 to enter the Blue Grotto, one of the seven wonders of the world. It was unbelievable. We took a tiny little paddle boat in to the grotto and had to bend down on our way in because the cave was so close to the sea level. Inside was pitch black, and the sunlight that came in from the cave hole was the only source of light. The water was a vibrant blue color. The sand on the ground was white which made the color even more vibrant. We were in the grotto for about 5 minutes, a short little visit. After the grotto, we got back on to the bigger boats and set out for Marina Grande, on the island of Capri. We walked up to the top of the hill, along Via Krupp, a 30 minute uphill steep walk, and then walked around for a little and took photos on the terrace. The walk up was pretty brutal. We were all sweating and it was so long!
The view up on the hill was amazing. So beautiful. The south of Italy is known for their lemons, they are HUGE. They are as big as an adult head. Not joking. They have these juice drinks called “granita” which is a lemon slush. They have a bunch of different flavors. You can have just lemon or you can have blood orange, melon, mint, etc. I got the lemon and blood orange juice. Oh my god. It was so fresh. Unreal.
After walking around and taking some photos, we walked to Capri Town and took buses up to Anacapri. The Bus2Alps leaders pointed us to a place where you can try limoncello shots (Capri is known for their limoncello) and order custom made sandals. We tried the limoncello, and passed on the sandals. I’m not really a limoncello fan, but I could taste the deliciousness of the lemons. We were really hungry at this point so we went to a restaurant right next door to the sandal/limoncello shop and we had lunch.
After lunch we wanted to lay in the sun, so we took the chairlift up to the top of Mt. Solaro. This was one of the coolest things that we did the whole weekend. The chairlift was individual seats that went all the way up to the top of the hill. The views were unbelievable. We saw Tyler and Tim at the top and made some new friends. We sat out in the sun for a couple of hours on the patio on the top of the mountain. I got a lot of sun. A little sunburnt actually. The mountain though was so cool. We were literally in the clouds. It was so high up. Clouds were LITERALLY passing by us, we could actually see them pass by. It was awesome. I was making jokes that I wasn’t getting Wifi even though I felt like I was in an “iCloud.” After a couple hours at the top of the mountain and taking some photos, we took the chairlift back down. The ride down was hilarious. We passed all these Asian tourists on our way down that were on their way up. They were taking photos of us and holding up peace signs for us to take pictures of them. I got some good pics of them.
When we were done with the chairlift ride back down, we caught a bus back to Capri Town. There was a Fiorucci store here, the clothing company that my mom used to work for, so I took a picture in front of the store. We then walked back down to get to Marina Grande and got a little lost on the way back down. But it was okay! Because we passed an absolutely gorgeous beach with clear blue water. The water was pretty cold, but Katie and Meghan ran in for a quick dip. We walked along the shore and met up with the rest of the Bus2Alps trip and sat on the beach for about another hour. After the beach, we caught a boat from the Marina back to Sorrento, where our hostel was.
We got back to our hostel, and showered and changed, and then met up with everyone and took a bus to the town of Sorrento (about 20 minutes) to have dinner and go out. We went to Pizzeria Aurora in Sorrento and then went to the English Inn, which was an outdoor beer garden which was fun and cool. Lane, Katie, Sari, and I split a cab home and went to sleep for the night.
On Saturday morning, we woke up, had breakfast again at the hotel, and then took a bus to Positano. The drive was about 40 minutes along the coastline of the Amalfi Coast. Really fantastic views. We got off in Positano, and then had to walk about 30 minutes downhill to the black sand beach. We hung out on the beach for the day. We laid out, got delicious sandwiches at this place called Vini e Panini. We laid out some more and went in the water. It was pretty cold, but it was really refreshing and the water was so beautiful. We had to wear sandals on the beach because it was so rocky and hurt our feet. At around 2:30PM, we took a boat to this small beach nearby where we went cliff jumping. Believe it or not, I did it. I am not adventurous at all, but, I thought, “When In Rome!,” but “When In Amalfi!” It was actually fun! I jumped off the low cliff, about 10 feet. The crazy people jumped off the high cliff, about 25 feet. Yeah…no.
We took the boat back to the beach and hung out for a couple hours and then took a bus back to Sorrento. On Saturday night, we just had dinner at our hostel and hung out there at night.
On Sunday morning, we checked out of the hostel, then took a bus to Pompeii. We entered into the ancient city, walked around, took photos, and then had lunch. We had lunch at this place called Pompeii Pizza. The pizza in Naples (the city near where Pompeii is) is supposed to have some of the best pizza. It really was delicious. We got another glass of lemon/blood orange granita and then got back on the bus for Florence. We got back to Florence at around 8:45PM.
The trip was great! So beautiful, so fun, and we got lots of sun! To be honest though, I think that Portofino was more beautiful. They had different vibes though. Portofino is more upscale and the Amalfi Coast was a little more “beachy.” I gotta come back one day! This week will be spent writing all my papers for my classes…blehhhhhhh!!!!!!
The group of 6 of us before taking the first boat to Capri.
On the boat to Capri. But then we moved upstairs to be outside.
Tim, Tyler, and me on the top of the boat.
Me, Meghan, and Merel. It was super windy outside on the boat.
These boating men had to hold on to a rope and the bigger boat that we were in dragged them to the Blue Grotto. These were the little boats that we took into the Blue Grotto.
The boats waiting to enter the Blue Grotto
Meghan, Merel, and me in the boat going into the Blue Grotto.
This is it! The Blue Grotto ladies and gentlemen.
Another shot. It’s so cool.
The Green Grotto. Not sure why there are so many different grottos.
Katie, Meghan, Merel, Sari, me and Lane on the boat.
This rock formation is supposed to look like an elephant. The trunk is on the left. Can you see it?
If you look carefully, there is a statue of a boy/man on top of this rock waving. You are supposed to wave back at him and by doing so, you are promising that you will one day return to Capri. You bet I waved!!!!!!!
Granita stand. Look at the size of the lemons.
The color of these flowers is fantastic.
I thought this flower tree was so beautiful
Since Saturday was Little 500 at Indiana University, we decided to celebrate with some Italian beers!
Gotta love the solo shots
Lane and I
The most amazing juice that I have ever tasted.
It’s casual. Just a bus that says “Capri.” This can’t be real life.
Merel on the way up in the chairlift
View of the coast from the chairlift
We were LITERALLY in the clouds. SO COOL.
Look how small the people look and they are in the clouds!
Some of our new friends. Katie was friendly with them.
Ah! No hands!
She was by far the best.
Amazing coastline of Capri!
In front of Fiorucci! This is for my mom.
Docking in Sorrento after the day in Capri.
Meghan, Lane, and I at the English Inn in Sorrento
The walk down to the beach
This guy worked at the granita stand. He is rocking some American gear. I thought this was hilarious.
Hillary Wiesel and I
The boat to go cliff jumping. I kept saying that this was the spring break that I never had in Eastern Europe…
The beach in Positano
Groovy backpack dude
Pompeii! The theater in the ancient city.
An ancient bath
The bodies in Pompeii were mummified by the volcano ash that destroyed the city.
The most famous preserved body. This is a pregnant woman.
Lane and I
Love the Mediterranean pine trees.
Another granita stand. The lemons are HUGE once again!
It was time to go back home to Florence at this point.