Cultural, Europe, Italy
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A Day Driving The Amalfi Coast

So last month (which now feels like a lifetime ago), my family and I packed our dresses and suits and headed for Italian soil to celebrate the wedding of my cousin and his American bride in Sorrento!

As well as an incredible wedding in a truly stunning setting and the rare chance to spend some precious down-time with the whole family, another highlight of the trip was exploring the Amalfi Coast.

A 50 kilometre stretch of coastline often considered one of the most beautiful in the world, the Amalfi Coast is deemed an ‘outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape’ by UNESCO and is without doubt one of Italy’s most striking destinations.

After another gorgeous breakfast on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the mountains and seascape beyond, a view you could never tire of, we picked up a hire car from a small rental on the outskirts of Sorrento’s town centre and headed towards the coast. After a small sat-nav related issue where we found ourselves close to being stuck weaving our way through a very narrow one-way street, we were out on the open mountain roads. Apart from the occasional scream from my mum in the front and the odd beep of an incoming car from the opposite direction, it was a peaceful drive with breathtaking views literally around every corner. With the imposing cliffs on one side and the glittering sea a constant backdrop on the other, we passed quaint villages and colourful towns.

Positano is a photographer’s dream, with pretty pottery and artefacts spilling out onto the cobbled pavements, artists’ work displayed upon rustic stone walls, the white sails of laundry hanging from rooftops, twisting vines crawling up the walls of street side houses and restaurants and the gentle hustle and bustle of locals and tourists alike. A little further along the coast you’ll find the much quieter and less tourist-trodden Ravello, with cute town squares, narrow laneways and a charming ambience. Famished from all the walking and exploring (it’s hard work being a tourist!), this is where we decided to stop for lunch. We eventually came across a tiny authentic pizzeria hidden at the end of a cobbled backstreet and sheltered from the sun under a canopy of vines where we gorged on the best pizza we had eaten of the whole trip…

Here are a few of my favourite snaps from the day…

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