If you follow me on any form of social media, you will know all about my fabulous ten day trip to Europe… absolutely divine. I am just slightly devastated to be back to reality, for various reasons – all of which have to do with the four months of studying that begin in the next couple of weeks. Details to come on that dark cloud lingering over winter 2017/2018 but first, and more importantly, let’s focus on the glorious goodness that was the Amalfi Coast and London. That’s right – the mystery weekend surprise for the Enemy of Fun (and myself…. because yes, the surprise was for him but the carbs, cheese and instagrams were for me) was Positano and the Amalfi Coast!
We first flew to Naples and spent the night there (evening complete with cheese, pasta and pizza) before sleeping as much as humanly possible after our overnight, transatlantic flight.
The next morning, we had a glorious breakfast outside on the patio of our hotel in the sunshine… and we kicked it off with carbs, because when in Rome…
After a leisurely breakfast and a manic/crowded/Italian train experience, we were on our way to Pompeii! As the historical and cultural part of our Amalfi Coast experience, Pompeii did not disappoint… plus we got to rock the Rick Steves Audio Tour of Pompeii, complete with dad jokes and uncomfortable banter – which is one of our favorite things to do when traveling in Europe.
Pompeii was incredible – I thought it would only take a couple of hours on the way to Sorrento and Positano but instead we wound up spending several hours and only saw about a third of the excavated site. Incredible! The city has been unearthed piece by piece over the course of the past 350 years and the excavation continues to this day! It is definitely worth a day trip – particularly in the off-season when you don’t have the tourists and the heat.
If you are interested in visiting Pompeii, here are my top tips for making the most of your day:
- Buy your tickets in advance – the lines can be BRUTAL (click here to purchase online)
- Pick up a map at the visitors kiosk at the entrance of the ruins… you will need it, the grounds are insanely huge and every street starts to look the same.
- Take a tour – now, this is very budget-dependent but the good news is, there are options for everyone (even the fiscally responsible).
- Rick Steves Audio Tours are free (and excellent if you love dad jokes… he also wrote a book called Europe Through the Back Door, which I cannot believe was intentional)
- Pompeii tour with an archaeologist
- Ancient Pompeii treasure hunt
- A very cost-efficient small group tour of Pompeii
- Pompeii guided tour with ancient Roman food and wine tasting
- Combine Pompeii with a tour of neighboring Herculaneum
- No need to stay around Pompeii – do this as a day trip from Naples, Sorrento or anywhere on the Amalfi Coast.
- Take the train from Naples or Sorrento – it is only a couple of euros but don’t pay much attention to the train schedules as they are pretty flexible and aren’t accurate at all.
Stay tuned for more posts on our Amalfi Coast adventures plus our little jaunt over to London for a few days!