It’s been a couple of weeks since I did a travel themed post as I’ve had loads of amazing beauty buys I just had to blog about! I felt it was about time though to introduce you to my next stop on our Italian adventure, and it was a rather exciting one for that matter…
After a week of walking and sightseeing in the very busy (and fabulous) cities of Florence and Rome, we were desperate to escape the heat and get our first glimpse of the Italian coastline. One train and a ferry later, we docked into the gorgeous port of Sorrento.
A coastal town in South East Italy, Sorrento is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the famous Amalfi coast.
With a clear blue ocean, the traditional colourful buildings, and amazing hikes available around the cliffs, I can completely see why this has become such a holiday-maker’s choice. Not to mention its close proximity to places such as Pompeii (you can see Mount Vesuvius across the sea on a clear day), Capri, and Amalfi.
As we docked, everything was immediately so bright and vivid, you feel like you need to pop your sunnies on.The colourful houses watch over you from the cliffs, and honestly the water is so blue, it genuinely took a lot of self control to stop myself from diving in.
The town is all perched on top of a very high cliff, so be prepared for a hike.
We had two giant suitcases with us, took one look at the slope, and thought “nope”. The taxi was extortionate but worth it in my opinion.
From our hotel balcony at the Carlton International, we got to enjoy the most stunning view.
It was one of those breathtaking moments where you just stand there with your mouths hanging open at how beautiful it all is.
Greenery from the trees, white and orange brick houses glimmering in the sun, and the ocean winking at you in the distance. What more could you ask for?
Unfortunately, the clouds started to roll in and within about half an hour of us being there, a terrible storm had started.
It was actually very impressive to watch (from the safety of the hotel lobby of course). Lightning lit up the ocean as every 5 minutes there was a great crash of thunder. I’m someone who actually enjoys a good thunderstorm every now and again, even if it does put a scupper on our sightseeing plans.
Finally, after a good two hours, the clouds began to lift and the thunderstorm was over.
By this time, it was already evening, so we dressed ourselves up and headed out to find a good place to feed our hungry stomachs.
We made our way over to the far side of Sorrento where you’ll find a small fishing harbour, lined with fantastic restaurants full of fresh seafood caught by the little boats that day.
This has to be up there with one of my favourite places I’ve ever had a meal.
Taking our seats at a small restaurant (which I cannot for the life of me remember the name of and forgot to note it down!), we ordered ourselves a little feast.
As it’s right on the coast, Amalfi cuisine is all about fresh fish and seafood, paired with simple local ingredients such as olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh pasta.
Enjoy some wine served in a ceramic jug (very italian) with bread and olive oil to begin.
I then ordered one of my favourite dishes of all time: Spaghetti Vongole.
eg. Spaghetti with clams in a chilli, garlic and white wine sauce.
I just love the bright colours and simplicity of this dish.
Lucy, on the other hand, went for a classic Seafood Linguine with mussels, clams, and squid.
Afterwards, we of course had to tuck into a classic dessert…
A light, creamy and decadent Tiramisu.
I honestly think this was the best tiramisu I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating!
By the end of this first day, I’d already decided I never wanted to leave the Amalfi Coast. Even with the thunderstorms!
Check back in on Friday for a second post all about the beautiful town and what it has to offer!
Have you ever been to Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx