People who know me keep asking: “Why Italy?” each time I go to this beautiful country. So far I’ve been to Rome, Milan, Verona, Trento, all the southern part from Salerno (Diamante, Paestum, Tropea, Scalea, etc) to Sicily.
I’m not sure there’s a short answer to this question and it’s probably a topic for another post. For me, Italy is about all the things that I love: Italian food, architecture, nature, mountains, sea, beaches, sunsets, wine, art, and the list goes on.
This time I’ve checked 2 items that were on my wishlist for a while – Ischia and Amalfi Coast ❤️.
These places can be too touristy in the highest season (like the whole Italy), thus I went there in the Mid of May.
In the beginning, visiting Ischia was a backup plan in case the sea will be too cold to swim so that we can enjoy Thermal parks regardless of the weather. That was a great choice we made and the experience in Ischia was remarkable.
If you’re thinking of taking a similar trip, here’s the instruction of how I did it:
Getting to Ischia
✈️ Flight from Copenhagen to Naples with Ryanair (you can’t beat the price 😜).
We didn’t want to stay in Naples for long since I heard pretty bad reviews about the city and it’s level of crime, so we quickly had pizza at a famous Antica Pizzeria da Michelle (from Eat, Pray, Love movie) and took a ferry to Ischia.
The Margarita was delicious and the views from the Ferry were breathtaking. From Naples it takes only 1-1.3 hour by Ferry to Ischia and you can see Vesuvius volcano with seagulls almost all the way.
Where to stay in Ischia
Since we were staying for 2 days we wanted a place close to the Thermal Park and the Port so we’ve chosen a small and romantic Villa Luna di Miele. From the villa, it’s only 15 min to Castiglione Thermal Park with 8 pools with different temperatures for a true relax moment.
What to do in Ischia:
The island is mostly famous for its thermal parks, so it would be ideal for those who just want to relax. Negombo and Poseidon are the largest ones, but we personally didn’t have a chance to visit them. Castiglione Thermal Park was a full-day experience and we enjoyed it pretty much.
From Ischia, we took a ferry back to Naples where we rented a car to go to Vesuvius volcano and then to Amalfi coast. The shortest way to the crater is from Vesuvius National Park – it’s about 1 km away. The views from the top were stunning and they were definitely worth climbing.
After the Volcano, we drove to the Amalfi coast which took us approximately 1 hour by car (and so many adventures on a serpentine road!).
Where to stay in the Amalfi coast:
Since our trip was quite spontaneous, we were limited in our choice of places to stay, but after some research, we’ve chosen Maiori as our base. First of all, it is strategically located in the middle of the coast, so the villages from both ways are reachable. Also, it has one of the biggest beaches on the Amalfi coast and is less crowded with tourists. We’ve stayed at B&B Meublè Casa Mannini and were happy with the central location and the hospitality of the hotel owner.
What to do on the Amalfi coast:
Having a car is essential in the area, as it is the best way to visit all the villages and local attractions on the coast. Here’re the must-see places:
Here’re the must-see places:
Ravello with its beautiful villas features gorgeous “likes-tripling” views of the coast. Sip coffee in one of the cafes near Duomo after this to enjoy the views.
Positano is the most famous and “commercialized” place of all, so go there for chic restaurants, shops and a photo with marmelade-colored buildings.
Eat prawns with pumpkin sauce in Taverna Buonvicino in Amalfi and enjoy the sunset.
Be like a local and make a photoshoot on the beach with the view to the Castle in Cetara.
There’re many more places on the Amalfi coast that are worth visiting, but we only had 5 days and the trip was already very intense and adventurous (we had to spend some time on the beach as well 😉 ). But these places touched my heart and maybe one day I’ll have a chance to come back.
How was your experience in Amalfi & Ischia? What were your favorite places?
Please share your tips and advice!