Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Europe 2013: Positano

You can find my previous recaps here:

Wales
London
Paris
Barcelona
Rome
Cinque Terre 
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My last and final recap of our trip is finally here and it was my favourite place of the whole trip! Just to warn you, it may be a long recap because Positano was amazing and there is so much to tell you about :)

After spending a couple of days in La Spezia, we picked up a rental car and made the six hour drive to Salerno, which in the south of Italy along the Amalfi Coast. The drive was pretty uneventful once we received a working GPS from the rental company and went by pretty quickly (well, for me at least as I got to nap!). Once we arrived in Salerno, we dropped the car off and walked across the street to the water ferry. We had a bit of time to kill, so we grabbed a cold beverage as it was smoking hot!




The ferry ride was about an hour with a stop in Amalfi and the views were gorgeous!



Once we arrived in Positano, we attempted to catch the city bus that comes only once an hour. With our big backpacks and being tired from traveling all day, we decided to splurge and take a taxi to our b&b. Best 40 Euros we spent! (the cab and bus ride is about 30 minutes from the town centre to where we stayed). We stayed at the Colle dell'Ara b&b and it was beyond gorgeous! It is set back in from the road, and you have to climb about 130 steps to reach the facilities, but it is so worth it once you see the views! It is a family run place and they've set up a pulley system for your bags, so don't worry about carrying them :)


 
The view from our room, which had a balcony

That night, the family was putting on a dinner with fresh ingredients from their gardens which surround the b&b. I think there was 3-4 courses and everything was so tasty, fresh and good! 

We decided that while we were in Positano, we didn't feel like doing any traveling around (thought about going to Capri) but that we would take two days to relax and hang out on the beach. Best decision we made! The first beach day, we decided to walk the 1600(!!!) steps from the b&b to the beach and that was quite the trek! The views were so worth it though.





Both days we rented loungers on the beach (about 14 Euros for the two loungers + umbrella) and enjoyed the sunshine, reading our books and swam in the water. And Mr.D enjoyed some beers in there too :)
  On our last night in Positano, we went to a restaurant that was a two minute walk from our bnb called La Tagliata, which was a family run smaller restaurant. They have no set menu and just make a different menu each night. Let me just tell you about this meal!! There was three courses plus dessert and wine, and I've never been so full in my life. The first course had seven different small appetizers, the second course had four different types of pasta, and the third course EIGHT different types of meat plus salad and fries. Oh and dessert was three different types of cakes (tiramisu, grandma's cake and fruit cake) plus fresh fruit and a chaser of limoncello. We honestly loved every dish that came out and kept looking at each other like "crap, there's more food?!" We had no idea how we kept putting more in our bellies. The other awesome thing about this place? We went in not knowing how much it was going to cost, so we both guessed around 45-50 Euros per person and it was only 35 Euros per person!! Such a great price for so much fantastic food! After the meal, we had to waddle and roll ourselves back to the bnb. 

Our last night in Positano







If you ever get a chance to visit Positano, it does not disappoint! It was my personal piece of heaven and I would return in a heart beat! The bnb was fabulous and run by a great family. The only downside is that it does take a 30 minute bus ride to get there, but once you arrive, the views will blow you away. Plus it was so nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds. Positano definitely stole a piece of my heart!

And that was our trip to Europe! If anyone has any questions about places we stayed, where we ate or wants any tips, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email :)

8 comments :

  1. Why did you not take me with you?? Sounds like heaven. Great photos. I want to go!! Did you have wine? ;) That meal sounds SO good. So glad you guys had an awesome time!!

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  2. Wow I am adding Positano to my places to go to! Looks stunning! The food sounded delicious! I love lazy beach days!

    How did you find backpacking? Did you find you had enough room for stuff? You probably didn't bring back 40 pounds worth of books like we did- that was just dumb.

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  3. Looks amazing. How did you find out about this place?

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  4. Wow! Looks beautiful! I didn't go there on my trip. My favourite place was Venice. No car traffic means it's WAY less busy. And it's so easy to find a tourist free area and just BE. I've been twice and I can't wait to go back there!

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  5. Your right, the views look gorgeous! Glad you got a few days to relax and enjoy the beach :)

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  6. I am so glad that your trip ended on a high point! And that you got to enjoy some seriously good food! I really want to visit the Amalfi Coast someday. One of my best friend's rented a house down there with her husband, and her sister & brother in law and they just raved about it. The pictures are stunning and I am glad you guys let yourself relax so you could end your trip feeling refreshed!! I loved reading all about your trip!

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  7. Sounds lovely! So great your trip ended on such a high point. Our trip to Europe did too when we spent our last night in Paris splurging at an amazing restaurant, drinking way too much wine and just having a blast. Such good memories :)

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  8. I can fit in a suitcase... remember that for next time :)

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