This is a continuation from my previous post about me and 11 and my now closest friends trip to Italy to celebrate our #Yearof30.
After leaving our most luxurious villa a human being could live in, we hopped on the train and traveled down the scenic Amalfi Coast. Our car service was already at the train platform waiting for our arrival and ready to take us to Positano, our next destination.
After about an hour and half drive with a few pit stops for photo ops, we made it to Hotel L’Ancora. This picturesque hotel sits hill-side with stunning views of the colorful homes and bright blue water. The staff was friendly and very patient as 12 people are waiting in their quaint lobby to check-in.
We were about 10 minutes away from the beach and walked through winding alleys, limoncello shops, and little pizzerias. We grabbed a quick bite at the Covo Dei Saraceni (another great choice for a hotel). I am begging you all to go here and try their frozen limoncello sorbet. They stuff the inside of a lemon with the most refreshing sorbet you will ever have. The group split up and went shopping at Beautiful ceramic stores and played at the beach.
We all reconvened and met at the five-star hotel Le Sirenuse, conveniently located right next door to our hotel. This place is absolutely stunning and also has a beautiful outdoor Champagne Bar that offers views that go unmatched. We sipped on some drinks and snacks and then split for dinner. Five of us had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, which has two Michelin stars. The inside is unlike anything I have ever seen before. Twills of vine, candles and tree lights offers the most romantic setting anyone could ever believe. Dinner was crazy expensive but totally worth it. The staff was attentive, and we were serenaded by the musical quartet and were even given a private tour of the kitchen.
To cap off the evening, we headed over to the night club called Music at the Rocks, where we partied until the wee hours of the morning.
Was our yacht day! I went through Amalfi Sails to book a 70 ft yacht for the group for an all day excursion around the Amalfi coast. We made the jaunt down to the pier and hopped on our boat and set sail. We stopped by Capri and got to swim in the fresh open sea and float past the famous Emerald Grotto. Afterwards, we headed down to Amalfi, one of the smaller towns in the Amalfi Coast, for lunch and quickly explore. The weather was perfect and all of the happiness and laughter filled our souls. I have never felt so blessed to be where I was with the people around me.
Once we arrived back at the hotel, we got ready for dinner at Chez Black, another highly recommended place I read about. Our meals arrived and were attended to by the owner of the restaurant, who was quite friendly. My friend and me split a whole fish and lobster pasta. I died a thousand deaths with each bite. After dinner, we went back to Music on the Rocks, because we couldn’t get enough the first time and again partied the night away.
I’m pretty sure we all woke up still tipsy from the night before. We packed our belongings and had breakfast at the hotel, which is included in the room rate. They have a nice spread with eggs, bacon, pastries, and assorted cheeses. We had about two hours to do more shopping before our car came to pick us up. The boys bought Italian loafers. I bought a ceramic platter and pizza sandwich which was fucking amazing.
The group started our its trek back to Naples to hop on the final train to Rome. After about an hour train ride, we walked over to our hotel, Boscolo Exedra Roma. The beautiful marble and classic lobby was a nice change from where we had been. All but two rooms were upgraded because of my Marriott Platinum status. The girls and I walk into the our two-story bedroom and start jumping up and down.
I change my clothes and meet up with a few people from the group and we start walking towards the Spanish steps as they had just reopened after renovations. I had already been to Rome so I didn’t need to see the Colosseum like some of the others. However I did walk explored the Parthenon, the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona (my favorite piazza).
This vacation was by far one of the best trips I have ever been on. Not just because we were in Italy. But because of the group of people I traveled with. I cannot stress enough how important it is to find a person that you can travel well with. I’m thankful that I am able to share with you the experience of a lifetime and am excited to share new things to come! Until next time…xoxo!