The English summer was officially over but we wanted a bit more sun and a bit more holiday before we said goodbye to the sun for the year. So we had a 5 day holiday in Naples and the Amalfi Coast. We spent one day and two nights in Naples before we were to make our way to the Amalfi Coast. We had some pretty good food related experiences in Naples were we went to what was meant to be one of the best pizza places in town. We weren't disappointed with some huge and delicious pizzas at a really good price. We also went to what must have been one of the most hectic restaurants in the city. We got three courses and a bottle of cold red wine (it was probably good given the taste of it, just too cold) for only 12 euros each. The staff and owner were constantly singing, making fun of customers and generally saying many things in Italian which we didn't understand - for many Italians once you got your limoncello you had the chair removed from under you for the next group.
While in Naples we also took a day trip to Pompeii. There we battled all the other tourists in the blazing heat, exploring the remains of the town. Highlights would have to be the stadium, the amphitheatre and the brothel.
We left Naples and headed via ferry to Sorrento where we then piled onto an infamous SITA bus and headed to Praiano, the small town we were staying between the bigger villages of Positano and Amalfi. Our hotel was great with amazing views across the ocean.
We spent one of our days exploring the towns further down the coast, Amalfi and Ravello. Ravello is a beautiful little town up in the mountains away from the coast which was well worth the trip. We spent another day walking Sentiero degli dei (the path of the gods) which took us from Positano (a beautiful town stacked up a hillside within the bay - but very much filled with older American tourists) up into the hills and then back down to Praiano. The first third of the walk was hard work, walking up a huge number of stairs and dropping a lot of sweat but with gorgeous views down to Positano. The second third was the main part of the walk and where we walked along the ridge line through a lot of mist and past a lot of tourist groups, not quite the same view as before bit nice to be a bit cooler. The last third was very deserted and we added on an extra leg to finish in Praiano which was slightly more overgrown, fortunately we managed to make our way back out. The whole walk was great and gave us great views across the coast - even if there was a lot of mist. The third day we took an organised boat trip from Positano to the island of Capri and back. Our boat trip took us along the coast and around the island of Capri stopping at the White Grotto, the Green Grotto and finally the Blue Grotto - all were limestone caves with the sunlight turning the water a different colour. For the Blue Grotto we squished (and I mean really squished) into row boats where we were rowed into an almost pitch black cave with very little light where the water becomes a magical blue colour because of the reflection of the limestone, water and light. We then spent a few hours on Capri before being taken back to Positano. We also ate very well along the coast with our final meal in Praiano being a highlight. We had some amazing views of Positano and the coast by night along with singing and some delightful seafood, bruschetta, dessert and local wines.