5 days on the Sourthern Italian Coast
Naples, Ercolano and Pompeii
I have visited Italy more times that I can remember but this was my first time on the Amalfi Coast. I stayed on the coast in a rustic town called Ercolano just outside of Naples. This trip was a tale of two halves. Ercolano is a volcanic site so if you are up for a day of exploring there is plenty to see. Only a 30 minute bus ride from Mt Vesuvius we set off to see the historic site only to find that it was closed as there had been a fire the day earlier so it was not safe to visit.
Instead we continued on our quest for so geological exploring and took the train to Pompeii. It took about an hour to get there but Italian trains are great and a very cheap (often air conditioned) way to travel. It cost around €12 return. As soon as we arrived we were blown away.
After a day in the hot sun we need to refuel and rehydrate. The bay of Naples, not far from the port there is a hub of exciting bars and restaurants to choose from. Also great to watch the sun set.
The motherland of my favourite drinks Aperol Spritz and red wine, I knew that there was plenty to love. Worth a visit is Cammarota Spritz in Naples. Where you can drink with the locals for 1 euro a plastic cup. This place was buzzing and great for pre drinking.
Where to stay?
I found a great deal on www.secretescapes.com which is great for luxury travel on a tight budget. The small fishing port was very Italian. For 4 nights we managed to get a deal with flights and accommodation for £398 each. There were not very many tourists in our town, other than our hotel.
What to eat and drink?
I fell in love with Frizante and Neapolitan Pizza. This pizza so exquisitely made with a few ingredients and San Marzano tomatoes which is rich, yet light and grow with the complex soil of Mt Vesuvius. In most places you can pick up a pizza for €3-6 and of frequenting a local wine bar (which we did) the owner will happily let you bring in your pizza to nibble on whilst you have a drink.
Where to next?
Only a short ferry ride outside of Naples are the stunning Islands of Capri, Sorrento and Ischia. For €40 return you can book online or on the day. If going only for the day be sure to book the latest return so that you can see the sunset in Capri.
The Blue Grotto tour is a must, for €16 you can take an almost private boat trip around the island of Capri. The colour of the sea is unlike any I have ever seen before. As crystal clear and inviting as a bottle of Tom Fords Neroli Portifino.
Once on Capri, which was worlds away from Naples with its glitz and glamorous feel. Every designer boutique you can think of and restaurants filled with celebs and people looking very “fashun darling”. The best way to see the island is to get the cable cars up to the top and ascend over this postcard worthy landscape lined with lemon trees and oozing sophistication. A week in this part of Italy was only just amount of time to scratch the surface. Naples needs a few days, Pompeii and Vesuvius a day each then a few days of island hopping on the coast is perfection. I will most definitely be back soon.
Enjoy your trip x