Italy’s Amalfi Coast – 21 October 2017 – day 7

Free day in Sorrento

The day was ours to continue exploring the town’s narrow streets and alleyways and shop the boutiques and artisan workshops of the Corso Italia and Piazza Tasso. I think many suitcases are going to be much heavier on our return!

After that some of the  ladies went to the beach, had a swim in the sea or pool and relaxed in the hot tub.

After a scary drive up winding narrow streets we enjoyed a delicious dinner at a popular local restaurant called ‘Donna Sophia’ – dedicated to Sophia Lauren – great ambiance and delicious food.

Italy’s Amalfi Coast – 20 October 2017 – day 6

Excursion to Naples

Today we explored Naples after a lovely breakfast on the hotel dining room patio.

Our guided walk of Naples took us to the UNESCO World Heritage historic centre wandering through the alleys:

It’s a bustling, energetic city and its street life has an infectious vitality.

We learned that baci are kisses :-)

We visited two churches including the San Severo chapel:

We sampled pizza for lunch at Trattoria Medina, in the city where it was invented.

http://www.trattoriamedina.it/

In the afternoon we had a scenic drive through Naples and up to a vantage point for a magnificent view before returning to Sorrento.

 

We met at the rooftop bar for a glass of vino and to listen to music and watch the sunset.

Yet another day in paradise!

Italy’s Amalfi Coast – 19 October 2017 – Day 5

Cooking Class

Today’s excursion was to Villa Ida’s Cooking School (named after the chef’s grandmother) where we learned to prepare some of the traditional regional dishes of the Amalfi Coast in a hands-on cooking class in a lovely traditional home.

We started our day in the garden, drinking almond milk, espresso and almond cake.

After which we picked fresh herbs to use in our cooking

http://www.villaidasorrento.com/

Chef Roberta’s dishes are based on perfect seasonal ingredients using the chef’s family recipes.

 

We also visited Charlie’s wine cellar to taste homemade wine.

We were fortunate to enjoy lunch based on our efforts under the pergola.

After our delicious meal we visited Pasquale’s family’s farm for an olive oil processing demonstration. An added bonus – we got to meet his papa, his nonna and the farm animals.

This evening we were free to enjoy a visit to Sorrento for a bite or just stay and relax at the hotel.

Italy’s Amalfi Coast – 18 October 2017 – day 4

Amalfi Coast towns: Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

The Amalfi Coast is a glittering string of coastal gems, an outstanding example of Mediterranean landscape and seascape with coastal mountains plunging into the sea.

Today we explored the charming small towns of the coast travelling by coach along the panoramic seaside road – or as our guide Pasquale calls it “the mama-mia road”.

Positano lives up to its reputation as the most photogenic town on the coast with pink, peach and terracotta coloured houses seeming to tumble down to the sea.

We took a boat ride from Positano to Amalfi which was wonderful to see from the sea perspective  the way the houses and villas cling to the cliffside.

Amalfi was once a Maritime super-power; its striking 11th century cathedral is all that remains.

We enjoyed lunch outside,  wandering the little alleyways and of course indulging in a little shopping.

Ravello, the town of music, has a refined and polished feel with ravishing gardens and the very best views on the coast.

This evening we had dinner at Ristorante Tasso, another of Sorrento’s many eating establishments. The Italians certainly know how to eat well!

Yet another day in paradise!

Italy’s Amalfi Coast – 17 October 2017 – day 3

Capri

A 20 minute hydrofoil ride from Sorrento took us to the magical Isle of Capri. With its white-washed buildings, narrow, car-free streets, the mix of luxury hotels, villas and designer boutiques, and entrancing views everywhere, Capri is the epitome of Mediterranean chic. There are ancient Roman sites to discover dating from the time of the Emperor Tiberius and beautiful gardens overlooking the limestone Faraglione Islands.

After our wonderful excursion by boat all around the island on our boat “the Titanic”

we visited Anacapri, the laid back village at the top of the island. It was the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch.

Some of the ladies took the chairlift to the very top of the mountain to enjoy the breathtaking view while some went on a scenic walk or shopped.

We then spent time exploring Capri town before heading back to the hydrofoil to return to Sorrento.

After a wonderful day we returned to the hotel for a delicious dinner in the rooftop restaurant.

Italy’s Amalfi Coast – 16 October 2017 – day 2

Sorrento

This morning after a delicious buffet breakfast eaten on the rooftop restaurant patio, we explored the town of Sorrento’s fine old buildings and narrow cobbled lanes on a guided walk. There are beautiful churches, the occasional palazzo and equally lovely shops, restaurants, and temptations of all kinds to discover.

It was a perfect, sunny day.

We stopped in for a taste of the famous ‘limoncello’ liqueur.

And enjoyed hearing lots of information about Sorrento

catching our guide almost touching Mt Vesuvius

 

Followed by a delicious lunch

We then had the afternoon free for wandering the alleyways and shopping

 

It was a glorious sunset enjoyed from the hotel room balcony

In the evening we enjoyed a delectable dinner at one of Sorrento’s many spectacular restaurants – Restaurant Circolo dei Forestieri (circle of strangers)

We are no longer strañgers :-)

Italy’s Amalfi Coast – 15 October 2017 – Day 1

Arrive in Naples/Transfer to Sorrento

We were met by our Italian tour guide Pasquale on arrival at Naples Airport after various delayed and missed flights

We were then transferred to our beautiful hotel in Sorrento, gateway to the Amalfi Coast where they kindly served our exhausted ladies dinner at 10.30 at night …..this is Italy after all :-)

Our home for the duration of our adventure is Hotel Mediterraneo – a luxury boutique hotel offering rooms with spectacular sea views, a lovely pool area surrounded by gardens and exceptional service.

Now that we are all here we are excited to begin our adventure.

Day 11 : Croatia Saturday Oct 14th 2017

Day 11: Saturday, Oct. 14th : Dubrovnik

Today is a free day to explore and enjoy the city; stroll along the
Old Town’s pedestrian street, browse the farmer’s market.
We had time for a little shopping, light lunch and a swim in the Adriatic Sea. We just caught the sun set and off for a wonderful dinner. The decor and table setting was perfect and the food was even better than that. A wonderful dinner for our last one together. The wine was flowing and we seinaded and at one point the roof opened up so we could see the night sky. When we got back to the hotel there was live music in the lobby, Then the girls started dancing and many joined in and of course a conga line started and all in all a good time was had by all. We are off to the airport early and on our way home.
Our visit here was busy but educational and the coast was magnificent. The small towns and the guides made our trip wonderful. With our driver Sasha we all felt very safe even with the hair pin turns in the mountains narrow roads. Our tour guide entertained us with his stories, his jokes, his singing and even dancing.
Croatia is a beautiful country.

Overnight: Hotel Valomar Lacroma, Dubrovnik

Day 10 : Croatia Friday Oct 13th 2017

Day 10: Friday, Oct. 13: Excursion to Montenegro

Wow what a great day.
Today we travel out of Dubrovnik to visit some of the most
beautiful towns of Montenegro. But first we had a little adventure at the border, no problems but interesting. Perast looks like a piece of
Venice that has floated down the Adriatic. We took the ferrie to a man made island called Lady on the rocks to visit the most unique church and small museum. The dramatically situated town of Kotor is surrounded by walls hiding a labyrinth of marbled lanes and hidden piazzas. Budva is glitzier,
with multimillion-dollar yachts in the marina. We had some time to shop and walked along the marinas edge. We closed out the day with dinner at Jadran Kod Krsta and what a dinner we had, some grappa, wine, music and of course dancing. We will be submitting the video to “so you think you can dance “( keep your eye out for it…..we are good)
OK so I heard Best Day Ever a few times as good times were had by all Girls just wana have fun  I think we all had a great day  Sasha, best bus driver ever and Dragan our guide, too funny and does not know it For the ladies on the bus – look left and see where Madona had her concert. 

Debbie just letting you know we made a wrong turn somewhere.