Amalfi Coasting

Next on our agenda: Italy's Amalfi Coast! We flew from Santorini to Naples, then drove to Sorrento. We were welcomed with the unique Mediterranean landscapes on our 45-minute drive. By the time we reached our hotel, dinner time was approaching and so was the sunset. Our first meal here was at Terrazza Bosquet, a gourmet restaurant part of our hotel's dining experience.

Welcome treats!

Welcome treats!

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Dinner at Michelin-star Terrazza Bosquet.

Dinner at Michelin-star Terrazza Bosquet.

Madam in red.

Madam in red.

A BROKE MERINGUE. Lime ganache, brunoise and sorbet of strawberries lime and strawberries gel and lime sablé.

A BROKE MERINGUE. Lime ganache, brunoise and sorbet of strawberries lime and strawberries gel and lime sablé.

They gave out a glass of Limoncello to everyone in the restaurant!

They gave out a glass of Limoncello to everyone in the restaurant!

Limoncello is a Sorrento specialty.

Limoncello is a Sorrento specialty.

We stayed at the Excelsior Vittoria for our two nights in Sorrento. It is located in the heart of Sorrento, right in the midst of a lively square. However, once you turn into its entrance (pictured below), it feels as though you've transported into another place. Set in a unique location overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Excelsior Vittoria owns 20,000 square meters (5 acres) of lush Mediterranean garden to explore. This family-owned hotel just celebrated its 180th anniversary and has a very elegant-yet-authentic atmosphere.

The following morning was the only day we had to explore Amalfi Coast. We rode along the snake-like roads along the coastal line (warning: take medication if you get car-sick easily!) from Sorrento to Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, and then back to Sorrento. We had a lovely meal, walked around a bunch, and attempted shopping (though we're more window-shoppers). Mom got some lovely dishes for her cooking too!

Entrance/exit connecting the hotel to the lively town.

Entrance/exit connecting the hotel to the lively town.

Extended hotel lobby/lounge area.

Extended hotel lobby/lounge area.

The view that helped me get through the winding roads.

The view that helped me get through the winding roads.

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The Michelin-star chef was super friendly and took great care of us!

The Michelin-star chef was super friendly and took great care of us!

He convinced us to order 3 of their signature soufflè between the 5 of us and we were shocked by their size. Each one was bigger than any of our faces! Luckily they were very light and soft. We still could have shared one instead of three though.

He convinced us to order 3 of their signature soufflè between the 5 of us and we were shocked by their size. Each one was bigger than any of our faces! Luckily they were very light and soft. We still could have shared one instead of three though.

Dinner was at Don Alfonso 1890, which was possibly the best meal of this trip. Unfortunately, I was too sick from the car ride to take part in this endeavor (why body why) but the family thoroughly enjoyed this place. In dad's words: "Apart from being the best meal of this trip, the wine cellar here is most impressive. It is more than a thousand years old, 35 meters deep underground as a tunnel and housed uncountable numbers of invaluable wines!" We also had the chance take a night stroll around our hotel afterwards.

Wine cellar tour!

Wine cellar tour!

Morning view from the hotel.

Morning view from the hotel.

Our Amalfi Coast experience was very short. I would have had a more outstanding time if it weren't for my motion sickness from the winding roads - probably the worst carsick I've ever been - but putting that aside, we had a lovely time. We've been to Italy before, but not to the Southern coast. It was nothing like anywhere we've been to. Although slightly foggy during our time, it certainly lived up to its UNESCO World Heritage status as a cultural landscape.

We left for Rome the following morning, which was around 3-4 hours of driving. We spent 3 nights in Rome and it was the last stop in our trip. Stay tuned for our Rome adventures in a few days!

Photos by my family and me.

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