Let’s go back to Italy. Just for a while, a little bit to enjoy the colors, the sunshine and the happiness from over there.
You know my deep, deep love for Italy. Well, now you know. Italy is full of surprises. From the wonderful and elegant north to the wild, fascinating and colorful south, this country has so many stories to tell.
I will tell you mine. After I literally fell in love with Roma, I took my mom on a Italian road trip after I left my job with fashion photographers in Paris. It was kind of a reward for my dearest mom. This gift was saying kind of « well.. thank you for listening to all the bullshit and crap that I’m saying. And most of all, thank you for supporting me 24hours, 7days a week, 365 days a year. Thank you ».
We first landed in Napoli, where you can eat the best pizza in the country, but also where you can be robbed in two seconds without noticing. Pretty badass. From there, there is a small rural train which brings you to the lovely, wonderful, paradisiac Sorrento.
Ooooh Sorrento, how lovely you are. We stayed in an old renovated farm in the middle of centenarian olive trees. No city noises, just the sound of the wind in the trees and birds. Sorrento is a pretty city close to the Mediterranean sea. It’s also the region of lemon and of course, limoncello !
Sorrento is a small city full of life. You visit the town by getting lost in the tiny streets, tasting all different kind of lemons, talking to random Italian people on the street and drinking the aperitivo with a view on the sea.
On the Amalfi coast, you don’t really rent a car. You rent a Vespa ! Or if you don’t feel comfortable with a Vespa, than you still have the choice for a lovely old Fiat. Super convenient if you want to visit the rest of the coast like Positano and Ravello.
Close to Sorrento, there is Positano. Probably the most famous town on the Amalfi coast. Positano is known for its colorful houses built on a hill. I highly suggest you to get there by boat, which is only 15 minutes away from Sorrento, you avoid the traffic and most of all the worry to find a parking spot (impossible).
Positano is a real postcard. Something that you never though could eventually exist. The small town is so charming that you sometimes wonder if it’s not part of a movie’s set.
After this touristic stop (yes I must admit, event if Positano is unreal how pretty it is, it’s full of Asian tourists) we finally visited Ravello. Up up in the mountain, after some crazy small winding roads, you get there. Less tourists and an incredible view on the whole coast and the turquoise-blue water of the sea.
Ravello is the jazzy-town of the region. Known for its festival each year, this village lost in the middle of the mountain receive the most talented and famous jazz men of the world. Ravello is worth the ride. Up there, you fell like different. Peaceful. You just feel like inspired by everything around you. The atmosphere makes you feel like you can stay there forever and just write, or play jazz.
We came back to Sorrento. Daydreaming the whole ride. Wandering on the wonderful roads of Italy. And wishing one day, to built a home somewhere here….