A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast

A Trip To Italy: From Rome To The Amalfi Coast In Pictures

I just got back from my second trip to Italy this year, after visiting Bologna and Milan in January, it was time to go further south to visit Rome and the Amalfi Coast. It feels like I’ve been waiting for this since forever, but it did not disappoint. Sure, there were some less-than-great moments, but they were mostly things I couldn’t control, like overly crowded places or bad weather. However, the whole trip was a blast: from walking roughly 20km in Rome every day to a nerve wracking drive to the Amalfi Coast, stopping at Mount Vesuvius for a small hike and in historical Pompeii. Before I write more in-depth posts about my time there, I thought you’d like to see a few pictures from the time I spent in Italy.

As Trastevere was my absolute favorite place in Rome, it was only natural that the first pictures I share should be from this charming neighborhood.ย  Away from the crowds, with picturesque alleys and delicious food (the best tiramisu I had in Rome!), what’s not to love?

A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
One of the prettiest squares in Italy, I loved Piazza Navona with its three fountains, each one more stunning than the other.
A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
The imposing Pantheon rising between newer buildings. Oh and an elephant statue by Bernini.
A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
While the Vatican Museums didn’t impress me too much, St. Peter’s Basilica is gorgeous and well worth a visit.
A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
The twin churches of Rome, Santa Maria di Montesanto and its sister, Samsung Galaxy S7!
A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
The Sant’Angelo Castle was one of the places I wanted to see the most and I’m glad I didn’t miss it, it’s stunning and once the night falls, it will leave you speechless.

While Pompeii wasn’t necessarily on my wish list because I’ve heard mixed reviews about it, everyone told me it’s something I must see when I’m in the area. I’m glad I went, but kinda wish I had more time because the complex is huge and you can easily spend a whole day wandering on its streets full of history.

However, I would’ve skipped Pompeii if that had meant there wasn’t enough time to visit Mount Vesuvius as well and hike to the top. Luckily, we woke up and left Rome early, picked up the car and since we were checking in late in the afternoon at our apartment in Praiano, we visited both that day. I loved the views on Mount Vesuvius and I bet it’s even more impressive early in the morning or in the afternoon, when the sun isn’t directly above you. In jeans and a black t-shirt, I wasn’t dressed for the hike (nor had enough water) and my clothes and shoes were covered in dust by the time I got back to the car, but I didn’t care, I loved the view and seeing the most dangerous volcano in Europe.

A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast

A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
Tired, but loving the view and the hike

The Airbnb apartment I rented in Praiano was absolutely beautiful, worth every cent. It wasn’t big, but it had an authentic Italian feel to it. Oh, and that jaw-dropping terrace. I could’ve stayed there all day, writing, listening to music, relaxing. Perfect. Just look at it! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m already thinking about returning to the Amalfi Coast (next year maybe?) and I know where I’ll book my accommodation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast

Can we talk for a moment about the way people drive in Italy? I thought I knew bad driving from Bucharest, but Italy takes it to a whole new level. Simple driving concepts, like signaling when you turn, respecting speed limits or stopping to let pedestrians cross are lost to them. Yet, I haven’t seen a single accident, not even in a crossroad with no traffic lights where everyone was going left or right as they pleased (without signaling, of course). I was only in the passenger seat and I may have a bunch of new gray hairs after a whole day of being stressed out. People warned me about driving on the Amalfi Coast, but they didn’t warn me about driving in Italy in general.

A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
This is actually a wide road, since you don’t have to be squished into a wall to let the bus pass ๐Ÿ˜‰
A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
I’m so happy our host suggested we’d go by bus to Positano,we had a much more relaxing day.

A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast

A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
Though it was cold, rainy and foggy, the views in Capri were absolutely breathtaking, just look at the color of the water.
A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
I had about 30 minutes in Amalfi before it started pouring, seeking refuge in a small cafe. After it was over, the city was packed with people and I couldn’t enjoy it properly ๐Ÿ™

However, by the time I reached Ravello, the stormy clouds had disappeared and we left the crowds in Amalfi, so I had an amazing time wandering in the city and enjoying the views from Villa Cimbrone.

A trip to Italy: from Rome to the Amalfi Coast

I had a wonderful time in Italy and I can’t wait to go back. I have a lot of stories to tell, places to recommend and photos to share so there will be a lot of posts in the following weeks, hope you won’t get bored!

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  • beautiful photos! I’ve been all over Italy but not on Amalfi coast

    • Thank you! You should go to the Amalfi Coast as well, it’s a gorgeous region ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sharon Robinson

    Yes! Stayed in Sorrento and we did a couple of trips along the Amalfi coast , including Amalfi,Ravello,a quick stop in stunning Positano and also half a day in Pompei. Your pictures make me want to go again!

    • Haven’t made it to Sorrento, but I want to visit next time I’m on the coast ๐Ÿ™‚

  • John Pilkington

    Amazing photos as always ๐Ÿ™‚ Would love to hear more about Pompeii!

    • How did I know you would comment that? ๐Ÿ˜› I’ll have a post about Vesuvius and Pompeii, not sure when tho…

  • Lucy Dodsworth

    Ah good memories! So glad you enjoyed the Amalfi Coast, I’m already getting Italy withdrawl symptoms and sure your posts are going to make it worse!

    • I had such a great time, even despite the rain. Next time I’ll go in September, so it’s less crowded and I can still dip my toes in the water, haha.

  • Ana P. Wildgust

    Reminiscing about my time in Rome and Ancona. Would love to go back someday. Beautiful photos.

    • Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • World Journeys

    wow what stunning photos! Very jealous right now

    • Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow Vlad, I am going to sound cliche but sorry, this looks like an epic trip! Gosh, I want to know more about Mount Vesubius. The Amalfi Coast looks gorgeous. Want to read more about your trip!

    • Thanks, Ruth! I’ll have a lot more photos about my trip in the future ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Isn’t Amalfi Coast gorgeous? We went there for one of our wedding anniversaries and we fell in love with it. It’s one of most stunning stretches of coast that I have ever seen. Great pictures!

    • Thanks, Anda! I can see why you chose this coast for your wedding anniversaries, it’s simply gorgeous!

  • Clare Thomson

    Some gorgeous photos of a truly stunning part of the world. I’ve been to Amalfi, Ravello and Capri but never made it to Positano. Next time for sure. I’ll look forward to reading your other posts. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • What did you think of Capri? I found it a bit overrated, though the fact that it was cold and raining might have had something to do with me not liking it so much.

      • Clare Thomson

        I was lucky and went in the summer. Only for a couple of days though so I feel I’d need more time to get to know it properly. I loved the glamour of the evenings, drinking cocktails on the terrace of the Hotel Quisisana. Loved the Blue Grotto too.

  • Grey World Nomads

    Oh yes, I totally agree! The driving is just terrifying! And there are so many trucks on the road which make it even more scary! I love your post as it shows the good and the bad rather than just drawing an uncritical picture. Your photos convince me that we will have to master the traffic and visit Italy anyway. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • I’d recommend taking trains between major cities in Italy or buses on the Amalfi Coast, they are far more efficient than driving ๐Ÿ˜‰ Besides, finding a parking spot can be tricky ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ohhh…Vlad. You have some beautiful photos of places that are on our Italy bucket list. We really wanted to explore Trastevere while we were in Rome and still regret that we ran out of time. I’m sure there’s an unwritten law of etiquette that enables Italians to manage their traffic. Even though we didn’t drive while there, we still noticed: it’s horrendous!

    • Trastevere is so lovely, next time I will book accommodation there for sure ๐Ÿ˜€

  • We did a similar trip about 5 years ago, with very similar experiences – it poured of rain in Capri! If you go again add Herculaneum to your itinerary, a much more manageable size than Pompeii and not so many tourists! #Mondayescapes

    • I actually considered Herculaneum for this trip, but everyone told me to visit Pompeii. Next time I’ll definitely visit Herculaneum as well.

  • Gorgeous. I’d love to do this one of these days. Italy is such a beautiful country. Thanks for the tour, Vlad.

    • Thank you, glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Aditi Kaushiva

    Gorgeous photos!! Italy has been on my bucket list ever since I’ve come to London. Saved this post for futuy reference. Thanks!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amazing photos as always, Vlad! I definitely hope to go to Amalfi Coast soon, hopefully this year or the next — I was supposed to go last year —- all booked and ready but had to change plans ๐Ÿ™ But I would definitely make it there at some point, and I was planning actually to drive there as well. Hmmm, hopefully I don’t get gray hairs? Especially since I plan to be the driver, haha! I’ll be awaiting your road trip post for tips! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Liz! I think you would be better off taking the bus, you won’t have to struggle to find parking spots (they’re rare and expensive) and this way, you can go to the hidden beach in Furore ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ah Vlad, wonderful reading this… it brings back very very happy memories for me and so glad that you enjoyed Villa Cimbrone. The balcony is just stunning isn’t it? Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    • I kept hoping it would be sunny by the time I got to Ravello and I was so happy to see blue skies when I got to Villa Cimbrone, the balcony is simply gorgeous and it wouldn’t have been the same with clouds and fog.

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  • Izzie Anderton

    We’ve just booked our first trip to Italy in July and can’t wait. Thanks for all the brilliant tips and photos x

  • This is actually giving me a crazy Crimea nostalgia – but, you know, SUPER FANCY! Grrr, why did my 2015 trip to Italy have to suck?

  • Oh my!! Your itinerary was awesome, really. I always wanted to go to Pompeii and see the Mount Vesuvius, I always had a thing for volcanoes.
    Trastevere is also my favorite part of Rome, even though every time I go I get lost hahaha I love it ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • I’ve never thought that Capri might be so beautiful! One more location to our list must-vist places in Europe. Thanks you!