We woke up to beautiful sunshine and decided to start our first full day in Amalfi by the pool. After non-stop tours through the rest of Italy we were more than ready to relax.
Since our hotel was built into the mountain side it was full of curvy steps and endless terraces which we enjoyed exploring on our way down to the pool.
We came across a second restaurant in the hotel where people were enjoying lunch with a view.
The pool was built right into the rocks on one of the lower levels, further down still were steps leading right into the ocean.
We both braved a brief swim but the currents were a little strong to go too far out.
The view into town from the pool was absolutely stunning, pastel colored buildings with red tiled roofs built right into the mountainside.
As the afternoon wore on we decided to get cleaned up and go into town for an early dinner.
We perused some of the shops on our way into town. Amalfi is best known for their beautiful lemon groves and famous limoncello.
We decided to stop for dinner at Il Teatro, a quaint little trattoria tucked away along the winding side streets.
I got the mushroom risotto which was absolutely to die for and Haley opted for the lobster ravioli. A three piece band came in half way through our meal and made their way around the restaurant, playing while we dined.
After dinner we went back to our hotel to get a drink and call it a night!
We made our way back into town bright and early the next day. Stopping to take plenty of photos along the way. Although the stairs are plentiful, the walk into town was always lovely.
We strolled along the waterfront and the winding alleyways in town.
We came across several fountains and small grottos decorated with miniatures and small replicas of the town, which I still don’t know the purpose of but found quite fascinating.
We visited the Duomo di Amalfi, grabbed some pizza and then headed back to the hotel for our final night.
The next morning we made a final trip into town to catch the bus back to the train station.
Our train was bound for Rome but stopped in Naples where we decided we needed one last delicious pizza before we left Italy.
If you’ve read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love then you remember her eating her way across Italy. Of all the delicacies she describes in her books the most famous has got to be the “best pizza in the world” from Pizzeria Da Michele. It sure didn’t look like much from the outside, but we had to know if it lived up to the claim and the line was not terribly long yet, so in we went. The menu has only two choices, Pizza Marinara (sauce and dough) or Pizza Margherita (sauce, dough and mozzarella). We both opted for the Pizza Margherita.
Let me tell you, I have often found that the “famous” restaurants or dishes I have tried are unfortunately over-hyped, this was not one of them.
It was literally the best pizza I’ve ever had and probably one of the top five most delicious things I’ve ever tasted in my entire life. If you are ever in Naples, you must give this place a try. We were sad to bid adieu to beautiful, colorful, tasty Italy, but I can’t imagine a more perfect note to end the perfect trip on! Thanks for following along!