Known for its delicious cuisine, warm weather and rich history, Italy is high on many holidaymakers' lists. But with so many beautiful places to see, it can be difficult to decide where to visit.
Last month I embarked on my own week-long Italian holiday adventure. Flying from London Gatwick to Naples, I then travelled to Pompeii, down to the Amalfi coast via Sorrento, visiting Praiano and Positano, before staying in Seiano en route to Naples.
Pompeii is easily accessible from Naples by train, and the journey will only cost you a few euros. The ancient Roman city, which was preserved by ash following the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius, is a UNESCO world heritage site and a popular tourist spot.
It was fascinating to see so much of the city still intact; Pompeii boasts an impressive ampitheatre, as well as streets of housing and community buildings featuring intricate mosiacs.
The Amalfi Coast
Travelling along a winding road, we took the bus from Sorrento down to the coastal town of Praiano. Nestled into the hillside, Praiano is a popular tourist destination situated between Positano and Amalfi. Staying in a hotel up in the hills, we were lucky enough to have swimming pool over-looking the sea.
We then made our way back along the coast to Positano...
Pretty little buildings cascading down towards the sea make up the picturesque town of Positano on Italy's Amalfi Coast. Positano was my favourite place of the whole trip, and I would go back in a heartbeat.
Naples was the first and last stop on our Italian adventure. What really struck me walking around the city was the incredible architecture, streets full of beautiful crumbling old buildings.
Naples is the home of pizza, and there are dozens of trattorias and pizzerias to take your fancy. You can even buy a delicious freshly-made pizza for as little as a couple of euros. Like Spain, Italy seems to have a culture of eating late at night, so restaurants are still heaving past ten o'clock.
Of course, one of the highlights of my trip was the food. Here are my top picks from the many restaurants that I visited:
Vivaro Wine Bar, Praiano
This small bar has no menu, there are simply two options: meat or vegetarian. The element of surprise only added to our dining experience. We were served beautifully cooked steaks with salad, followed by a traditional pasta dish.
Inn Buffalito, Sorrento
Delicious fresh food in a rustic setting. Inn Buffalito has a reputation for serving up traditional Italian food inspired by the gastronomy of Campania.
Il Capitano, Positano
The view over the sea at nighttime at Il Capitano was nothing short of magical. This was a great place for seafood or pizza.
Italy is hard to beat when it comes to a holiday in the sun. Have you visited Italy? Where are some of your favourite places?
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