Ciao! I spent the last 6 days in the endearing land of Italia! I visited Civitavechia, Rome, Positano, Capri, and Naples. Overkill? Probably. Worth it? Absolutely. I wouldn’t have done Italy any differently.
In Rome I visited the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. Despite the fact that nearly each one of these sites was under construction, they all completely fascinated me! The art, the history, and the beauty they extolled could never be captured in a picture, let’s be clear that every one of my photos is an injustice to how truly amazing these places are. The masses of tourists were overwhelming and utterly chaotic making for an exhausting two days in Rome, but I’m still grateful to say I’ve been to these ancient sites.
I also spent a day in our port city, Civitavechia. It was unexpectedly quaint & charming! It was in this city that I have my first ever true Italian gelato…and from then on I proceeded to have gelato every day that I was in Italy. God is good. Gelato is a blessing.
For my final few days in Italy, I took a train down to Positano and stayed in a hostel with a group of 5 friends (side note: there was a tornado while we were on the train. The funnel was visible and LARGE, but thankfully it receded by the time we passed it. I survived a Tornado in Italy). Wow. How do I even begin to explain how wonderful the Amalfi Coast is? I’ll let the pictures do the explaining.
We had so much fun in that little town of Positano, shopping, beaching, having classy pasta dinners overlooking the sea, and of course, enjoying some gelato for dessert. We all agreed that we could have skipped much of the time we spent in Rome and traded it for more time on the coast.
On our second day in Positano we had the privilege of taking a private boat tour to the island of Capri! It was just the 5 of us and our chauffeur riding along the Amalfi Coast soaking in it’s beauty and exploring it’s famous grottos. Our captain showed us each of the grottos, the Blue grotto, Emerald grotto, Pandora’s grotto, and White grotto, and he even let us jump out and swim in the Green grotto! IT WAS AMAZING! One of the best experiences of my life! (Keep an eye out for some video footage of my grotto experience!) My inner mermaid was completely at home. Such an incredible opportunity, and an excellent way to end our time in Italy.
Now we are back at sea taking classes for four days. At first it was weird to be on the boat again. Land is fun and on the boat it’s easier to feel homesick, however it’s been so great to reunite with all my new friends that I didn’t get to see in Italy. The boat truly feels like a home base now and it’s comforting to be back after a crazy week in Italy.
The original plan was to head to Istanbul, Turkey at this time, however due to certain conditions and current events we have changed our itinerary and are now headed to Dubrovnik, Croatia instead!
Given that this was such a last minute change I have no clue what to expect of Croatia, we shall see what comes!