When I think of Positano, I can taste the lemons in my mouth. Does that sound weird? I mean, they were seriously the best lemons I have had in my entire life. And the smell! Oh my gosh, they smelled amazing! I wish I could bottle up that smell and bring it home with me so that my kitchen could always smell of fresh lemons. I also think of the food, the fantastic, authentic Italian food. It’s the best I have ever had. I’m getting hungry now.
So after we left Paris, we flew into Rome and then drove into Positano on the windiest, narrowest, most insane roads I’ve ever been on. I thought we were going to drive off a cliff or take off a side mirror no less than ten times. We arrived at our AirBnB and were met by our wonderful host, Joseph, who helped us with all of our luggage down the stairs to the house. As with most places in the Amalfi, there were quite a few stairs, but no one even cared because the grounds were amazing! Lemons growing on trellises over our heads, rosemary along the walls, and roses. You didn’t notice you were winded…much. Then you looked out from the balcony to the sea, and you forgot about everything. We all instantly felt at peace.
We knew we were going to like this place. The Amalfi was on my Mom’s Bucketlist so getting to see her relax and completely enjoy herself in the Amalfi coast was such a blessing. This entire trip was a blessing but seeing your parent’s eyes light up at seeing a place they dreamed of visiting and just happy is a great feeling.
We didn’t plan much of anything for this portion of the trip. We wanted the flexibility to move at our own pace and sit on the back porch and watch the ships sail by if we wanted to, which we actually did one day. I don’t think we left the house. My parents did have a tour scheduled to Pompeii which they raved about. We wanted to see Pompeii but decided we would wait until the kids were older and visit then. One thing that we did schedule for all of us to do together was a boat cruise. I highly recommend it because there are so many gorgeous beaches only accessible by boat. Plus, you get to see the iconic coastline from the boat!
We all agreed that this was one of the best days in Italy.
Well, maybe not Olivia. She was really excited about this day and started out with tons of energy. Then we noticed she was just laying down and not wanting to do much. She gets motion sickness in the car sometimes so we thought maybe it was sea sickness. She said she was okay, just tired so we kept an eye on her and made sure she stayed hydrated.
She perked up when we docked at Capri which is such a picturesque island. I understand why it’s so famous. It was crowded the day we went so we didn’t stay too long, us anti-crowd people prefer more personal space. We did stop at a cafe and have a light appertivo and then went and had delicious gelato.
Once we left Capri, we cruised around different areas of the coast.
This was her position most of the day except in the shade.
We stopped for lunch at a little place called Il Cantuccio and ate so much because everything was so good.
It was nice to be able to sit at the table, enjoy our wine and food and watch the kids while they played on the beach below.
It was a full day out on the water but it went by quickly and when we got home everyone was ready to relax. Olivia went to bed with a low temperature so we knew then it wasn’t seasickness. She woke up the next morning with a temperature still. The host happened to text me that morning and I mentioned my daughter not feeling well and he offered to send a doctor over if we needed one which I thought was so gracious. We didn’t end up needing a doctor because she perked up that evening after we stayed home and just chilled out all day. The boys went into town and played at the main beach for a little while.
The next day we made our way to a little beach that our host recommended, Arienzo Beach. It’s a local favorite and the kids loved it. They had different level ledges on the cliffs that you could jump off of into the water. Graham, of course, had to go to the highest one and jump off. Grayson and Olivia preferred to stay on the lowest one which I was perfectly okay with. One thing I guess I didn’t really research enough was the actual beaches. I knew that they did not have sandy beaches, that they were rocks, but we didn’t realize how hot the rocks would be on our feet. We quickly understood why everyone had shoes on. Luckily, the kids had worn their water shoes so it didn’t bother them. After a while you get used to it, your feet get tougher, but I would suggest water shoes.
I think this beach had around 300 stairs leading down to it, not so bad on the way down. It’s just the climb back up that makes you stop and take breaks. At least it’s a pretty climb.
I didn’t take many pictures while we were there. We were completely relaxed in Positano. It was hard not to be when everywhere you looked was the ocean, luscious greenery, the smell of lemons. It was a dream.
Food. All the food.
The boat cruise.