amalfi coast :: boat tour to capri

amalfi coast :: boat tour to capri

As usual, I'm full of excuses for my recent absence, but I'll get into a monthly wrap-up later on. For now, I'm back with more Italian beauty - get comfortable, because there are a lot of photos, but I hope you'll understand why it was so difficult to narrow them down! Feast your eyes on the wonder that is the Amalfi Coast by boat, and the glorious isle of Capri. 

A few days before we left London, we booked a tour on Positano Boats, having read good reviews online. A day trip is a little more expensive than going on a larger ferry, but I think it's worth it to be on a more intimate boat and have unobstructed views of the stunning surroundings.

amalfi coast :: path of the gods

amalfi coast :: path of the gods

Even before arriving, one of the things that we knew we absolutely wanted to do was the famous hike on the Path of the Gods. We had a chat with the local tourism guide in Praiano (a very helpful and assertive lady!), and she informed us that the leg the hike that starts in Praiano and ends in Positano is the most scenic, and that where we were staying was actually the perfect location to join the trail. She strongly warned us that we should start early in the morning to avoid having the sun beating down on our backs, so we set our alarms for 6:30am and were out by 7am. So far, so good!

amalfi coast :: vettica maggiore, praiano

amalfi coast :: vettica maggiore, praiano

I'm still pinching myself after our stunning trip to the Amalfi Coast! It is one of the most picture perfect places I've ever visited, and we just had such a wonderful time there. 

Two years ago, E and I struggled to decide between going to Lake Como or the Amalfi Coast, and although we ended up choosing Como (which was incredible, I've blogged all about it!), we couldn't get our minds off of the latter. So this summer was our time to tick it off, and we are so, so happy to have made it!

To kick things off, I'll start with the area in which we stayed for the week, which was Vettica Maggiore in Praiano. We hit the jackpot with our Airbnb apartment, which was beautiful, spacious, perfectly located and with a gorgeous view from the balcony. Having visited a few of the popular towns on the coast, we were so glad that we'd chosen Praiano as our base. It's much less busy than Positano, has some fantastic restaurants, two beaches, and a sense of calm and quiet. 

arles :: a cobblestoned roman city

arles :: a cobblestoned roman city

Before we drove down to Camargue to greet the flamingos, we stopped off at Arles for a walk and some lunch. It's a Roman city that still boasts majestic architecture like its amphitheatre and cathedral, and it's a place where Van Gogh painted some of his most renowned works, including a childhood favourite of mine. Although it attracts many tourists, it felt like a relatively peaceful town where locals were shopping in the market and enjoying a provenΓ§al lifestyle, 

I cannot get enough of French markets! Do you remember the one I went to in Bordeaux? It takes a lot of willpower not to grab something from every stall, and I'm pretty sure I could live off those freshly baked loaves of bread alone. Ok, maybe with a bit of cheese...

chicama

chicama

If you like what you see in this post, be quick about it - you can eat it all with 50% off the food bill like we did, if you can snag a table by 31st July! 

On a hot summer's day (finally! only took until the depths of July, well done London), is there anything better than a glass of rosΓ© and sharing fresh and flavourful dishes with friends? Chicama is the definition of a perfect summertime hangout, with its airy interiors and light, colourful menu. We had the doors thrown open and it was glorious.

As the soft launch preview menu is a little smaller than their regular one, and we were four hungry people, we managed to order the entire menu except for one dish. I'm not sure I've ever managed that before!