June 17, 2015

48 Hours in Positano

Last weekend, I had my first "free" weekend of my study abroad trip in Italy.  If you couldn't tell from my instagram, my friends and I headed down to the Amalfi Coast to spend our time soaking up the sun, which is a nice change of pace from the Umbrian village we are based in.

About a week before we left for our weekend my friends and I were searching for hotels to stay in with limited availability seeing as it was fairly last minute, which resulted in us turning to AirBnb instead of a hotel.  If you haven't heard of the website, AirBnb basically allows you to rent a house, or apartment, as a hotel.  We found the perfect place (Villa Lucia) in Praiano (the next town over from Positano) and booked it for 8 people.  It actually turned out to be a lot cheaper than a hotel room too.

Since so many people from our program decided to spend the first weekend in Positano, we arranged a bus to take about 40 of us down there instead of having to deal with numerous (and expensive) trains.  While I'm happy we did this, it became very chaotic but our host at Airbnb was so helpful and set up a cab to pick us up from the location that our bus dropped us off and brought us to the Villa.  It was so nice to be able to text our host and arrange for this taxi because we ended up arriving at 11:30pm and I can't imagine trying to navigate the streets to find a hotel or taxi on my own.

We woke up the next morning to the most amazing views.  Since we arrived at night we weren't able to see what was outside of our windows, so waking up the next morning was such a nice surprise.  I don't think I've ever seen such amazing views.

We rented a boat that day, which turned out to be one of the greatest parts of the trip! For eight of us, it was only $300 total to take a boat out for two hours, which wasn't a bad price at all.  We got to see a few caves, go swimming, and just relax on the water.  Later that day we also got leather shoes made at LKSJFA.  I knew Positano was known for it's custom shoes, but I was really blown away by how nice these shoes were.  You could pick any design, any color leather, size leather, etc to make a sandal that was truly your own.  Best part? They were only 64 euros each!

On our second day we went to the beach, which honestly turned to be more of a let down just because it was so rocky and it was hard to walk into the water without standing awkwardly.  Then, we had to head back to our buses to get back to Orvieto for classes on Monday!

While going to Positano was certainly a hike (and very stressful) it was definitely worth it.  I have never been somewhere more beautiful and still can't get over that such a beautiful place exists.  If you ever have the opportunity to head to the Amalfi Coast, make sure you go!

This weekend my friends and I are headed to Florence and I'm very excited! If you have any recommendations for Florence please let me know!

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