In case you missed it, in April the internet gods showered me with love and I WON a trip to Italy through Tour Radar (partners with Intrepid Travel)!! After patiently waiting until September for me to finally be able to get time off work, we eagerly embarked on our Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure for two!
Narrowly avoiding a major dead cell phone crisis the day before leaving, we stopped by for a quick visit to Madrid to see some friends who graciously hosted us for the night before our 6:00am flight. We flew from Madrid to Rome, fueled up with some pastries and espresso (after some miscommunication resulting in an extremely angry barista), and hopped on our last air leg of the journey from Rome to Naples. After arriving in Naples, we taxied over to the port to figure out how to get a ferry to the island of Procida, where our tour was meeting.
Hot, sweaty, exhausted and starving we finally made it to the Bar dal Caveliere which served as our meeting point and devoured a couple of panini made with prosciutto, basil, mozzarella and tomatoes on a soft and crunchy baguette. At 3:00pm our tour leader, Gianluca, rounded us up and we headed over to the dock for our first view of the yacht we would call home for a week.
In total there were seven (and later eight) of us on the trip living in pretty close quarters so we had to get friendly with everyone pretty quickly. After learning how to use the manual flush toilet, the sink shower and the swinging stove, we all bought some groceries and Gian prepared us a delicious pasta with shrimp and the Italian version of sangria for our first real Italian meal.
Over the next six days we sailed from Procida to Ischia to Sorrento to Amalfi to Capri and back to another city on Ischia, before finally disembarking in Procida again and heading to Naples for a quick 24-hour visit. We battled some rough seasickness on the third day but overall adapted quite well to the sailor’s life for two people who had never set foot on a sailboat before.
Throughout our adventure we had some delicious seafood pasta and even better views of the gorgeous landscapes in and around the bay of Naples. We visited the famous Roman city of Pompeii at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, went snorkeling in the clearest bluest water I’ve ever seen, climbed up to visit a castle with on island of its own, and consumed more pizza than I’d care to admit. I could get into a detailed itinerary of how we spent our time and who vomited when over which part of the boat, but I fear that would get quite boring. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and that is definitely the case here.
So I present you with some visual aids in chronological order. Prepare yourself for some serious eye candy!
So, what do you think? Do these pictures make you want to hop on a plane to Italy? My stomach is rumbling just thinking about that gooey pizza. Have you ever won a trip somehow? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below!