Lizzie McGuire made me do it. Ever since I saw lil’ Lizzie aka Hilary Duff scooting around Rome in the Lizzie McGuire Movie, I’ve wanted to go to Italy. Considering it’s only two hours away, I can’t believe it’s actually taken me this long to get there, but with Brexit on our backs I decided now was as good a time as ever. Of course, my boyfriend and resident photographer came along for the ride and also took up the role of chauffeur (if you’ve seen how Italians drive you’ll agree that a girl like me behind the wheel of a car in Italy = death wish). So, last week we set off for a week in the Land of Pizza and Pasta- 1 night in Rome, 3 nights in Positano and 3 nights in Sorrento- the ultimate Amalfi Coast road trip. Here’s everything you need to know:
How to get to your Amalfi Coast road trip
Our original plan was to fly to Naples, but we found it was cheaper to fly to Rome and drive down to the Amalfi Coast. We flew with Ryanair for the first time after booking flights during their 24 hour Brexit sale, and then hired a car with Goldcar.
From Rome, we took a 3 hour drive down to Positano, and then another 40 minute drive back to Sorrento when it came to the last leg of our trip.
Where to stay on your Amalfi Coast road trip
Rome: Le Quattro Dame Suites
Unlike the rest of our accommodation, this one’s not strictly a ‘hotel’. There’s a small lobby, and you will be greeted by a member of staff, but otherwise it’s a bit like Air BnB. Besides that, the rooms are amazing. Think marble bathrooms, high ceilings and big balconies overlooking the streets. It’s in the perfect location for all the tourist hotspots, too, but you’ll need to find your own breakfast and room service is a no-no.
Cost: £180 a night
Positano: Hotel Conca D’Oro
How many times have you seen Positano on your Instagram this summer? I’ve lost count. Hardly surprising then, that hotel prices have rocketed- we’re talking £500 a night if you’re after luxury- so we opted for a 3* resort that looked almost as good as the others. Hotel Conca D’Oro puts on a decent complimentary breakfast spread, while rooms have amazing views over the Amalfi Coast and the rest of the town. One thing to note is that it doesn’t have a pool, but a lot of the resorts in Positano don’t and the beaches are beautiful enough.
Cost: £100 a night with breakfast
Sorrento: Grand Hotel Angolieri
I say Sorrento, but this one’s actually based in a small village just outside called Seiano. It’s a 5* resort complete with two Michelin star restaurant, infinity pool and the best sunset setting I’ve ever experienced. There’s a pool bar that serves food and drinks throughout the day, but if a few steps aren’t enough to put you off, the town is only a ten minute walk below.
Cost: £180 a night with breakfast
Where to eat on your Amalfi Coast road trip
You haven’t experienced Italy if you haven’t experienced the food. Restaurants are always top of our list when it comes to deciding where to stay, and our road trip was no exception. Here are some of our faves:
What to do on your Amalfi Coast road trip
1. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
2. Eat a pizza
3. Visit the Coloseum
1. Spend a day at Positano beach, Spaggia Grande
2. Hire a Vespa and go exploring
3. Go shopping in Positano square
4. Eat the best gelato you’ve ever eaten
1. Get lost in the streets
2. Watch the sunset
3. Eat a lemon sorbet
4. Take a day trip to Capri
Italy was beautiful, but considerably more expensive than expected. We ended up spending roughly £1400 across the week- and that was with only my boyfriend drinking alcohol. Worth it? Not so sure. I’ve visited places where we’ve spent almost half that across two weeks (Bali being one), but it depends how long you want to spend travelling. Just be prepared for some hefty bills.