Naples was a port of call on our 12-day Mediterranean Cruise. We decided to get out of the city and take a drive down the Amalfi Coast.
We booked a private tour through Joe Banana Limo and Carlo was our driver. He was full of knowledge about the Amalfi Coast.
After leaving the ugly port of Naples, we passed Mount Vesuvius.
It was pretty hazy in the morning and I was nervous it wouldn’t clear, but eventually it did. We stopped at a lookout and took pictures of the town of Sorrento.
Like the Pacific Coast Highway along the coast of California, the road along the Amalfi Coast is windy and drops off to the ocean far below.
Our first stop was in the town of Positano. It was absolutely beautiful.
Carlo dropped us off for about an hour. We walked by shops and down to the beach. We took some photos, then stopped at a café for beer, coffee and Fanta!
After continuing further along the coast, we spent about an hour in the town of Amalfi.
We stocked up on limoncello (this region of Italy is known for their lemons!) and ate gelato.
Next, Carlo drove us to a town just before Ravello for lunch.
We ate at Ristorante Pizzeria San Giovanni. It was scrumptious!
Our meal started with prosecco and a local white wine.
We ordered caprese as an appetizer and each had our own pizza. (Naples is the birthplace of pizza.) We all sampled each other’s and all were amazing!
The meal ended with a chilled shot of limoncello. Mmm mmm! Refreshing! (Which was nice, because it was HOT!) The limoncello was a little stronger than we were expecting (30% alcohol), but still very good!
After lunch we went to our final stop – the less crowded town of Ravello.
We simply wandered the streets looking at ceramics (we bought a beautifully painted ceramic tile for our kitchen).
We ended our day with the drive back to the Naples port through the mountains. We had to stop in the middle of the road for goats to pass by.
We didn’t talk much on the way back, as we were all tired from a long day and the heat (it takes a lot out of you)! We just enjoyed the relaxing windy drive back to port. We were dropped off back at our ship, laid out, ate dinner and went to bed to rest up for our next adventure – Rome!
Want to keep exploring?
You can check out the other Mediterranean cruise ports we visited on our 12 day adventure!