Buon Giorno Italia! (almost)

With the hours available to me to do some heavy/thorough/conclusive research on our upcoming week on the Amalfi coast (we leave this Sunday, July 29th) I realized that we wanted to rethink our accommodations. I've learned that while this region in Italy is really picturesque and dreamy beyond belief, it's much more suited for a scuba family or deep sea diving family or a close relative to Jacques Cousteau (or families that don't mind rocky-dirty postage stamp-sized beaches) and since we're ocean fanatics (dare I say snobs?) and swimming and the water and all that comes with those were huge reasons for choosing this location for our vacation-within-a-vacation, we decided to switch our centrally-located inn in Sorrento on the Amalfi coast.

We're now staying at the Hotel Piccolo Paradiso (http://www.piccolo-paradiso.com/Inglese.htm in Massa Lubrense.

And in two days we'll rouse the kids at some ungodly hour (4am for 5am taxi ride to the airport) and catch a flight to Milan, 3 hour lay-over, and then arrive into Naples around midday. Grab a rental car and navigate ourselves for roughly 37 miles (but word has it that it could take as much as two hours due to winding switchbacks and death-defying mountainside S-curves-wanna come along Mom?) to Massa Lubrense, just 5 miles from Sorrento, our original destination. A bit more expensive but the place comes with a pool and a view. And then we can hopefully enjoy the following......along with planned trips to Mt. Vesuvius, Capri, Pompeii and a variety of Greek and Roman ruins.


beachbungalow8 said...

these photos are beeeeyooootiful. i want to be there! you didn't miss much in the D.R. i think you're in the better place.

Karen @ BonjourBruxelles said...

I cannot tell you how amazing it is here...the water adn the cliffs...but it's also very, very authentic. We could have spent much more money on a more sterialized hotel or more 'American' but this is fine. Once you get over the flight and the drive (and many hire drivers because it's an insane-death-defying experience) the location is so worth it. We're checking out Capri tomorrow.

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