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Driving along the Amalfi Coastline consists of many small surprises on one big stretch of scenic views. Through each steep turn along the cliff side boasts a new view of a magical town. I loved peering out of the window to see what would be next as the way was made from Ravello to Positano. Each town had something new to experience, whether a duomo to venture into, a long shopped filled street, or a tasty treat. 

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Crunched for time between stops in Europe, I could not pass on the opportunity to go see Pompeii. Staying in Sorrento, I was headed to the Naples airport for my next destination and knew I would be driving right by a chance of a lifetime. Arriving at Pompeii, my driver was clear that all I had was 2 hours to walk around and see all that I could. For those of who you who have been to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, know that clearly 2 hours is not enough time to do the full experience and that 5 or 6 hours is more appropriate. So I put on my shoes, grabbed a bottle of water, and put my game face on.

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The first stop and well known town out of the Italian coastline treasures is the quaint destination of Sorrento. Known for limoncello, lively street music, and a bustling marketplaces, Sorrento is a destination for everyone. Each corner holds surprising new flavors of gelato, a new memorabilia with the famous lemon designed on it, and of course cafes you can smell a mile away. This town holds as the gateway to many popular destinations through the coastline of Italy. Only 30 minutes away from Ravello, Positano, and Amalfi, it makes for a great home base for indulging in the Mediterranean lifestyle. For those who crave a little adventure on the waters, the island of Capri is just a ferry ride away and can be easily experienced in just a day’s worth of time.

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Along the slice of heaven, better known as the Amalfi Coast of Italy, lies a small town called Ravello. Perched on the top of a mountainside, this quaint place has rivaling views looking out across the Mediterranean Sea. Naturally where else would you put one of the best, luxury hotels in the world? Belmond Hotels has done it again and has done it well. At the entrance of Ravello, down the brick road, lies an old historic palace that has been transformed into the current Hotel Caruso. As you enter inside, the fresco walls, a warm smile, and a greeting of “Welcome to the Caruso” will quickly sweep you off your feet. This is my review of the Belmond Hotel Caruso ( a Leading Hotels of the World property)…

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The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is one of the best hotels in Sorrento for those who are looking to not be right on the main path, experience old world Italian charm, and have a luxurious stay that rivals some of the best in the world. The staff were friendly and made the stay even more enjoyable (the concierge even brought me a converter when I forgot mine!). Thank you to Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria for such a wonderful experience in Sorrento, Italy.

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What was once a charming summer house overlooking the bay of Positano is now an exclusive Leading Hotels of the World hotel called Le Sirenuse. Positano attracts people of all sorts, those in search of Italian charm, quintessential food like fried calamari, or in my case a killer view. Le Sirenuse sits above the bay and those wanting to capture all that Positano has to offer can do so here. What I loved most about this hotel was that it use to be a family’s house so when it comes to decorations, special touches are truly special as they were handpicked by the family for you. This is my hotel review for Le Sirenuse Positano…

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