With the weather in Sorrento being so nice, this past week I went on a few outdoor adventures that are not to be missed.
From Monte Faito to the Ieranto Bay, to boats around Capri and Positano, I had an amazing week outdoors on the Sorrento coast!
Monte Faito and Castellamare di Stabia
On Thursday morning I got up very early and took the train from Sorrento to Castellammare di Stabia. Right at the train station;
then I bought a ticket to take the Funivia del Monte Faito cable car to the top of the mountain.
I stood in awe inside the cable car as it went higher up the mountain, watching as the towns below me became smaller.
Though on sea level it was the beginning of a warm and clear day, at the top of the mountain the high altitude left a slight chill in the air as the peak of the mountain reached the clouds.
After getting out of the cable car, you arrive in a small town area with restaurants where you can decide which hiking path you would like to go on.
At about 1400 meters above sea level, the view from the top is incredible.
Walking along the paths you can hear the birds chirping and see small lizards scurrying around.
It felt so serene and peaceful as I took in the panoramic view.
One of the paths I took brought me to an outlook where I could see the Sorrento Peninsula and Capri with the Faraglioni rocks to my left, and Mount Vesuvius and Naples to my right.
So I just sat on the rocks of the outlook for a while, in awe of how beautiful this place is and feeling incredibly grateful to able to experience it.
Along the hiking paths, there are so many places to stop to enjoy the amazing views.
Going to Monte Faito is a must for nature lovers and hikers, especially if you want some of the best views on the coast.
At the end of the day I took the cable car back down to Castellammare di Stabia, and not wanting the day to end, I got a sandwich and sat on the beach taking in the view of Vesuvius as I watched the sunset over the ocean.
On Friday morning I went with a few of my friends to Capri for the day.
After taking the 20-minute ferry from the Sorrento port, we arrived in Capri ready to explore the island.
Once there, we took the funicular up to the town to easily get into the main part of Capri.
Walking around the town, there are so many small winding streets with lots of boutiques, designer stores, and handmade sandal shops.
After walking around for a little bit we went to Anacapri where we took a chair lift to Monte Solaro, the highest point of Capri.
Monte Solaro, infact, provides an amazing view of the Faraglioni rocks from the top, as well as the clear blue ocean and the Isle of Ischia in the distance.
Later in the afternoon, we took a private boat tour around the island to enjoy Capri from the sea.
While on our boat tour, we had the opportunity to go into the Blue Grotto.
After getting onto a small boat and paying at the entrance of the grotto, we waited in a line of boats to enter the small cave.
Lying down on your back to enter the grotto, the person manning the boat pulls the boat into the cave with a rope fixed to the top of the rocks.
And then, the wonder.
Inside the Blue Grotto was the most vibrant water I have ever seen.
The water was just such a deep, glowing blue and I definitely think everyone should look to experience it during a trip to Capri!
After our boat tour, we headed back to Sorrento and got gelato to finish off such a wonderful day
On Saturday, I had a field trip for my drawing class to the Ieranto Bay.
After taking a bus to Massa Lubrense we began the 40-minute hike down to the bay.
The path descends down the side of the mountain revealing the magnificent view of Capri and the Faraglioni Rocks in between the landmarks of Punta Campanella and Punta Penna.
Along the path there you pass many lemon, orange, and olive trees and the scent of blooming flowers fills the air.
It was here in this Marine Protected Area that I saw some of the most crystal clear waters of the coast.
Though this can be a slightly difficult hike to complete, the view from the bay makes it all worth the walk.
Though the chilly water brought many jellyfish into the area, we were still able to go kayaking and snorkeling in addition to relaxing on the small beach area.
This is definitely a hidden gem of the coast that has some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen.
Boat to Positano
In celebration of two of my friends’ birthdays, I finished out the weekend by renting two boats with my friends that stopped in Positano for a few hours.
Departing from Massa Lubrense, the boats went along the coastline, allowing us to view the Ieranto Bay we had gone to the day before from the sea.
We spent the day relaxing on the boat and swimming in the beautiful waters around the coast and had such a fun day together!
I had four incredible days of beautiful views, weather, and experiences!
The Sorrento coast is such an amazing place to explore because of its natural beauty that allows for unique experiences and lifelong memories.
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