Things I learned on my trip to Italy: Travel tips, and the best hotel ever

Views from the Hotel Poseidon terrace, Poisitano, Italy | Farm Rio dress (on sale)

The moment I walked into this elegant boutique hotel, I knew I had chosen the right place for our three night stay in Positano. Situated high above the Mediterranean with stunning views of the town and the sparkling blue sea, Hotel Poseidon was everything I had read about: perfectly situated, quaint, and breathtaking. It was built in 1951 by the Azono family as a summer vacation villa, then shortly thereafter it was transformed to the hotel it is today, and it is still family run.

Anyone who visits Positano should stay in this hotel, unless of course you want to spend $2500 per night 😉. It is in the perfect location —  something to keep in mind when you have 300 stairs or a windy steep walk to navigate.  The complimentary breakfast, complete with champagne, freshly squeezed juices and endless cappuccinos, is the perfect way to start each morning on the terrace.  The staff is so kind and helpful, I can’t wait to go back!  

 

   
Images via Hotel Poseidon

 

What I really learned about traveling Italy in August

I must be getting better at packing because everything I packed I wore (that never happens), and the lightweight summer dresses served me perfectly. During the day I wore t-shirt dresses – this ATM, this AllSaints and this Sundry were on constant repeat, which worked out nicely given it was SO SO HOT! Then in the evening after showering and getting my hair back in control, I slipped into something a little nicer. By the way, my three absolute favorite travel items are these packing cubes, which kept us incredibly organized; this carry-on, which is easily identified because of its pretty rose gold color; and this packable hat, which I wore basically every day.

 

Chelsea 28 coverup | Gucci bag | Valentino flip flops | Linen button front dress | Gucci sunnies

 

Dresses I packed

 

Packing essentials

 

#1 Arienzo Beach Club

 

This was definitely one of the top places I wanted to go, and it didn’t disappoint. Make a reservation at the front desk for a beach chair and lunch, then take a quick 15 minute boat ride to this iconic spot with the bright orange umbrellas. The main beach area, Marina Grande, was a little too crowded, and quite the scene – but it looked super fun. We opted for the Arienzo Beach Club, and it was perfect. They have lunch seatings twice a day, and the limoncello spritzes … let’s just say I’ll be making them at home!

 

#2 Ravello and the Gardens of Villa Cimbrone

ATM dress | J.Crew hat | Gucci sunnies | Straw Bag | Sam Edelman sandals

The charming village of Ravello is a spot that can’t be missed. The terraced lemon tree groves are so beautiful and picturesque! Wandering through the narrow streets, I spotted the darling shop Bottega D’ Ago and quickly purchased this bag, thereby replacing the $3 Burberry knockoff Jake had been carrying around for me 😂.  We made our way to the historic Villa Cimbrone Gardens which were breathtaking. Perched 1200 feet above the Mediterranean, there are incredible views and sheer drop offs — but I couldn’t get near the edge due to my fear of heights!  View the gardens here, and promise this village will be on your must-see-in-Italy list.

 

 

#3. Ferry rides to Capri and Amalfi

 

J.Crew hat | Gucci sunnies | J.Crew stripe blouse | white denim skirt | Sam Edelman sandals

Ferries are the perfect way to travel; it’s relaxing, and you get to see the coastline and villages from a different perspective. We took a day trip to Capri, which is a tourist destination for sure, but it was still fun and the water is a shade of blue I’ve never seen anywhere else. (It was in Capri that I wandered into the Bottega Veneta shop and held the of-the-moment Pouch!)  Personally, I would recommend taking a private boat to Capri, sailing through the infamous grotto, and reserving a spot at the famous La Fontinella Beach Club. The town of Amalfi is another charming place to visit, and it’s easy to make day trips from there as well.

 

Thank you for following along and please reach out if you’d like any more information about my trip to Italy. While I’m not a travel writer or guide, I’m always happy to share my personal experiences with you. xo

 

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