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Italian Summer Vacation Series: Amalfi Coast & Hike of the Gods

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And we’re back! After a short pause from posting I am back to share even more about my favorite summer destination, Italy. Heading down the coast from Positano, we headed to Amalfi for the best views and a bit of adventure. Amalfi not only has beautiful churches and architecture (and sometimes adorable puppies!), but is also known for its Hike of the God’s path.

After taking the winding narrow road bus ride up to the very top of the mountain high above the city, you’ll start to see why the path is named this. The clouds seem closer than the turquoise sea below! And the views are unlike anything I have ever seen. The coastline is miles and miles of mountainside meeting right up to the waters edge. 

So, here is what you should know if you want to do the Hike of the God’s Path yourself:

  1. The SITA bus will leave from the bus terminal down in Amalfi and will take you 30 minutes to drive you up to the starting point. It will take you about 4 hours to get from Amalfi back down to Positano (where we were staying)
  2. Pack water and wear good walking shoes, you’ll be climbing over stones and large rocks at points (even though I did see one woman doing the hike in platform shoes with two little kids, no idea how she did it)
  3. It will take you about 4 hours to get from Amalfi back down to Positano (where we were staying) so if its at all sunny, you’ll want a good amount of sunscreen on and maybe even a hat. Not much shade up at the top of the mountain. We chose to do the hike on a cloudier day and it was well worth it.

Next were heading onto the city in Italy that you can never go to just once……..ROME!

If you missed out on what to do on a day trip to Capri, check it out here!

Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle

Last year on our way down to Austria to do a bit of skiing, we decided to make a stop at the Neuschwanstein Castle, just an hour and a half south of Munich. This is the castle that the famous Disney castle is designed after. Most castles that you will find in Germany were built over 500 years ago. This castle however, was built in 1869 and looks very new compared to most. It really does feel like the place where all the Disney princesses get together. Driving up, I could see the castle nestled up on the hill from quite far away.
Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

Once you get there, you can either take a walk through the little town at the base of the mountain and make your way up to the top or take a guided tour which will take you inside the castle. We opted for walking up and enjoyed the views from outside.

Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

The sunset there was amazing and it was a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

This is definitely a worthwhile side trip if you are visiting Munich or anywhere nearby! It is a picture perfect spot!

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