EF College Break: New Years European Road Trip Overview

EF College Break: New Years European Road Trip Overview

Find out more about the New Years European Road Trip offered by EF College Break.

Amalfi Coast: The Beautiful Drive

 Pompeii from outside the gates.  

Pompeii from outside the gates.  

Our final day in Italy consisted of a day trip from Rome to Naples and then onto the Amalfi Coast. We arrived by train in Naples and were picked up by a driver/tour guide for our trip down the Amalfi Coast. Leaving Naples we hit the expressway to get straight to the town of Amalfi, where we would begin winding our way back up the coast to Naples. As we left we were able to see Mount Vesuvius, as well as the ruins of Pompeii in the distance. 

After an hour of driving we arrived in Amalfi, a little town with the most amazing views in Italy that we had seen. We only had half an hour to explore this town, which consisted of gelato and walking out on their pier to get a photo of this small town.  

 Amalfi.  

Amalfi.  

After Amalfi we began our journey back up the coast of Italy, filled with winding roads and tunnels to make the journey all the more fun, as long as you don't get car sick easily. We passed through small towns, saw beautiful churches with their signature ceramic domes, and passed small fishing villages below the bridges in the valleys.  

 One of the fishing villages.  

One of the fishing villages.  

We made our way to the next stop, Sorento. While in Sorento we shopped, look at the amazing views while enjoying a drink, and sampled the best limoncello we had had during the trip. The stop also meant that we would be picking up some limoncello to bring home to remember the trip with. I picked up the normal limoncello and a pistachio limoncello, which is surprisingly great tasting, especially when it is really cold. We explored the town and looked at the amazing beaches and beautiful water that the town has to offer the visitors and residents alike. While exploring we learned that beach access actually costs money for people, unlike where we live at home and the beaches are free (unless you need to park in some cases).

 View while enjoying drinks in Sorento. 

View while enjoying drinks in Sorento. 

From Sorento we headed back off to Naples, with a stop to buy some fresh authentic mozzarella cheese along the way. We stopped at the gates of Pompeii to quickly see the ruins knowing that we would not have the time to actually explore them on foot, which I would love to return one day and be able to do, all before catching our train back to Rome so we could begin packing to head home the next day.  


Thank you to our tour guide and driver Alberto from Di Sarno Group for the amazing experience. I would highly recommend this tour, not only was he fun but he also gave us tips for returning to the Amalfi coast for another vacation. 

Pasta, Wine, and Gelato!

Italy is famous for it's history, architecture, culture, and food, of course! In March of 2013, I was lucky enough to travel to Italy through EF Tours (Joey will be going this July! Stay tuned!) and I immediately fell in love with the country. 

We flew into Venice and from there went to Florence, Assisi, Rome, and then Pompeii. Venice is exactly what you would imagine! Turquoise-blue water, gelato shops on every corner, and bustling people everywhere. When in Venice, there are two things I believe should be mandatory: taking a gondola ride and going into a tiny, family owned restaurant and ordering something that you don’t know how to pronounce. I promise you won’t be disappointed! I also suggest bringing a detailed map with you if you plan on going, it is VERY easy to get lost and I’m speaking from experience. 

Now for my all-time favorite city in Italy… Florence! Florence has the perfect balance between urban, city-life, and historical beauty. The buildings are gorgeous, the locals are welcoming, the history is abundant, and the food is to die for! While Rome is much more touristy and similar to other European cities, Florence has unique qualities that truly make it one-of-a-kind. If and when I return to Italy, Florence will be my first stop!

And although Rome wasn’t my favorite city, it still absolutely worth visiting! The Colosseum is a magnificent part of history and seeing it in person just gives you a whole new perspective and appreciation for past civilizations. 

A few tips for traveling to Italy…

1. March was very cold/rainy, so try and go between the months of May-August. Those are supposed to be the best months to go. 

2. Get Euros at your local bank before you go! The exchange rate is more expensive when you get there.

3. There are beggars/gypsies everywhere! Make sure you have a secure place, on your person, for your money and other important things.

4. Try at least three flavors of gelato, before you decide on your favorite (it’ll be a tough decision)

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