The Italian Coast.

Killian Gilvary
April 24, 2014

Each semester, IES Abroad hosts a trip for their students and I was lucky enough to go on the trip to the Amalfi Coast. Being someone who is obsessed with taking pictures of everything, the Amalfi Coast has been a photographic dream of mine for a while now, so I am extremely grateful that I got the chance to go!

We began the trip by leaving for Naples at 8:00am, I definitely drank about three coffees that morning. Even with my ridiculous amount of coffee, I still managed to sleep until we made it to Naples. We arrived at this tiny winery called Cantine del Vesuvio.  We were treated to the most delicious lunch and wines, and there was even dessert! Cantine del Vesuvio is special because they don’t sell their wine anywhere else but from the winery, which I though was very neat. Once we finished, we got back on the bus and headed for Sorrento. In Sorrento we went on a Limoncello tour. We got to see the lemon groves, how the lemons were picked and packaged, and how limoncello was made. We also got a free sample, which was delicious! I couldn’t help but buy a bottle as well as a ton of lemon candies. After the tour we headed back to our hotel for dinner and I called it a night.

The beautiful vineyard with Mt. Vesuvius in the background.

More vineyard pictures!

The main course of our delicious lunch.

These lemons were just cleaned and are now ready to be sorted.

This is the beginning of the limoncello process. The lemon peels are taken off and then soaked in the alcohol to give the limoncello it’s lemony taste.

The next morning we left for Positano! I fell in love. Positano is one of the prettiest cities I have ever seen! With the houses all built upon the mountain, the unbelievably blue water, and the rainbow of colors everywhere you look, how could one not fall in love? We had a couple hours to explore, and I bought a painting by a local artist. From Positano we headed to the Amalfi Coast by boat! That was so fun. The Italian Coast is beautiful. It is unlike any coastline I have ever seen, and getting the chance to see it from the water was so cool. It looks so different from a boat than it does from the bus. In Amalfi, we had a short little tour and were then set free to explore again and I decided to get a sweet treat and sit on the beach for the remainder of the trip.

The beautiful houses of Positano.

The view of Positano from the boat.

The coastline is gorgeous. The mountains are so different from the beaches I’ve seen back home!

These rocks are known as the kissing rocks. Some say that they look like two elephants kissing!

Some pretty buildings at the Amalfi Coast!

Sorrento and Amalfi were wonderful, but I personally enjoyed Positano the most. With it’s cute little shops, it’s relaxing atmosphere, and the beautiful colors, it made me wish I could spend the rest of my life on the Italian coast.


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Killian Gilvary

<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">I am currently a junior at the Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Art History and Criminology. I am an active member in the service sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma, and I enjoy giving back to my community and school. In my free time, I enjoy photography, cooking, reading, and spending time with my friends. Traveling to Italy has always been one of my goals, and I have been lucky enough to receive the opportunity to study abroad in Rome. I look forward to seeing all of my favorite works of art in person, as well as being able to immerse myself in the Italian culture. I hope my blog will not only allow you to view my experience in Rome, but that it will also allow you to immerse yourself in the Italian culture through my photos.</span></p>

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