The Heart of the Amalfi Coast!

With our blog focusing a lot at the moment on recipes and book reviews it's been a while since we shared any adventures or personal bits and pieces with you guys. We have been sharing lots of Italy pictures from our recent holiday over on Instagram, but today thought it would be fun to put together a blog for 'Dolce Vita Bloggers' and share with you some unedited, real and raw photos from one of our most favourite places in the world.

This trip to Italy was especially special for us as it was our first ever sister holiday; just the three of us; us and our younger sister Jen. Furthermore, it was our first time venturing to Italy without our Mum, Auntie or Uncle to guide us and translate. We spent five days in Praiano, the town our Nanna grew up in and it was absolute heaven on earth.

This is us outside our hotel waiting for our cousin Luisa to come so we could all get the bus to Amalfi. For me and Kelly this was our first time going to Amalfi. We have had it on our bucket lists since we were kids as it is home to the Pasticceria our Grandad used to bring us cakes from.

A dream realized!!!!! Pasticceria Pansa was everything we dreamed it would be and more. We were on cloud nine. The place is absolutely stunning and out of this world. We sat and had treats and coffees and chatted to our cousin and it was simply magical. Their lemon delight, rum baba, cornetti's and honestly everything were divine!!!

Me outside the church on Psalm Sunday holding my book because I was incredibly excited to take pictures of it everywhere in Italy. Italy inspired me so much with 'How to Bake a New Beginning' and I can't wait for you to read 'The Ingredients for Happiness' as this Italian trip gave me lots of inspiration for events taking place in this one! :)

We love Italian breakfasts so being greeted by this spread every morning made us jump out of bed with smiles on our faces each day. Nowhere makes cornetti's like Italy and their custard...we don't even have the right words!!! They also made the best Cappuccinos, which we enjoyed on the balcony, in the sunshine on some mornings.

Picking Lemons from our Auntie's garden is extremely precious to us. We can just picture our Nanna and her sister's doing the same thing when they were growing up in exactly the same place and it fills our hearts with happiness. This lemon we bought home for Nanna. The picture below the lemon is our Auntie Rosetta's Torta Caprese. This cake is rich, chocolately, scrumptious, mouth watering and truly melts in your mouth. Our Auntie is a phenomenal cook and we adored getting to sit around the table eating fresh food and delicious desserts over espresso with her every day!

We're smiling in this photo but oh how our feet were in pain. We haven't stood on this beach since we were four and though we were aware that there's no sand but shells and cobbles, we had forgotten how painful this is to stand on. We blame Jen for having the smart idea to take our shoes and socks off. This day we had a wonderful time eating gelato and exploring Positano with Luisa. The views and shops in Positano are stunning and gorgeous in every way.

This view we will never tire from. Praiano captured our hearts when were were just kids and still it takes our breaths away. This trip was truly magical and just what we all needed. It soothed our souls, inspired us and gave us some time to pause, reflect and give thanks. We had so much fun switching off for a few days, spending time with family we don't see often and falling more in love with Italy with every step (and there were thousands) we took.

We hope you like this little photo diary. For more pictures from our holiday check out our Instagram page. :)

Have you been to Italy? Where did you visit on your most recent holiday?

Have a wonderful day.