17 August 2016

What's in My Bag: An August Wedding on the Amalfi Coast

I rarely travel in August, preferring the cooler and somewhat quieter months for the destinations I tend to visit of May, June, September and October. However, I was very excited to receive an invitation to my cousin's wedding, which takes place in Sorrento this week. I've spent a lot of time in Italy, but mainly in Milan, Bologna, Rome and Sardinia, and, despite my love of Neapolitan pizza, I've never been to Naples.

We will spend a couple of days in Naples and then travel down to Sorrento, hopefully taking in Pompeii, Capri and the Amalfi Coast along the way. It's going to be hot and sunny all week, although I'm hoping we will get a bit of a sea breeze. And, of course, I needed to bring clothes for various occasions, from sight-seeing and island hopping to more formal wedding events. As usual, I brought my Rimowa Salsa Air cabin suitcase and the almost-matching small Longchamp Le Pliage tote

Clothing-wise, I kept things simple: five colourful, casual dresses; two pairs of shorts, five tees and tanks, a light cardigan, two bikinis and my running kit. I also brought two more formal dresses, one for the wedding (the one I got tailored in Hoi An) and another for a drinks reception. I also brought my cobalt blue Mulberry Lily to use as an evening bag.

I usually stick to a limit of three pairs of shoes when I travel, which, for warm climates, means running shoes, ballet flats and flip flops. For this trip, I also packed a pair of blue leather sandals. I'm not quite sure they are quite suitable for the wedding but I didn't have anything else that worked with my dresses, and I'm also hoping that I might pick up a new pair in Sorrento, which is well known for its leather shoes. We will see!

I added in my usual toiletries, cameras and other electronics, but there is still room in both the suitcase (which I carried onto the plane to maximise pizza time) and tote for any souvenirs. Not pictured: the hat I almost forgot and my DSLR.

I'm not sure coffee's third wave has reached Campania, but I'm hoping to enjoy some good Neapolitan-style espresso; I would welcome any good coffee/cafe recommendations for Naples or Sorrento. I have an overfull list of restaurants and things-to-do but please let me know in the comments if there is anything you think I shouldn't miss. Grazie mille!


  1. Hi Bex,

    You have the same Lonely Planet Guide that I do, only mine's about 10 years out of date now, which is when I was last (and first) in Naples. That was the only time an airline lost my luggage, so I hope you and your suitcase fare better than I did!

    Like you, I try to avoid the hot/busy months. I was out there in February, when the climate was lovely :-)


    1. Thanks, Brian. My Lonely Planet is from this year but lots of the information is already way out of date, both in terms of prices and opening times. I do wonder whether they have brought in 'August pricing'. Annoying, but cannot be helped. February sounds like a lovely time to visit. I'd love to come back in the spring or autumn.