Sapri is the good life, and yes, it’s true.
We did a weekend trip through John Cabot to the small, coastal town of Sapri, a four hour train ride south of Rome. I didn’t have high expectations for this trip and even had some regrets about even booking a trip to a not so popular town. But to my surprise, I fell in love with this quiet, unknown place.
We arrived to the cutest and most quaint bed and breakfast located on a high hill overlooking the breathtaking view of the Gulf of Sapri. It was run by a family who knew enough English to get by but made you feel like part of the family with their excitement and smiles. The house was huge and comfortably accommodated the 15 people in our group.
We started with a boat tour on the water that Emily described as the color of blue Kool-Aid. The shades of blue were like nothing I’ve ever seen before. We drifted along the coast next to ginormous mountains that every so often had caves carved away into the side.
We were even able to adventure into one called the Canale di Mezzanotte (Midnight Canal). We then anchored into a cove with an empty, rocky beach to relax in the sun, swim, and snorkel. After the boat trip, we were able to do some real rock climbing along an area near the water. We were strapped to a rope of course but it was A LOT harder than it looked. Sadly, Em and I were the a few of the ones to not make it to the top (upper body strength, where you at??) but it was still an experience. We finished the day with a delicious dinner of appetizers and pizza.
Sunday was the best experience. We had an over 4 mile hike into the mountains of Sapri. 4 miles sounds easy right? Nope, not when you’re literally climbing the sides of sky high mountains, tumbling over large patches of rocks, and walking on a incline for the majority of the trip. It was magnificent, inspiring, every adjective you could think of. The pictures will never bring to life the views and beauty we saw today. I can’t even find the words to describe the feeling of literally being on top of the world and overseeing views of the water and mountains that you only see in movies or pictures. It was tough and we were exhausted but the feeling of accomplishment was worth it.
Lastly, I never expected to make the connections I did on only a two day adventure. I don’t thrive in big groups so this setting made it perfect for me to meet and learn about these 13 other JCU students. We had kids from Texas, Missouri, California and so on and small talk really didn’t exist on this trip. We talked about real life things and related to each other on so many levels. I think part of this is thanks to the fact that none of us had “LTE” lit up at the top of our phones. Phone usage was slim and actual conversations were had. It was honestly such an enjoyable time.
We have a three day school week thanks to an Italian holiday on Thursday and we take on the Amalfi Coast next weekend.
Leaving some of our love in Sapri,
Kristi + Em
P.S. We were filmed multiple times for an Italian TV show displaying the wonderful places in Italy. Can’t wait to finally be famous!!