Tuscany: The Land of Cozy

After getting our chill on in Positano, we headed back up North toward the Tuscan sun (had to do it).


As I discussed in my post about getting to Positano, it’s not exactly the simplest place to get to (or leave). Although we origianally took a taxi from Naples to Positano, this time around we only needed to get to Sorrento to pick up a rental car. Because this is a shorter distance (and our taxi experience left something to be desired), we opted to take a bus from Positano to Sorrento. Note that if you plan ahead and aren’t super attached to departure or arrival times, you could also take a boat for this leg of the trip.

Although a little windy and not exactly ideal for car-sickness prone folks like me, the winding route from Positano was scenic and pretty quick. The skill with which bus drivers navigate sharp turns and continuous surprises is incredible!


Before long we arrived in Sorrento, a town famous for its lemons and gorgeous views. If you’re looking for a more accessible taste of the Amalfi coast than Positano, this is a lovely (albeit more crowded) option for you. On top of picking up the rental car, it was a perfect opportunity to pick up any other needed items (groceries, Italian-made espresso makers, just the necessities) before our trek up North.

photo from the drive up to tuscany

We opted to rent a car in order to have freedom to choose our own route. With the high number of destinations on our list, this proved to be a less stressful option than navigating countless train tickets, taxis, and buses that would have been necessary otherwise.

It also gave us to opportunity to enjoy the the gorgeous scenery at a slower pace, stopping wherever we liked without worrying about timetables.

It took us about 6 hours to arrive in Tuscany. We had an AirBnB booked in the little village of Rignano sull’Arno.

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Leonardo and his family were incredibly warm and welcoming, gleefully pointing us in the direction of the only open-late restaurant in town (owned by his brother). We sampled the fare of Tuscany, a distinctly heavier style of cuisine than the seafood of the Amalfi coast with its own charming and cozy quality.