As you can see below, I could hardly contain my excitement last week as we drove into Positano. I had long been dreaming of visiting Italy and we planned the perfect combination of adventure in Rome with relaxation on the Amalfi Coast. I recapped with a list of 6 things not to be missed on the Amalfi Coast and now, the packing list.

We went at the end of April which I would highly recommend – it’s just before the busy season so we enjoyed very little crowds and perfect weather, 70s and sunny during the day and a little cooler in the mornings and evenings. So I ditched my typical uniform of head-to-toe black in favor of colorful skirts, versatile layers and strategic accessories.


1. A sun hat with a wide brim to keep the UV rays away on the Amalfi Coast. This one is crushable so I had no qualms about stuffing it into my suitcase.

2. My leather jacket was the perfect layer for the plane, driving between cities and dinners once the sun went down.

3. I kept this modal scarf with me nearly everywhere I went in case it got a little cool. It was especially perfect to drape over my bare shoulders when we visited churches in Rome.

4. Bodysuits and printed skirts were the easiest combination for mixing and matching to make the most of suitcase space. A couple of dresses, too, because they’re the simplest one-and-done approach to outfits.

5. Comfortable shoes were essential. I brought embroidered sneakers for the long days we spent walking 11+ miles around Rome and low block-heel sandals for the cobblestone hills of the Amalfi Coast.


6. I wore this crochet-knit sweater was the day we took a boat out. It was a little cool in the morning and this was the perfect layer over my bikini until the sun came out.

7. A full bottle of sunscreen. After my shoulders got a bit red the first day, I kept it in my bag to reapply diligently. This formula absorbs quickly and smells divine but not overpoweringly so.

8. My small straw bag was the perfect size for what I needed and nothing more. I’ll often fill up the space I have so carrying a smaller bag kept me from being weighed down. It also snapped shut which appeased everyone who warned me of pickpockets.


1. A day at La Fontelina Beach Club

A quick ferry from Positano will bring you to the island of Capri. We went just for the day to visit the spot where one of my favorite Slim Aarons photographs was taken, La Fontelina. Being here felt like being in the scene of a movie or the pages of a magazine – tanned couples lay on blue and white striped chairs next to teal water so sparkling clear that you could spot the fuchsia jellyfish lolling meters below the surface.

2. Dinner at Trattoria Da Cumpa Cosimo

In what feels like an actual family home, we had one of the best meals of our trip – authentic Italian home cooking with grandma Netta stopping by each table to check in. Order the seafood pasta and don’t leave without trying the tiramisu.


3. A private boat from Positano

Renting a boat from the beach in Positano was one of my favorite parts of our trip. We strolled down to the Lucibello stand on the beach and picked out a boat comfortable for four. The company was recommended from friends and in turn I recommend them to everyone. It’s a small beach and big umbrella, you can’t miss it! A guide brought the boat to us, showed us how to “stop, go, faster, slower” then hopped off and said “see you later, maybe.” Talk about laissez-faire. With baguettes and a bottle of wine, we set off along the Amalfi Coast.


4. Customize a pair of leather sandals

The only shopping I did in Italy was a pair of custom leather sandals in Amalfi. I went to this darling shop where there was an entire wall of styles and colorful leather straps to choose from. The sweetest girl helped me decide then made them right then and there. She fit me for the leather soles, cut the straps, measuring and adjusting at each stage for the perfect fit. The last touch was embossing my initials onto the sole.


5. Walk from Ravello to Amalfi

It’s about an hour walk from Ravello to Amalfi along a pedestrian pathway that’s thankfully 90% downhill. It runs along narrow cobblestone paths, through lemon tree groves, beside the sea – swoon. We wound up taking closer to two hours with how often we stopped to snap photos.

6. Eat Gelato every chance you get

My diet in Italy consisted entirely of pasta and gelato – coffee in the morning, lemon in the afternoon. It was divine. After walking to Amalfi, get gelato at Pasticceria Savoia and sit on the steps of the Amalfi Cathedral.


Ok, I’ve simply lost track of how many bottles of Bioderma I’ve been through. I was hooked after my first use and, unlike most areas of my beauty routine, was never tempted to try another.

Bioderma has been a cult-classic Parisian pharmacy staple since long before the micellar water craze. Though it looks and feels like ordinary water, micellar water is made up of microscopic micelles that act like a magnet for makeup and impurities, removing them without stripping skin like some soaps and cleansers will.

My version of double cleansing is to remove makeup with Bioderma then use a gentle cleanser from my dermatologist. It’s super easy – even waterproof mascara is gone in a few swipes of a Bioderma-soaked cotton pad.

I use Bioderma Sensibio H20, the one formulated for sensitive skin. It’s hypoallergenic and has cucumber extract for an incredibly soothing effect on dry or irritated skin. Before I lived in New York where it’s easy to find, I would order it in bulk on Beautylish.

If you’re using anything other than a micellar water to remove your makeup, you must give this a try.

Photo, Jennifer Nam