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What do we love about the Amalfi Coast? Well, there are the VIEWS – always astounding, always drawing oohs and aahs, whether we’re relaxing by the pool at our favorite Capri hotel, approaching iconic Positano from the water, gazing up at the majestic Duomo of Amalfi, posing before the Faraglioni rocks of Capri, watching Vesuvius fade into the distanceas we speed across the bay, pulling into Capri’s colorful Marina Grande before spiraling high above to Anacapri, or enjoying the vista from the Belvedere of Infinity in Ravello. We’ve taken in these views for nearly twenty years, and they still make us gasp anew each time!
Then there’s the food….a fritto misto fresh from the surrounding waters, a caprese salad created on the island for which it’s named,
pizza in the land of its birth, a lemon granita (a slushy) from our favorite cart up the hill in Positano,
fresh fish from the sea below us in Ravello, and that marvelous lemon-tinged lunch we learned how to make with our guests at Villa Maria Agriturismo, under the lemon groves above Minori, before enjoying it with yet another fabulous view.
We also love the history that surrounds us – that 13th century Moorish style cloister and loggia of the Duomo in Amalfi,the peaceful Villa San Michele, constructed in Anacapri for a Swedish doctor at the turn of the 19th century, incorporating relics from the ruins of a villa of Emperor Tiberius on which it was built,
the gardens and cloister of Villa Cimbrone, dating from the 11th century, and the mysterious 13th century passageways in Atrani and Amalfi, even more enticing after dark.
Is it any surprise that we chose this fabulous part of Italy to premier our Wonder Tours last spring?!
We’ll be back in April 2020 – why not join us and experience these wonders for yourself?
Friday, July 17, 2015
Amalfi and Positano, Italy
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Our favorite aspect of the Hotel Reginna Palace, headquarters of the festival, is the beautiful pool area and garden, where we enjoy breakfast and dinner each day. Sheltered by lush wisteria vines and lemon trees, the terrace is such an inviting place to start each day. We’re heading for Positano today, and to get there from Maiori, we take a small boat to Amalfi, taking in the views of yesterday’s destination, Ravello, high on a rocky point (that white contemporary hanging on the side is Gore Vidal’s former home), passing adorable little Atrani – one of our favorite authentic Amalfi coast lovelies,
and taking advantage of the hour before our next ferry to walk into Amalfi, bravely crossing the two lane Amalfi Coast Highway in between buses and cars. Amalfi’s relatively quiet this early in the morning, and it’s fun to peek into whitewashed corridors (Arab baths from the 1300s) and note how stairs rise immediately on either side of the one street through town. Friends who’ve rented an apartment here talked of descending 80 plus steps each morning to the bakery, then UP again!
Filling our bottles with cold water from the hills above, we board the larger ferry for the half hour cruise to Positano.Gorgeous sailboats are moored offshore- the eye-catching pastels of the town must be a lovely sight from there – and one yacht even has a water slide off the upper deck – looks like fun!While the ladies started shopping,Kirk bought tart lemon granitas for all from our favorite lady-and-the-boat at the top of Positano’s winding lanes – this is where the Amalfi Coast road comes through Positano, and where the only bus stop is- quite a hike above the shore. Then Kirk doctored the icy treat with his little bottle of limoncello – wow what a taste! Cheers!We’ll consider that treat our aperitif – now on to lunch, along the cliffside path, past the Saracen tower that’s been nicely renovated into a vacation rental. Perched on the cliffside, O Guaracino has our table ready, along with a chilled pitcher of crisp local white, and plenty of cold water (yes, it’s still HOT!)With views from one side to another, friendly, welcoming staff, and the freshest of seafood cooked on an open fire, it’s our favorite Positano restaurant.
And a little more lemon is the perfect finish to our feast.Back to Maiori on our two-ferry trip, and perhaps there’s time for a dip in the pool before dinner?Then a stroll down the Corso to the town hall for tonight’s concert – chamber music under the colorful frescoes.