LOVE ALWAYS, AMALFI | AMALFI COAST | ITALY
“When you walk in a dream, but you’re not dreaming’ seniore, that’s amore”
Get a taste of Southern Italy and fall in love with the Amalfi Coast walking up and down countless steps along colorful small old towns perched between mountains and the Sea, riding vespas along the winding streets with infinite views and cruising along the coastal line enjoying the azure blue sea.
Dear Amalfi Coast, we love you.
La vita è bella.
Life is beautiful.
I have lived in Salerno for a few years and Barto is originally from Avellino, just a few miles away.
Each and every time we return here, we just know how lucky we are to call this place our home away from home, spend more time with our friends and family and create more unforgettable memories with them.
Each year we sleep less, we see more, we eat, drink and dance more, we live and love more.
And each time we are in absolute awe of the beauties of this Unesco-listed landscape as it was our first time all over again. It never gets old, it just gets better.
This is home. This is where our heart is.
A great place we based ourselves out of and started our trip is Positano. But ladies, keep your heels at home, you will need shoes that are made for walking.
Positano is one of the steepest, but also most extraordinary and vivid towns to explore by foot.
We hiked up and down seemingly endless set of stairs, passed colored houses and medieval churches, visited little stores and cute cafes and stopped for stunning hilltop and beach views.
Once we made it to the bottom of Positano, we treated ourselves to our own special moment of a dolce vita (“a sweet life”) with a well deserved gelato at Buco di Bacco. Luckily the sugar rush also conveniently kicked in on your way back up. Yes, we got it, there is just no shortcut to the top.
We rented a boat to cruise the Mediterranean Sea, most rentals – up to six passengers- do not require a license. Optionally you can hire a skipper with your boat, but Barto prefers to take control and be the captain of the day. And I love being the captain’s wife.
Nothing beats pressing pause and play at our hearts desire, breathe in the scent of the Sea, dance to the rhythm of the waves and taste local Southern italian food.
A delicious place not to miss is “Da Adolfo”, a seaside restaurant only reachable by boat and just a short ride from Positano.
We simply throw our anchor, wave and wait to be picked up by one of the hot waiters. Alternatively you can call from Positano and be picked up there. Living the Italian life has never been simpler. Ahhh, vita bella.
#pressplay #dontmisstheboat #takecontrol #bethecaptainofyoureveryday #thecaptainswife
But this time we decided not leave our boat and picnic in the midst of the azure blue Sea instead.
For that we stopped at the beautiful cove at Conca dei Marini, a preferred hangout for many young locals and call the fishermens trattoria “Ippocampo” .
They happily delivered our lunch and drinks straight to the boat. Yum.
For anyone who knows us, knows that our favorite way to get around is by Vespa. And doing so at the Amalfi Coast IS undoubtedly our favorite.
It’s unbeatable to feel the breeze riding along the winding roads taking in the panoramic views along alternating valleys and cliffs between coves, beaches, towns and terraces cultivated with citruses, vineyards and olive groves.
We started in Positano and rode across the Bridge of Furore up to Ravello and back down to Amalfi and Atrani, made a quick stop at Capo D’Orso and enjoyed the ride through Maiori, Minori and Cetara, made a quick side trip down to Erchie and arrived at Vietri Sul Mare.
The streets may have not been perfect, but to us they were just perfect in their imperfections.
We stopped at the beautiful Bridge of Furore between Praiano and Conca dei Marini.
The aqua marine water (and the heat!) tempted me to jump 100 feet straight into this picture perfect, but surprisingly I didn’t give in to the temptation and calmly took the stairs along the mountain side to the tiny little beach hidden in the fjord.
The dip into the water was refreshing and reviving. And the view up from below worth every step down!
#azzurro #jumpingintopictureperfect #ilfiordodifurore
Ravishing views from the highest point of the Amalfi Coast in Ravello are incredibly unreal, we thought we were daydreaming. Well granted, we literally just stuck our heads in the clouds and felt closer to the sky than the Sea at this moment.
We walked the Ally of Immensity to the famous Terrace of Infinity at Villa Cimbrone and visited the Garden of the Soul at Villa Rufolo and opened our eyes and mind to infinite possibilities. (I mean, these names are already figments of imagination, aren’t they?)
We stayed at the Belmond Hotel Caruso and of course the view from their terrace or their famous pool was nothing less than perfection as well.
The best way to our hearts is through our stomachs. And with the winning words “We are ready to feed your appetite” the two guys at Da Zaccaria won our love forever.
We score a table at the tiny restaurant between Atrani and Amalfi overlooking the entire stunning coast and enjoy an afternoon of the freshest seafood delicacies. And all we needed to tell them is how hungry we were on a scale from 1-10. Well, isn’t it always a 10 out of 10?
The quality of the food definitely is.
The Amalfi Coast is famous for its super juicy xxl-lemons, cultivated in the typical terraced gardens along the coast, that they know how to fantastically make Limoncello of!
For digestion after the big lunch in Atrani, we took a walk into Amalfi town, visited the remarkable Duomo in the town center and strolled around for a little bit of souvenir shopping.
Our favorite store is Antichi Sapori d’Amalfi, where they offer a grand variety of Limoncello and hundreds of other flavors in beautifully handcrafted bottles in every shape you could possibly imagine. Aren’t we all guilty of buying things purely for their beautiful packaging? Well, these are actually amazing inside out. Win win.
We remembered from previous visits to Da Zaccaria that they had these amazing ceramic ashtrays with “Rubato da Zaccaria” -“Stolen from da Zaccaria” written on them.
Feeling encouraged to actually “steal” one as a special souvenir this year, we were so discouraged by finding a new ashtray in lieu of the one we wanted “non rubare, è l’ultimo” – “don’t steal it, it’s our last”.
To actually buy and browse endless options of colorfully painted plates, cups, tiles, vases and more, we went to the first town of the Amalfi Coast – Vietri Sul Mare, where most of the famous amalfitan ceramics are made.
As mentioned at the beginning, we think it’s smart to stay in the Positano area. Also since you can take day trips to Capri, Ischia, Salerno and Amalfi by Hydrofoil (for more on Capri stay tuned)
Most of this trip we stayed at the wonderful Tritone in Praiano, where 466 steps carved into the cliff face take you down to the pool area and the Sea. Lucky for all, they do have an elevator to take you back up, strike!
Once at the pool area I asked Barto to help me blow-up our floating flamingo, (who I secretly stuck into my suitcase before departure) but he just chuckled at me. Luckily the super attentive bagninos offered their help with their pump. Soon later me and the flamingo were ready to float and chill around the world.
●Boat Rental: Positano Boats 089 87 45 43
●Grand Hotel Tritone: – Praiano 089 87 43 33
●Belmond Hotel Caruso: Ravello 089 85 88 01
●Da Adolfo: Positano 089 87 50 22
●Ippocampo Trattoria: Conca dei Marini 089 85 11 53
●Ristorante Da Zaccaria: Amalfi 089 87 18 07
●Antichi Sapori D’Amalfi: Amalfi 089 87 23 03
●Ceramiche Bisogno: Vietri Sul Mare 089 76 17 85