The Amalfi Coast | Italy

September 2016:

Overview:

Amalfi has always been considered the old school glamour of Italy and it truly delivered. We hired a Fiat 300 (a new model unfortunately) in Rome and drove to Amalfi which took around 4 hours after stopping off for to check out the view of Pompei. I wish we had put aside time to see Pompei, I’ve heard it’s like stepping back in time.

The Amalfi coast spans from Sorrento down to Salerno, about 60K of windy roads around cliffs and huge traffic jams in peak summer. Always remember, however long you think it’s going to take to get somewhere, double it.

Ravello:

Home to iconic cliffside gardens and summer time festivals. Set high above the coast looking over Amalfi and Atriani.

Stay:

Villa Maria: A romantic and relaxing villa with an air of old school Amalfi luxury. The terrace has an insanely beautiful view from the terrace looking over the vineyards and Amalfi. You can stay here or just visit the restaurant. We found the wifi to be inconsistent in most places we stayed in Italy, but here we could manage to facetime, bonus! Watch out for the city tax,

Do:

Villa Cimbrone: Ravello is known for Villa Cimbrone – A historic building turned hotel. It has stunning gardens it is famous for its scenic belvedere, the Terrazzo dell’lnfinito (the Terrace of Infinity) Arrive an hour before the sunset and this place will exceed your expectations. Entrance is 7 euros.

Ravello Arts Society:  Pre-book tickets to attend the most spectacular musical evenings. Unfortunately, it was fully booked but we listened and tried to overlook by sitting on the wall next to the cathedral, which was still pretty amazing.

Eat:

Mimi Pizzeria: This is THE best pizza I’ve ever had. It opens for dinner at 7 and people line up to get in, us included.

Garden Ravello:  I look my partner here for his birthday around 7pm to watch the sunset, the staff were very accommodating when I asked them to write Happy Birthday on the cake. The food was divine and very reasonably priced for how tasty it was.

 

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