Welcome to the dreamy coastline of the Amalfi. Beautiful sea views dotted with sail boats greet you around every turn of its coastal route, living up to its glamorous past (and present). I spent two sun-kissed weeks here in late July, staying in the quieter hillside town of Praiano. There are a few touristy bits in my highlights, but also a handful of lesser known gems which, for me, made my time on the Amalfi all the more memorable.
1.) Marisa Cuomo winery
The pretty terraced vines of the family-owned Marisa Cuomo vineyard in Furore are all the more impressive when you’re told that all ten hectares are harvested by hand! A tour of the unusual cellars – caves carved straight into the rock – is worth exploring, and can be combined with an afternoons tasting (well, obviously).
This beautiful sunset was captured just before dinner one evening. Perhaps the most famous town along the Amalfi, Positano is lined with little cafes, boutiques and restaurants. You’ll have to wander down into town from the top of the hill if you want to avoid the jams, but pick yourself up a gelato en route and take a leisurely stroll down…
Pop into Casa e Bottega for modern Italian pottery pieces and a healthy / clean eating brunch.
Technically Sorrento is not actually on the Amalfi but is an easy day trip. Like Positano, you can happily spend an afternoon taking in this picturesque town and its charms. This is the place to pick up local lemon products, and also where you’ll catch a boat to the island of Capri. True to its romantic character, you’re likely to spot one or two wedding parties here.
4.) Ristorante La Tonnarella and Hotel Tramonto d’Oro
These two restaurants are worth noting, for different reasons. Tramonto d’Oro in Praiano for the most delicious lobster linguine with a view – we went twice. La Tonnarella for its unusual location – located in a little bay in Conca dei Marini and accessed by boat. Both the food and beach sunset setting are worth booking in advance.
5.) Capri and Anacapri
You’ll feel instantly transported back in time on arrival in Capri’s marina. Stretched open-top taxis await to whisk you up the hill to Capri town, or slightly quieter Anacapri. If its views you’re after, you can get the chairlift from here to Mount Solaro where you’ll find the best spots for photographing Capri’s iconic Faraglioni.
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