14th – 18th July 2012 – Amalfi Coast
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its undisputed beauty and the uniqueness of its natural landscape. The Amalfi Coast is one of the playgrounds of Europe’s holiday makers and has a class and charm that you will fall in love with. A 50km stretch of breathtaking coastline, the Amalfi coast encompasses the towns of Positano, Amalfi, Ravello and Salerno.
The hills plunge steeply into the sea, creating charming coves, cliffs, caverns, bays, natural arches and small pebble beaches; natural elements that have created a breathtaking landscape. In fact, this area is known as the land of the Sirens, in Homer’s epic poem “Odysseus”. Houses painted in warm pastel colours, following the natural slope of the foothills, terraces, built with dry stone walls and the bright colours of bougainvillea combine with the scents of lemon groves, vineyards and salt air to create a unique sensory experience.
My favourite spots along the Amalfi include Ravello, with its breathtaking views, its beautiful villas, the cathedral of San Pantaleone and its architectural treasures, which have drawn the rich and famous including Wagner, DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Gore Vidal, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart and John F & Jacqueline Kennedy.
The Isle of Capri is worthy of every epithet with it’s stunning views, charming villages, and superb sights, including the ruins of ancient Roman Villas and the sea caves, most famous being the Blue Grotto.
Nearby are the incredible ruins of Pompeii, the city buried by the 79AD eruption of nearby Mt Vesuvius. Unearthing of the ruins was only started in the mid 18th century, and work is still ongoing, although most of the ancient city has now been uncovered.
On my last trip to the Amalfi Coast, I stayed in a hotel in Sorrento. Sitting up on the rooftop terrace at sunset having a cocktail, I remember finishing off the day with such a sense of peace and relaxation, having truly been charmed by one of the really special places in Italy. The pianist started playing one of my favourites – ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ and that created an absolutely perfect moment. One of those WOW moments that come along only every so often. I knew I was doubly blessed the next day. Having spent the day on the Isle of Capri, we were enjoying an afternoon glass of chilled Vino Bianco in the café atop Anacapri, with a view that seemed to encompass the entire island and Amalfi Coast in the distance, and I had another of those WOW moments. Two in two days. That’s how truly incredible the Amalfi Coast is!
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