The Amalfi Coast
looking for some tips + tricks for your next adventure that don't break the bank (or your finally-developed self-care habits)?! i've compiled everything i found during my favorite trips around the globe so you don't have to!
the amalfi coast is a magical place that doesn't feel real until you've left. it's breathtaking contrast between mountains and beach, relaxed but romantic atmosphere, and simple food is exactly what you want in a european retreat. i honestly wish that i could live in those late-summer moments forever--once you get there, you'll never want to leave.
we decided to stay in positano, the most picturesque of the towns along the coast. we were fortunate enough to find an off-the-beaten-path bed and breakfast that was so perfect, i couldn't believe it. three brothers, Giacomo, pasqual and marco, took over their father's farm and turned it into a beautiful spot.
it's called colle dell'ara. if you're looking for a genuine experience away from the hustle and bustle of honeymoon central (without sacrificing beauty and amazing, local food) this is it. it is a bus ride / walk away from the center of town, but not too difficult to find.
positano, where we stayed, is easy enough to get to from naples. there are a few different ways to go about it: rent a car, hire a driver, or take a ferry to capri (and then to positano). we decided to stay in capri for one night, and then make our way to positano--it was perfect.
where do i begin--the food in italy (overall) but especially the amalfi coast is too good to be true. our favorite food places also overlapped with our favorite things to do (go figure), so here we go:
- Da ferdinando: oh. my. gosh. this tiny beach club is on a secret beach--a 10 minute walk from the central beach in positano, but it's the most tranquil, mediterranean vibe ever. there are 3 - 4 beach clubs on this side - go for ferdinandos. they've been around for decades, and have italian beach food down pat. order their caprese salad every day.
- la tagliata: this mountain-side restaurant has views to die for...and amazing food. it's a family-style restaurant that keeps the wine flowing, and the plates are large (but delicious). be sure to take some home for lunch the next day.
- anywhere: grab an aperol spritz (or your version of an aperitivo) anywhere in the main town--they all have beautiful views to soak in the sunset. don't forget to close your meals with a shot of limoncello - it helps with digestion!
what more is there to do than eat, sleep and relax by the beach? besides those things, here are a few of my favorites:
- rent a small boat for a few hours off the coast of positano (possibly my favorite activity EVEr)
- take an evening trip to amalfi and stroll the town
- take a day (or overnight) trip to capri! to die for - that will have its own section!
- hike the path of the gods
- take a foraging / cooking class