There are destinations that make you want to return year after year, there are places that make you want to learn to airbrush and open a souvenir stand. Then there are those rare jewels that arouse such desire that you’d cash in what’s left of your 401K and check out for the rest of your life. The Amalfi Coast is such a place. This paradise perched along a rocky peninsula hugged by a narrow, winding roadway and kissed by sapphire and emerald waters will take your breath away, leaving you forever changed.
We were enraptured in the arms of Hotel Palazzo Murat. Then we gave in to the siren’s call and traveled by boat from picture perfect Positano to the Isle of Capri.
We enjoyed the vista from the terrace of the Caesar Augustus atop Anacapri.
Our appetite was satisfied on the return trip in the romantic cove of La Conca del Sogno. The servers enticed us with so many suggestions and I think we ended up with one of everything on the menu. We ate and ate until we were both completely stuffed. I was distracted by a woman at another table in love with the sound of her own voice. She didn’t stop talking to her lunch companions, and anyone within earshot, for the entire meal. She irritated me in three different languages! We were ready to leave, but had forgotten that we’d also ordered fish. When it arrived I didn’t think I could eat another bite. We may have offended the owner, who came by and asked what was wrong with the fish. It was light and tasty. While we finished what we could, we learned the annoying woman was from New York. So, she probably won’t be there if you decide to go.
Back aboard the boat, we relaxed and drank in the beauty of the coastline dotted with charming communities tucked among the terraced gardens.
Every moment in this magical vacation gave us a rush of not only pure pleasure, but also unimaginable gratitude. Neither of us had ever before been treated to such a magnificent experience as we had in Italy. It was truly a privilege. The dining, delirious happiness, and yes, spontaneous dancing are precious memories I am thrilled to be able to share. We could not have chosen a more perfect destination to celebrate our twenty years together.
When in Rome
Nobody’s better at showing you the sights than Barbara, Bolerio and Chris. For the best location location location, take Via Veneto to Hotel Marriott Grand Flora. Food glorious food is served at both Trinita de Monti and Harry’s Bar. Remember to stop and sit a spell while you share a sweet treat at Caffe Greco.
In Fabulous Florence
Nobody knows how to wow like our guide, Sabrina and Sylvia taught us a thing or two at the Apicius Culinary Institute. When you go, you may want to make Residenze Del Moro your home away from home as we did. Visit Peperoncino to have a delicious, hearty, authentic Italian meal in a quiet atmosphere. Treat yourself to the delights of La Loggia. Go for food, stay for the view! There’s more about those marvelous days here Food Glorious Food.
Our guide Alessandro knew the way to heaven’s door was through Chianti where we tasted its glory. You can read about that amazing day here Cennatoio and La Botega.
Pompeii came to life with Carmine as our guide. Franco by land and David by sea, both took exceptional care to make sure we didn’t miss a single sensational sight from the Isle of Capri to the scenic overlook of Ravello, where we had an amazing meal and bought lemoncello. My favorite!
I find it satisfying to give praise, and on this trip the hotels, restaurants and shops, our gracious guides and drivers all deserve high praise for giving us commoners the royal treatment. To experience the art of travel in Italy, we trusted IC Bellagio, and they delivered in a BiG way! Thank you hardly seems enough to express our heartfelt gratitude for the attention to detail and genuine hospitality that was lavished upon us by everyone we encountered in Italy.
MOLTO AMORE is more appropriate.