Amalfi is the main town of the Amalfi Coast and offers beautiful views in all directions. Opposite Saint Andrew Cathedral you can see a series of white houses clinging to the rocks. The town is made up of alleys and steps, 57 steps carry you the the Cathedral overlooking the town center. Everywhere you turn there is a shop or cafe specializing in the famously sweet and tart, Amalfi lemons. We were there on a day of celebration and enjoyed a fantastic band playing through the town square. (See Video Below)
We stopped at a beautiful little shop in Ravello, “Profumi della Costiera” to taste some Limoncello. The company produces right on the premises and makes some of the best limoncello we’ve ever had. It is made with lemons from Amalfi known as ”Sfusato Amalfitano” due to their tapered shape, giving them an intense perfume and a bright yellow, thick pourous peel; with no added color or preservatives. Enjoy our Limoncello recipe from Amalfi.
We also tasted and purchased liquore al finocchietto (fennel), liquore alle fragole (strawberries) and crema di melone (melon), all absolutely delicious…We are looking forward to all of the recipes we can create with these!
After lunch at Villa Maria we made our way to the Villa Rufolo, whose ancient function was that of watch-tower. It sits on the piazza del Vescovado and contains a beautiful garden and view of the coast.
The Villa’s original construction dates from 1200AD. The most spectacular aspect is the overhanging garden terrace, that appears to float over the sea and is also where every year the Ravello Festival is celebrated. You can see the stage construction in our pictures.
Ravello is a spectacular, picturesque town in the hills just past the town of Amalfi. A must see in Ravello, offering the best views in all of the coast is Villa Cimbrone a historic building, dating back from at least the 11th century AD, although little of the original structure is now visible. The building was altered and extended, using a collection of salvaged architectural elements from other parts of Italy and elsewhere, by Ernest William Beckett (later Lord Grimthorpe), an English politician, in the early twentieth century.
The English inspired gardens in the villa are incredible and the views are so beautiful they seem unreal.
We spent a glorious day in Positano, a village and comune on the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), in Campania, Italy. The main part of the city sits in an enclave in the hills leading down to the coast.
The street, full of shops offering art, hippie chic beachwear, custom handmade sandals and lemon everything spiral down to the Mediterranean. We enjoyed the freshest seafood for lunch by the water…and yes speedos are still all the rage for men…and why not.
Lemons are the size of grapefruits and are often eaten sliced with a sprinkle of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. The afternoon led us to the Le Sirenuse hotel for a cocktail by the pool overlooking the coast and a visit to the oyster bar.
The moon illuminating the sea after a fabulous dinner at Max was the most spectacular we’ve ever seen and sadly could not be captured on film. Stay tuned…tomorrow we’ve rented a boat to take us to Capri.