Arriving at Conca Dei Marini on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

After spending several amazing sun-filled days in the Sorrento Area, and after visiting Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii we headed down to the Amalfi Coast and Conca Dei Marini where we booked our hotel. Drive down the coast was as expected. Winding narrow roads with amazing views, about the width of a lane and a half of North American roads, but these roads were not only one lane traffic both ways but also parking spots along the sides. My husband being an amazing driving in any European city really had no problem maneuvering these tight corners. In fact, he enjoyed every moment.

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We arrived at a cliff-side hotel named Hotel Belvedere, where we stayed for the next 4 nights. Situated in the area called Conca Dei Marini, it offers spectacular views as it sits on the outward most cliffs of the coast where you can get unobstructed views of the coast line.

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The hotel was clean and spacious, decorated in a traditional Mediterranean tile colours. It offers an outdoor cliff-side pool where you can sunbathe and relax. Also complete with a snack bar that serves fresh, made to order salads, various Panini, espresso and tea. All this food is no problem to burn off as the pool is a few dozen steps down the cliff which you must take up as well. However, there is a lift for those that prefer not to strain too much.

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And a further down few dozen steps down the cliff was the access to the sea area, where you can jump right in and bath in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The hotel also offered a fine food restaurant, as I would rate it, with a delicious menu that changed every day. Each day the menu offered 4 appetizer choices, 4 entrées and 2 dessert choices that were different at lunch and dinner. We really enjoyed this menu style as it ensured that you’re always getting something fresh and custom catered. The maître d, a very polite and pleasant gentleman knew the menu inside and out, with a memorized description of each course, he made you want to try each and every dish and made your choice very difficult.

amalfi_coast_fragonfruit_photography There was always lots of fresh seafood, but also duck, veal, pasta, risotto accompanied by delicious local wine and a sweet dessert. Those dozens of steps were most welcome after a filling meal.

This was only the beginning of our stay on the Amalfi Coast. Tune in as we travel to the neighbouring towns of Amalfi, Minori, Maiori and Ravello.

PS. Check out this really large key chain that had our room key. Very difficult to lose as it weighed about a pound.

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