Ah, summer, for most it usually means vacations, hot weather, getaways, relaxation and adventure. For us, it typically means a big trip and this year was no different. Setting our sights on Italy (again) feeling the pull or familiarity and the appeal of a yet undiscovered country side, trip planning began few months in advance.
Heading to the Amalfi Coast was an easy choice. Needing some rest and relaxation while enjoying the already familiar coastal towns was a perfect combination for our first stop. Belvedere Hotel, situated on the cliffs of Conca Dei Marini, an easy choice in terms of accommodations for the week, and it didn’t disappoint once again.
This cliff-side hotel has everything you’d ever need. Breathtaking sea views from any room, cliff-side pool with delicious snack bar serving Panini sandwiches, salads, wine and espresso, gourmet restaurant with an extensive menu and daily local specially selected dishes, and a dock to jump into the sea for a crisp, cool-water swim. As returning guests the room selected for us was perfect, with a sizable deck furnished with lounge chairs, a dining table and a love seat, spending long hours sunbathing, reading and enjoying the welcome Prosecco was easy and much needed.
As the sun set and the evening moved in, our hungry bellies motivated our relaxed muscles to venture out on the town of Amalfi for dinner and a strole, a short 10 minute drive from the hotel. Although many restaurants are typically touristy, one can still find some tasty Italian dishes, fresh and simply prepared. Seek out the ‘hole-in-the-wall’ restaurants away from the main streets.
From Amalfi all the interesting towns are easily accessible and great day trips can be planned to Ravello, Positano, Minori, Maiori, Sorrento and even a short boat ride to Capri which we’ve explored on our previous trip. Click on the links to discover the towns for yourself, and browse through the gallery below, or check out some fun videos from Italy on my Instagram feed. Stay tuned for scenes from Chianti and a decades old Villa La Palagina. Enjoy.
Categories: Treks & Trips