Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Ocean Break: Amalfi Coast, Italy

We are spending all November in Italy and after getting our house, Casa Colle, up and running it was time for a short break so we took our little Fiat and headed south. After a beautiful 3 hour drive we arrived at the stunning Amalfi coast.
A road trip is always a good idea!

We love to visit these posh Italian seaside places off-season when tourists are long gone and you have the small towns and beaches all for yourself. The same applies to the French riviera (and indeed the Swedish archipelago): Off-season is the best! Our road trip took us to Praiano, Amalfi (the town), Ravello and Positano, all located along the gorgeous Amalfi coast line. 

First stop was Praiano, a gorgeous little village hanging on the cliffs. Our suite had a beautiful terrace with this view!

As always in Italy the food, wine, people and sunsets are fantastic. We had overall good weather (one grey day with rain, otherwise sunny and 20-22c) and stayed in some charming boutique hotels where our rooms all had terraces with the most spectacular views.
Hotel Margeritha in Praiano.
Sunset on our terrace in Praiano.
We discovered secret caves and enjoyed seafood lunches on the beach.
Could be a pirate's nest, right?

Then we were off to Ravello, a beautiful mountain town - even on a grey and 
rainy day.
Villa Ruffalo in Ravello. Grey skies but still stunning.
And then the sun came out
Villa Ruffalo, Ravello

After enjoying Praiano, Ravello and the scenic roads we arrived in Amalfi, the town that gave name to this entire coast line including several little towns and villages.
Hotel Residence in Amalfi

Amalfi, from our hotel room
Dramatic skies over Amalfi.
Night falls in Amalfi.
Then we were off to explore Positano.
Yet another room with a terrace and stunning views, here we stayed at charming Hotel Villa Gabrisa.
Wild waves

Lunch on the beach.

Ah, Amalfi - you old beauty!

Arrivederci Amalfi, we will soon be back!

Now we are leaving the beautiful Amalfi coast and heading towards some historic sights in Pompeii, but that's another blog post. Stay tuned!