Traveling along the Amalfi Coast
by Barbara B
One fun aspect of working in the travel industry is the ability to mix business with pleasure -or visa versa. I was scheduled to make a one week inspection tour of villas along the Amalfi Coast, and as I already had my round trip flights taken care of, I convinced my husband and a few friends to join me in Italy a week or two before my trip was to start – why not! After a wonderful week traveling with our friends through Tuscany and the last 2 days spent in Venice, I said goodbye to my husband and friends and headed for the airport for my flight to Naples. I just love flying out of Venice Airport. Taking the private water taxi from the hotel and heading out into the lagoon is always an experience that thrills me. In about 1-hour I reached the airport and checked in. The flight was about 1 hr and 30 minutes. After collecting my bags I was graciously met by my driver from Alviani Viaggi (our ground transportation company in the South of Italy). All of their cars, vans and buses are Mercedes and I enjoyed a beautiful, scenic and comfortable ride from Naples to Positano
The weather was Amazing! Warm and very windy. After getting settled in my villa I went down to the beach for a late lunch at Chez Black and to check on the ferry to Capri for the next day. Chez Black is one of the best beachfront restaurants in Positano. I had the Linguini with mussels, clams and shrimp, with a lovely bottle of Chianti Classico. It takes about 30 minutes to walk back up the road to the villa. I stopped along the way at a little grocery store and bought some fruit, salami, cheese and bread for dinner. Then it’s 80 steps up a narrow stone path to my villa, Casa Teresa. Thank goodness the rooms all come with a small fridge so you can store some drinks and food. My room also had a cute little terrace where I could enjoy the views.
After an early evening, I awoke fresh and ready for my day on Capri. Teresa’s espresso fueled me up and I was on the beach waiting for the ferry to Capri by 8:30 am. What a day. Crystal blue skies, deep blue sea and plenty of sunshine! For the 31st of October it was an outrageous 76 degrees as we sped across the Bay of Naples to Capri Island. My first appointment was at Villa Piccolo Eremo
which is located just a 10 min walk from the Main Piazetta and just above Marina Piccolo, where the only sandy beach on the island is located (and very tiny!). This villa has THE BEST VIEW on Capri! The real living area is outdoors on the terrace with the pool, the outdoor dining room, outdoor living room and outdoor kitchen!
Just enough time for lunch before my next appointment and I know exactly where to go – Restorante Pizzeria Da Gemma! They have a linguini with Frutti di mare called “As you like it” that is the best I have ever had!
That afternoon I went to see Villa Sereni in Sorrento, a good 30 minutes drive by car and 30 minutes by ferry. However, the ferries have stopped running to the coastal ports as of October, so I arranged for a taxi. This guy was great! I would never have found this villa without him. The location is just outside the city (a residential area), but still close enough to take advantage of the fine restaurants and shopping. The villa sits high up on the coastal hillside and enjoys fabulous sea views out over the Bay of Naples. The estate is quite large with a huge gate at the entrance, then a long driveway to the villa. This villa is VERY ELEGANT. Every room is perfect.
The following day I went to see Villa Torre Di Positano
. The villa is located just to the right of Positano Beach and just to the right of Fornillo Beach. The villa can only be reached by boat or by the walkway across Fornillo Beach. When guest arrive they are met on the beach and transferred along with their luggage to the villa by boat. This transportation can be arranged as often as the clients wish or they can simply walk into town via the walkway. The villa is very old and has quite a history. A good portion of the villa is built into the rock. The views are amazing! There is also a small private beach to the right of the villa which has NO public access.
Villa Amalfitana was my next stop. The villa is located between Amalfi and Positano, just off the main coastal road. There is a staircase nearby (400 steps) that leads down to a really nice beach where Clients can walk up to Amalfi. A good Amalfi beach house!
After the visit to Amalfitana, my local guide Antoinetta took me to lunch at this cute local trattoria in downtown Amalfi. I have never actually been in the town of Amalfi
before. It is very picturesque and there is a great Cathedral in the center that is magnificent! We enjoyed some local pasta for lunch that was very simple yet outrageously good! I wound up my trip on Saturday, by taking the train back to Rome from Naples airport and from there back to the Condotti Hotel
What a treat, traveling along the Amalfi Coast for work!
Interested in more Italian adventures? Travel to the coast of Capri and read about the variety of restaurants offered with a water front view: The Complete Guide to Capri Part I