Back when Thom and I were deciding where to go on our European Adventure I knew it was time to visit the east coast of Southern Italy. Like most people, I have seen photos of the Amalfi Coast for as far back as I can remember. What I had never really thought or read about was the coast below the Amalfi Peninsula. Plus when I heard that many Italians choose that area of their country to vacation to (and avoid the crowds of Amalfi) I figured it would be somewhere to explore. Plus, because the Amalfi Coast is so popular, it is less expensive to both stay and eat in locations further south. I found a vacation home that looked great and off we went through mountains and tiny Italian villages to the little town of Maratea.
Our stay there was in a family owned Italian “villa” that had four bedrooms and one bath and occupied the second floor of the home. While the house was “dated” with antique furniture in various condition, the bathroom came out of the 70’s with chocolate brown fixtures and worked about as well as you imagine such out-dated fixtures would work. BUT…the deck out front overlooking the garden, the hillside and down over the sea was magnificent. Nearly every place I rent contains a patio and this was/is the best we’ve had so far. We spent most of our time there and loved every minute.
We stayed in Maratea for five nights and enjoyed the (mostly) cool air and the sea breezes. We did drive up the coast a bit to a nearby seaside town and inland to a large monastery but mostly stayed nearby and enjoyed the little town and some downtime. If you are following us on FB it might appear that we are constantly on the move but staying in one place for five nights/six days is hardly rushing things. After our time there we were ready to move to our next vacation rental on the northern side of the Amalfi Peninsula. I had picked that location for a couple of reasons but it came with a couple of problems that were unforeseen.
The rental itself was spacious, had a wonderful view, a great kitchen and the bathroom was very up-to-date. But it sat on the side of a hill/mountain and the road was extremely narrow and nearly impossible to drive. We worked it out with our very gracious landlord/host and still had a good time, but it was not a place I could ever recommend.
What I could recommend was the all-day Amalfi Coast tour we took with Gianluca, a local guide, Like I mentioned before, one of my strongest intentions for visiting the south of Italy was to see this particular coast and Gianluca gave it to me. We spent the day visiting Positano, Amalfi and Ravello as well as having a wonderful lunch just south of Maiori. A day to remember forever.
And while our lunch at the old Norman Watchtower was spectacular, we also had a lemon sorbet in Positano that was very memorable. The day was warm and it was exactly what we needed to cool down and enjoy. And yes, we split it!
So while I can’t recommend our vacation rental for the Amalfi area, I can recommend a great tour guide and a gorgeous place for lunch. And in case I haven’t said it before, we are eating VERY well during our travels. Onward!