The best time to go to the Amalfi Coast is between May and early September. Lots of people ask me about going in Oct or during the winter and it’s important to know that the Amalfi Coast is a seasonal place. In the winter many of the hotels and restaurants close. The weather plays an important factor in your experience here so make sure you go between May and early September.
People ask me where would I go back to. The Amalfi Coast is a place I’d definitely return to. It is a magical place and now I know exactly where the best spots are. Here’s what I’d do and why…
Every day there seems to be a wedding here. Weddings are a huge deal in Italy and everyone, especially in these small towns seems to get involved. So far we’ve had two weddings at the hotel, seen one in Praiano, one in Ravello, one in Capri and saw another bride in walking down the aisle (well, it was a boat dock) in Nerano. It is certainly a celebration and everyone watches and claps to congratulate the couple.
When I travel I like to avoid the tourist traps. I like to meet the locals, get an insider perspective, go to the best local restaurants and feel like I’m getting the real experience. I decided that on this trip I wanted a local guide – that’s when I found Faith.
I’m on a quest to try every lemon dish I find while I’m here. Lemons are everywhere here and I’m always interested to see what lemons can be paired with in dishes. For example, I never thought of doing ravioli with lemon. It turns out it is incredible. Of course, you cannot leave the Costiera without trying limoncello. Delicious! I found out today that the quality of limoncello can vary dramatically.
If anyone was looking for an authentic experience there was no way they’d get it in Sorrento. Most of the restaurants cater for British tourists who have already decided what Italian food is, and perhaps would also like some fries on the side. Oh, the Americans were there too. Princess Cruises had just arrived so there were thousands people following their tour leaders with little signs around the town.
My hotel, the Grand Hotel Tritone is perched high on a cliff between Positano and Praiano. It is one of the best hotels in the La Costiera for the views of the coastline. The one thing you’ll need to get used is going up and down stairs everywhere, ALL THE TIME. It’s a great workout, but unfortunately for me as a sad New Yorker I am so out of shape that after two days, my legs are now hurting like hell. There are several elevators, but being motivated by how great my legs could look if I take the stairs, I opt for them. Wow, and now I can hardly walk.
Here in la Costiera there is a constant stream of these stunning boats going by. I sit in awe and like to imagine where they are going. Perhaps they are on their way over to Capri, up to Portofino or maybe down to the Greek Islands.
95% of US wine production comes from California; Airén is the most widely planted grape in the world. It is only found in Spain and is used for fortifying wine. (Sherry, Marsala & Brandy); Spain has the largest amount of land planted for growing wine; Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world