It took over four hundred steps to reach our new home for two weeks in Positano in the Amalfi Coast, but the view from the terrace was worth every aching muscle. To my right, the dominant mountainous terrain, dotted with pastel houses rising as high as the eye could see, stood proudly overlooking the coastal waters. On some days, the low-lying cloud settled to cover the peaks, giving the impression of a range of freshly erupted volcanoes. Other days, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and nature’s shades of turquoise, emerald, and cobalt shone through to make up a picture that has enticed many an artist to the shores of Amalfi over the years. The destination is made up of several towns, each with their own distinct feel and personality. From our base in Positano, a hire car (if you can afford it, a classic car only adds to the experience!) made it easy to explore every nook and cranny from the lively piazza and peaceful ‘duomo’ of Amalfi town to the stunning villas and gardens of Ravello. The journey became part of the charm as we slowly navigated the winding roads, taking time out to stop along the way as the conquering of each curve rewarded with a view each more beautiful than the one before.
Capri itself is an island of astounding beauty, famed for its charisma and wealthy clientele. Despite being slightly time restricted, lunch followed by a scenic climb to Piazetta, a busy square that entices visitors with its views, and a stroll along the designer boutiques, gave more than a peek into one of the world’s most luxurious destinations.
I had originally wanted to visit this region of Italy for the sophisticated glamour that had drawn the various artists, writers and celebrities over the years. I imagined my days relaxing and being inspired by the food, sights, and shopping, yet ten days spent in what is arguably, one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, left me with a sense that there was still so much to see and do, as well as some delightfully well-shaped calves. In the case of the Amalfi Coast, I shall be breaking my cardinal rule of never visiting the same destination twice.