Sunday, October 20, 2013

Amalfi and Ravello: Two beautiful towns on the Amalfi coast || One week in the Amalfi Coast, Italy


I know there's been an avalanche of posts on my recent trip to Italy and when I look back, I can’t believe we saw so much in six days. It’s pretty incredible to say the least. But that was the purpose of our trip. My friend and I knew this was never going to be a trip where we were going to lie on a beach and chil. It was our first visit to this part of Italy and once we had a taste of how beautiful each little town and island was, we had to see as much of it as we could.




And so we did, each day as dramatically different as the next. From the gritty beauty of Naples to idyllic resort of Sorrento, from the pretty-as-a-postcard Positano to stunning blinding beauty of Capri. And after visiting the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum still standing from the ravages of time, we wanted on our last day, to soak up more of impossible beauty of the Amalfi coast, by visiting Amalfi and Ravello.

We took the bus there (the same one that takes you from Sorrento to Positano). At first glance, Amalfi seems like a bigger version of Positano. It has a cheery seafront and a huge stretch of beach, but it's more than just a tourist town. We wandered through the alleyways till we came to Taverno Buon Vicino (formerly known as Maccus), a wine bar and restaurant on Largo Santa Maria Maggiore.


I highly recommend dining there. It was probably best meal of our entire trip. They serve food that’s different from the typical pasta dishes you see at every restaurant, which at this point we were quite sick of. Sitting outside in the courtyard, my dish of ravioli stuffed with squid in a clam sauce tasted as amazing as it looked.



We also stopped at Andre Pansa, a famous patisserie in Amalfi that is right on the main square at Piazza Duomo. It was a lovely place to sit and drink some beautiful teas and stuff ourselves silly with all the different pastries available.



In between all that eating, we took a 20 minute bus ride up the hill to visit Ravello. Ravello is famous village known for its mountain-top villas and gardens and in the summer is host to a number of classical music concerts. We spent our time getting lost in the gardens and taking countless pictures. But that's the thing, you don't really need pictures. Those gorgeous views stay with you, imprinted in your memories, urging you to return...

...Which we certainly will, to visit Paestum and see the oldest preserved Greek temples in the world, to see more villages on the coast like Praiano and perhaps, next time we will spend few days in one place on the beach, just simply soaking up the Amalfi sun.



If you are a planning a trip and have any questions, please feel free to comment below. Here are my previous posts:








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