THE AMALFI COAST IS MAGICAL – no matter what your budget! PART 2.
When I think of my Mum Maggie travelling to the Amalfi Coast in the gentle winter years of her life, it’s a very different itinerary to my sons’! Here are some lovely easy suggestions I hope she’ll approve of. I’ll let you know when we return next October… Fingers crossed she’ll love it!
My Mum is not a princess by any means and has always embraced simplicity and minimalism, especially if it comes in all white! This is a wee challenge on the Amalfi Coast as there is so much colour…starting with the gelato coloured houses which cascade down the town, but the charm makes up for it. For Maggie I believe travelling has to embrace the functional with the least amount of fuss at the same time. Naturally we’d all love to be helicoptered onto the roof of our hotel in Positano to avoid all the roadside curves, inevitable summer traffic, not stand in cues for the ferry to Capri or Amalfi and certainly not hang around outside the local eateries waiting for a table!
I recommend the following B.A.T. when travelling in summer to ANYWHERE in Europe!
1) BOOK as much as you can before departure. I can help with this, especially if you are obliged to travel during those busier months. Accommodation is paramount and if you want a good choice I suggest doing this at LEAST 6 months prior to departure. 10 months is ideal! Then book all those other fun things you’d like to do! Get those bookings in place, restaurants, boat hire, treks, tours, Pompeii, etc…. you can always alter them once you are there but an initial booking is the best way to go. I give my clients all the necessary phone numbers once bookings are in place so they can alter or cancel bookings if necessary on their arrival. This is also a courtesy to restaurant or venue to make space for other keen travellers.
2) AVOID Peak Season, July and August! It is extremely crowded and often incredibly hot! Two good reasons to stay away… unless you are a BYT! (Beautiful Young Thing) who ADORE these two things about the Amalfi Coast during Peak summer months…..CROWDS!
2) TRANSFERS are essential to book before leaving home. Most importantly taxi/limo pick ups from the airports to your hotel or B & B plus any other necessary internal transfers during your stay whether it be for a day out on a boat heading to a seaside eatery or a taxi to drive you out to the organic Buffalo farm to savour their mouth watering mozzarella, gelato and yogurt via the ceramic village of Vietri for a little shopping.
This is what I might suggest to Maggie for her trip…
For her arrival I would suggest a few nights in Roma to get over the long haul trip from Sydney, staying somewhere central & close to the shops/restaurants area so she has easy access to move around without getting tired but also have her hotel handy so she can slip back for a little nap if she gets tired of walking around. The Gregoriana Hotel is small and quaint and very central in Rome. More up market but in the same vicinity as the famous Ingelterra and Hassler hotel.
if your budget can afford it, then a private limo pick up in Rome to drive you directly to your accommodation in Positano is 450 euro one way & well spent being only 3 1/2 hrs on the autostrada in total comfort. OR if you can swing a direct flight into Naples which is much closer to the Amalfi Coast and I can have a limo pick you up and get you into Positano for just 120euro and apx 1 hr. All my drivers speak excellent English and being natives to this area, are a wealth of information, so ask away! They are full of ‘consigli”! (advise) and also know the best spots to stop for an espresso on the way down to the Amalfi Coast.
After checking into your hotel/villa in Positano, please dont expect a villa for just 2 pers, the smallest villas generally start at 6 pers ( three bedrooms). If you are one or two pers a lovely apt would be perfect, but please also remember in High Season (May to Oct) they are only available for a full week from Sat to Sat, so check your calendars before booking!
If you cannot work the Sat to Sat dates into your travel time, then you are best to opt for any of the following charming hotels or guest houses, and please remember I have many other amazing choices in each category. Here are a few simply examples:
For a quaint 3 star hotel ( which generally have no pool but are very nice enjoying the same views as the 5 stars next door!) I have some delightful Residence or suite apts down near the beach for apx 250 euro a night for a large superior suite or some charming hill top spots for less with breathtaking views. If you’d like a pool then you’ll have to move up to a 4 stars hotel, I have several depending where you’d like to be in the town, up high with an amazing view or down on the beach with easy water access.These are apx 350 – 400 euro. I do however have one fantastic 3 star B & B which has a pool AND a private beach! you really have to get in early for this one! If you’d like something a little more up market then a wonderful 5 star hotel might be your choice. There are several magnificent ones in Positano ranging from 800 euro to 2500 euro a night. A handful are very central then there are a couple just on the outskirts of town which enjoy total peace and tranquility.
I can book any of these hotels or apt/villas, so just give me some dates and a few details about your needs and I will send you a list of choices. PLEASE REMEMBER FOR ALL BOOKINGS, Xmas is never too early to book for the your summer holiday the following May through to Oct! This will give you first choice and help avoid disappointment. Contact me on: my-amalfi-coast.com
My Mum is not a walker or hiker (neither am I) so the Walk of the Gods is a miss for us. However this is a fabulous day out and a 4 hr trek along the top of the mountain range that surrounds Positano, I have done it and no, it is not a tough walk. The views are sensational and my guide Frank is heaps of fun. He will most likely sing you along to the finishing line and has many other fantastic walks to offer from Capri to other parts of the coast. What my Mum however WOULD enjoy would be the lovely mountain top lunch at the end of the walk. So a hop on the local bus or a 10 mins limo drive up the mountain would fix this! This way we can enjoy the same magnificent views and delicious local trattoria food as the hikers!
A lazy boat trip up the coast to Nerano or Recommone for a fabulous seaside meal is something she would love. These lovely easy local boats called ‘Gozzo’ will drift you along the coast with a glass of Prosecco in the shade of your boat’s canopy to the amazing grottos, islands and villages ending up in a quaint seaside eatery. This is a fabulous day out on the Mediterranean.
A drive along the coast to the ceramic town of Vietri sul Mare is a must if you are a fan of these delightful naive ceramics and their wonderful history. All the ceramic houses will ship your goods home so contact me re: which are the best to check out. I can also suggest an amazing seafood lunch in the tiny fishing village of Cetara right next door to Vietri after your ceramic shopping to savour some of the best seafood on the coast.
I am so looking forward to enjoying all this with my Mum this summer when we head over to the Amalfi Coast together!
So anything you’d like booked or organised on the Amalfi Coast, just contact me. From special events, weddings, a romantic getaway, family fun holiday, restaurant or tour bookings, villas, hotel or apts suggestions – We do it all!
BUON VIAGGIO ! and make sure you get a copy of my fabulous travel guide, MY AMALFI COAST before going and BUON APPETITO. – check out my second book, AMALFI COAST RECIPES.