Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sorrento - Positano - Amalfi - Capri

The Amalfi Coast - Costiera Amalfitana - is an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape: Cliffs terraced with scented lemon groves sheer down into sparkling seas; whitewashed villas cling precariously to unforgiving slopes while sea and sky merge in one vast blue horizon.

The only land route to the Amalfi Coast is the 40 kilometres long Strada Statale 163 which runs along the coastline from the town of Vietri sul Mare in the east to Positano in the west. Thirteen municipalities are located on the Amalfi Coast, many of them centered around tourism.

The Amalfi Coast is known for its production of limoncello liqueur as the area is a known cultivator of lemons - known as ”sfusato amalfitano” - which are grown in terraced gardens along the entire coast. In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape.

Moda Positano: The original draped, simple shapes made up in plain linen -- shifts, tops, trousers -- have, over the decades, given way to more elaborate ruffled and embroidered numbers.

 In the 1960's Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote the song "Midnight Rambler" in the cafes of Positano while on vacation.

The Italian Spritz: 3-4 ice cubes, 2 to 3 ounces Prosecco or any sparkling wine, 1 1/2 ounces Aperol, Splash of sparkling water, Orange wedge or slice. Stirred, not shaken.

Il ristorante pizzeria L'Abside ad Amalfi propone i piatti tipici della tradizione italiana. Dove siamo? Piazza dei Dogi, 31.

Amalfi Cathedral is a 9th-century Roman Catholic structure. It is dedicated to the Apostle Saint Andrew. 

Church alert: If you’re hurrying through the Piazzetta of Capri you might just miss the intriguing exterior of the Santo Stefano Church!!

What do you need to make limoncello? 15 lemons, 2 (750 ml) bottles 100-proof vodka, 4 cups granulated sugar, 5 cups water. 

Piazza Tasso, Sorrento.

Ristorante Giardini di Tasso (Via Santa Maria Della Pieta 30, Sorrento) is a bit difficult to find, but, when you do, you will be very satisfied. Tables are scattered under a grove of lemon trees - some are inside the archways of the old city wall. 

The view to Mount Vesuvius from Hotel Eden, Sorrento

THE place to get great homemade mozzarella and buffalo dishes.

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