Amalfi Coast – Carlos Melia

Published Date Author: , June 11th, 2016

Amalfi Coast - Carlos Melia

My day took me from my base at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento, all the way to Ravello and back along the stunning panoramic road of the Amalfi Coast, with stops in Amalfi, Praiano and Positano. From the distance, I was also able to catch a view of Maiori and Minori, and drive by Atrani, which I thought I was very charismatic.

Amalfi Coast - Carlos MeliaDriving along the Amalfi Coast for us was rather easy, since we were there during the off-season, but during Summer time you better be patient. Distances are not to long, I mean from town to town, there is 25 to 30 minutes drive, without traffic.

First stop was Ravello, which is the furthest point I have explored Amalfi Coast. I only did a quick overview, since I would be staying later during the week, for a night at Belmond Hotel Caruso. So I will leave this open to my next upcoming post. But most definetely a MUST visit.

Amalfi Coast - Carlos MeliaLunch at Trattoria pizzeria Cumpa Cosimo was just perfect. Unlike many other dinning experiences I had during my time at the Amalfi Coast, it was very local, rustic, grewat Italian food and and very charismatic owner and Chef Netta Bottone, who tours the tables to ensure her clients are content. Her family has owned this cantina for more than 75 of its 300. Not only I tried her cooking, but also got plenty of love and kisses from her. ADORABLE.

Next stop was Amalfi, a brief walk around, at the foot of Monte Cerreto. The town of Amalfi was the capital of the maritime republic. Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The highlight other than the spectacular panoramic views, which you will find all along the way, is the Amalfi Cathedral di Sant’Andrea.

Next stop, for many, the star of the Amalfi Coast, beautiful – but very crowded and over the top touristy – Positano. I mean, it is GORGEOUS, the views are all you would expect when visitin the Amalfi Coast and more, now it is very hectic and happening.

I came to do a walk around Le Sirenuse Hotel, and I deeply fall in love with the property, the panoramic views and the lovely Michelin starred restaurant La Sponda. I was so pleased, that right away booked my clients there for their upcoming Summer stay in Positano.

Dinner was at this quaint ristorante called KASAI, in Praiano. Again, just what I needed, great local food and great company, along the owner of the restaurant and my new – fabulous and fun friend – Fiona Fava. Lots of loval delights and even more bottles of local white wine. Literally eating and drinking my way across Italy. This was my full day discovering the many charming towns of the Amalfi Coast.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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Amalfi Coast – Carlos Melia – Gaycation Magazine - Gravatar Amalfi Coast - Carlos Melia - Gaycation Magazine said on June 11, 2016, 7:37 am:

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welcome%20in%20Ravello Suita Carrano said on June 12, 2016, 10:31 am:

Hello Carlos, such a great overview of the Amalfi Coast. I live in Ravello and I’ve been one of the first same sex wedding planner for Italy. Great that you met aunty Netta, she is one of the symbol of Ravello and all of us are proud of her. My family owns a Hotel in Ravello since 1880, you will find it on your way to Belmond Hotel Caruso as it’s in the little square with the fountain in the middle, on the unique roas to the hotel. WE also have a restaurant, Bellavista sul Mare, that features one of the best view over the Coast. It will be a pleasure for me if you take the chance to stop and say hello and eventually stop for dinner. Just walk in at the reception and ask the guys to call me 😉
See you soon in Ravello
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Neil Pettifer - Gravatar Neil Pettifer said on June 12, 2016, 1:52 pm:

I first visited Ravello in 1989 and fell in love with it. I have eaten at Cumpa Cosimo many times – Netta’s mixed pasta was always at the top of my list. I now live in Spain and of all the possible coincidences met Gino caruso’s cousin at his eponymous restaurant in San Pedro – always one of my favouites here.

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