This past September, Matty took me to the Amalfi Coast to celebrate my 30th birthday. I had taken him to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole / Grand Teton for his 30th, and both trips have become treasured milestones in almost a decade spent growing older together.
We had visited Italy in 2011, but had never been to the coast. To say we loved it would be a major understatement, and I hope to be back sooner than later. This week I am sharing our first stop: Positano!
When: September 2015
Where: Positano, Italy
Stayed: Il San Pietro di Positano
The hotel is carved into the rocks (seriously, there is even a cave elevator), and the facade is dripping in flowers and greenery. The restaurant hangs over the ocean, and the pool has equally brilliant views.
Our room was bright and airy, with Positano to the right, and Praiano to the left. We pinched ourselves at least twice a day.
Il San Pietro is the only property in Positano (that I know of) that has direct access to the ocean, and a beach club of its own. Matty and I are big sun-and-swim people, so that amenity really made the decision for us when we were choosing where to stay. If you are at one of the other beautiful properties in Positano, I have heard great things about both Da Adolfo and Bagni D’Arenzio. No matter which beach you visit, though, be sure to search for sea glass and sea pottery – the best souvenirs!
We loved waking up bright and early each morning, sipping coffee on the balcony, and then heading downstairs for breakfast. Major interior inspiration with the gallery wall of china and the blue patterns throughout.
After breakfast, we would race down to the beach, jump into the water, and sip on melon cocktails. The hotel had stand up paddle boards, and I had brought my own floatie. I recommend bringing the lemon slice if it fits into your suitcase!
Our favorite lunch, which we ate almost every day, was from Carlino and is pictured below. My spirit animal as a dish is also known as mozzarella grilled in lemon leaves, and it was everything delicious and more. I ended up ordering it from a few different places during our trip, but none compared to Carlino’s.
Most afternoons we would wander into town for gelato or a spritz. Or a spiked granita from La Galli Bar! Il San Pietro offers a free shuttle, or you can take a water taxi.
Positano town was posi-tively incredible. We loved wandering the winding streets, and drinking in all of the details.
My other favorite shop was Brunella, where they had the cutest linen clothing.
In the evenings, we would shower and get ready just in time for magic hour. We loved watching the sun set each night before we went out, and the view never got old.
One night, we went up to Montepertuso to dine family style at La Tagliata. It was such a wonderful experience, from the drive up to the limoncello for dessert! When we arrived, the sun was setting, and we were the first people there. Peppe welcomed us with a bottle of red and a bottle of white, and from there, the food and the wine did not stop flowing. Within 15 minutes, the entire place was packed, with live music and all. At one point, Matt found himself with a microphone, crooning “That’s Amore,” and the crowd went wild. Pretty sure it was the highlight of his trip. I would definitely recommend dining in this “hole in the mountain” town, and Il Ritrovo and Donna Rosa are two other great-looking spots.
Our most special meal was at Le Sirenuse, where we celebrated on my actual birthday. We went to the Champagne Bar for oysters and bubbly at sunset, and then we had a decadent dinner at the beautiful La Sponda. It was a perfect date.
Until next time, Positano!
Amalfi and Ravello: here
Capri: coming soon