From Rome, we set off to The Costiera to celebrate my birthday in unforgettable style. No plans in mind. We just wanted to try the irresistible Italian cuisine, taste regional wines, and idle on the water as we sailed to remote harbors.
Driving the SS163 Amalfitana is simply indescribable. An adventure that truly challenges the ability of the most skillful driver. The enchanting road, which winds between emerald mountains, is called the ‘road of 1,000 bends‘ for good reason. We held our breath at every turn but the final award was truly unparalleled.
We discovered inspiring villages and little corners rising and dipping above the shimmering sea which offered the same taste of la dolce vita. Our entire week was paired with the aroma of orange blossoms and jasmine along the 30–mile stretch of Italian coast.
We stayed at Luna Convento, a wonderful hotel precariously perched along a beautiful coast of rugged cliffs and sandy coves. In its time, it has accommodated Hollywood stars including Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart.
Midway between Amalfi and Atrani, Luna Convento became the perfect base to experience the romance and serenity of the Amalfi coast. We settled into a pretty bedroom featuring vaulted ceilings, uniquely made ceramic tiles, and a fabulous vista of sky and azure sea.
After a bountiful breakfast, so amazingly displayed that we though we were on a wedding brunch, we would doze away the morning on a sun-lounger reading a book beside the seawater swimming pool, or gently floating in the blue-green sea.
Lunch is a serious affair at Luna Convento. Offering magnificent panoramic views of the sea, the hotel´s two restaurants offer delicious Italian dishes on the à la carte that we paired with wonderful wines.
Amalfi & Atrani
A morning swim in the clear, calm waters of Atrani beach was also a very tempting option. Then, we would dry off over lunch at Le Arcate, a casual restaurant located right on the edge of the beach.
I can still remember the incredible pizzas and spaghetti dishes we had there! I seriously wish you could taste them through my pictures!
In the evening, we loved sitting on a breezy terrace in Atrani’s minuscule piazzetta for a creamy cappuccino. Sometimes, we headed to Amalfi to mingle with the locals. As you probably know, Spanish people and Italians are very much alike, so we spent such a great time chatting with them.
Leaving this enchanted realm was quite hard, but fortunately for us, we followed Steinbeck’s footsteps and headed to another, equally magical place, just a few miles away: Positano.
Although Le Sirenuse, Ville Treville and Il San Pietro are ultra-glam hotels, we opted for a lesser known gem called Villa Yiara which was similarly wreathed in romance. Click here to read about our stay.