TRAVEL INSPIRATION: THE AMALFI COAST
Europe is full of hidden gems. Okay, so maybe the Amalfi Coast isn’t exactly what you’d call hidden, but it’s still one of those places that creeps up on you and surprises you with its beauty.
And if you like your holidays to consist of a bit of everything – from lazing by the pool and taking in the scenery to exploring the streets of quaint local towns – then this is definitely somewhere to consider. The super talented Claire Graham takes us on this week’s travel inspiration tour, painting the perfect picture of one of Italy’s most romantic destinations.
Where you live: London
Destination: Amalfi Coast, Italy
How long does it take to get there? Approx. 2hr 30 mins flight
What made you pick the destination? I have always wanted to go to the Amalfi Coast, I had heard it was absolutely breathtaking, with the colours and the views. So when I saw an opportunity to attended a film fine art workshop, called Moda e Arte, I snapped it up!
Where did you stay? Hotel Caruso, Ravello. Ravello is a gorgeous and peaceful village with so many beautiful sights. Situation high in the mountains it really does offer tranquillity and relaxation.
What is there to do? Ravello has two famous gardens, Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. They both have amazing panoramic gardens with vertigo-inducing glimpses of the Mediterranean for miles below. Also the spectacular Duomo, the cathedral of Ravello, which is located in Vescovado Square. The square is a wonderful place to relax and have a cappuccino or glass of wine, whilst people watching or just looking at the beautiful hills opposite.
Tell us about the culture & food. What can I say about Italian food…..Amare! I absolutely adore Italian food. One thing you will notice when in the Amalfi Coast is a type of lemon that only grows there and boasts a size and flavour that is unrivalled the world over! The lemons are called Limone Sfusao and I would recommend trying a sweet liqueur called Limoncello, which is made from lemons.
How easy is it to get around? Do you need a car? You certainly need a car or some form of transport to transfer you from the airport. The 3 miles of winding roads climbing up the mountain to Ravello are not for the faint hearted!
Would you visit again? Yes, I would really love to go again with my husband.
- Photographer: Claire Graham Photography