There’s always one place, most people have always dreamed of visiting. For my husband Eddie, that place is the Amalfi Coast.
His love for all things Italian reached another level when he learned to cook his favourite Italian dishes. The more he cooked different dishes and understood the flavours, the more he fell in love with Italy.
The Amalfi Coast is only one of the many beautiful places in Italy. Ultimately it was our love of beaches, the coastline and seafood that made Amalfi our first Italian destination to visit.
So it was not surprising that he was the first one up on the morning we left for Naples. And coming out at Naples airport, he was jumping out of his skin and couldn’t wait to break out into the Italian phrases that he’d been practising for months.
We based ourselves in the town of Maiori. A small town with the longest stretch of unbroken beach on the Amalfi coastline and although a popular tourist spot since the Romans, it was not nearly as crowded as the more popular towns of Amalfi & Positano.
Our choice of accomodation was the Hotel San Francesco. A modest hotel, our room had a Queen bed, a single bed and a spacious balcony where we often sat to watch the town gradually settle down for the day. The staff at the Hotel San Francesco was very friendly right from the beginning. From the booking process (we booked directly) and through to the daily interactions of our week long stay.
Exploring the Amalfi Coast was like living in a movie for the whole week. Everywhere you look was like a scene from a movie you had seen before. There is romance, charm, history and beauty in it all. And very often all at once!
When I say everywhere, I do mean E V E R Y W H E R E!!! Not just whilst looking at the coastline from the vintage style boat or walking the streets of the picturesque hillside towns. It’s there whilst waiting at the bus stop… or sitting on a bench (usually eating a gelato)… or leaning along a shady wall to take shelter from that warm Mediterranean sun.
And the food!!! Oh my goodness – the food was amazing. Stopping by at the local fruit and vegetable shop before we venture out for the day became almost a daily routine. We would buy fresh fruits to snack on and my daughter was so crazy over the tomatoes that we purchased them everyday and ate them like grapes.
Our breakfasts were at the hotel, lunch was wherever we were for the day and dinners were at one of the nearby establishments in Maiori. None… and I mean NONE of the cafes, restaurants, delicatessen, bakery, pasticceria or anywhere we ate at… disappointed us.
We’ve all seen enough cooking and travel shows to know that quality food & produce is important to Italian culture. But it’s not until you see how long an Italian takes in choosing the perfect peach from the box or the pride and care taken when putting down a plate of caprese salad in front of you, that you truly understand how food has impacted their actions, mannerisms and way of life.
Amalfi coast is a great place to travel with kids. For the food, the history, the scenery and the beauty. But most of all, because family values are still the focus of Italian society, they make the most welcoming and wonderful hosts.