Every traveller has a different idea of La Dolce Vita. Luckily for you, it can be found along the chic and snazzy Amalfi coastline. Last summer for 10 of the most amazing days of my life, I woke up on a private yacht that gently bobbed off-shore some of the most stunning and popular bays in the Mediterranean. I overdosed on the sweet life on some of the dreamiest coastlines that Europe offers.
On my last excursion here just two years ago, I explored this region by land; only venturing out to sea for a couple hours to discover a few interesting points along the coastline. This time, the tables were turned. I relied on the ocean winds and waves to move me along this spectacular slice of Mediterranean paradise. During the day, I visited areas inaccessible by land, and at night I anchored in the well-known bays of Ischia, Positano, Amalfi and Capri. My daily jaunts inland allowed me to fully experience the very best of this area by land and sea, in a way only a few travellers do.
I fell in love with Capri over 13 years ago and since then it really doesn’t matter how many times I return; if I am in Capri there is no place I would rather be. This iconic Italian island remains a status of glamour and stylish living. Spending a day in Capri entails sauntering along the fashionable streets draped by hanging bougainvillaea, dipping into a chic cafe or restaurant, then breathing in the marvellous view from one of the island’s beautiful panoramic gardens. Whether you are in Capri for an hour or a week every second here is unforgettable.
It is never easy to leave Capri behind, but if your next stop happens to be Amalfi and Ravello the sting of good bye is lessened.
Although Amalfi is one of the most charming and beautiful coastal towns in Italy, the enchanting hilltop village of Ravello will steal your heart at first sight. It is my favourite place to be in the world-yes, the world. It’s one of those places where getting lost is the best thing that could happen to you. As you wander through the open air Roman terraces with their commanding views of the lush hillside and the coast below, expect to also stumble into ancient stone pathways that lead to the most romantic vibrant gardens. Artisan shops lure you in with their craftsmanship and intricate designs. Everything about Ravello is magical and I am certain Ravello would make it to the top of your best places to visit as well.
After over a week of exploring the coast of mainland Italy, allow your compass pointed to another island retreat. Ischia, one of Travel + Leisure’s top islands of 2016, is just across the Gulf of Naples, and despite its laid-back, fishing village disposition, you’ll find that it has everything travellers could ask for in an island getaway.” So what do you do when you visit Ischia?
The answer is nothing really, just relax and unwind in true island style.
Ischia keeps it simple but amazing, with geothermal beaches, baths, great restaurants and a fairytale castle perched on a rocky islet dating back to 474 B.C.–Castello Aragonese. It is a must visit when you are on Ischia as it dominates the islands skyline and its fortified walls encapsulate the island’s history.
The view from the castle terrace overlooks the peninsula, the harbour of Ischia all the way to the horizon. Ischia is colourful, sunny, and fun, but then again this aptly describes every Italian island I have visited, be it Ischia, Procida, Sardina, or Capri. Many visitors come to these islands in search of, “La Dolce Vita” and that is just what you will find.
Luckily for you, now that you know just where to look…get packing.
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