Amalfi, a word and place synonymous with lemons, clear waters, pastel villas clinging to cliff and vintage convertibles. The gorgeous (and centrally located) town of Amalfi is all of these things and so much more!
Being less than a 20 minute bus ride away from the romantic Ravello (more on our beautiful day in the hilltop village soon!) and similarly less than a 20 minute ferry trip over to Positano, Amalfi is the perfect base for exploring this region and where we started our journey.
Arriving by boat mid-morning, we wheeled our luggage straight to the main square and took a quick left to find a stairway of citrus heaven right outside the doors of our adorable accommodation, Residenza Luca (which had the most amazing views over the Duomo and Cupola from the breakfast terrace)! We got a quick lunch recommendation and immediately set off on foot in search of our first taste of the Costa d'Amalfi!
It was certainly an adventure through the winding streets to find Pizzeria Donna Stella but let me tell you, it is worth a trek all the way from Australia! But, don't be afraid to ask for directions when travelling the Amalfi coast. Another restaurant owner even insisted on taking us in the right direction after he saw our completely confused faces wondering past a few times (we made sure to visit him for lunch another day).
We finally found a very unassuming entrance off one of the white washed passageways and when we entered we were greeted with the most beautiful sight. The courtyard was completely covered with a canopy of lemons! The sight and smell were intoxicating.
We took a seat under the dappled light and quickly decided to go all in! We ordered the O' Cuopp' e Donna Stella (a mixed plate of aranchini, potato croquette, mini fried pizza and eggplant dumplings) to start and devoured in minutes.
With refreshing lemoncello spritzers in hand, we ordered a Capricciosa and Diavola pizza. BEST PIZZA EVER and we eat a lot of pizza!
We finished our lunch with a firm favourite and typical dessert of the region, ricotta tart and no surprise it was delicious too.
Wandering the streets and alleys back in to town, we decided to visit the Duomo di Amalfi, its intricate facade and cascading stairs inviting us in to discover its beauty.
The cloisters and its central oasis garden were the real highlight for us.
Now, well in to the afternoon, the suns warmth was making us crave the sea.
We took a stroll along the promenade and down the wharf to get a better look at the colourful fishing boats.
The view back at Amalfi and its surrounding hills was enchanting.
Walking back to our B&B through the main square, we couldn't help but stop at Pasticceria Andrea Pansa, the famous cafe that is as elegant and beautiful as its delicious pastries are!
Decadent hot chocolates with lemon cream crostata and a coffee eclair was the perfect way to end a perfect day in Amalfi.
xx The Strawberry Story