Amalfi Coast Series: OG Amalfi

Amalfi

Ah Amalfi!  How we’ve finally reached the legendary town where the coast that surrounds it even borrows your name.  What beauty!  What excitement!  What extraordinary!

Amalfi begins even before you reach it.  Its “historicalness” can be felt when going along the roads from Positano all the way to Amalfi… the roads get super narrow, windy, and difficult, suggesting that Amalfi wasn’t a town to be traveled by cars to begin with.

When you arrive to Amalfi, you aren’t really overwhelmed by its beauty.  It’s something that gradually enchants you, and you slowly begin to realise what a marvel it is to be standing here.

From your arrival, the light calm colors of the houses already provide a calming, pleasant sort of mood.  The smell of salt from the sea and the sun overlooking the coast makes you feel as if you’re one with nature.

As you venture deeper into Amalfi, you discover a town, sort of old, but in a way that makes it more appealing due to its historical significance, as if you know it’s been here for a long time and that you’re sort of living how the Italians did centuries ago.

As if it’s saying, “Finally, you’ve reached Amalfi.  Benvenuto.”

 

Restaurants and Food

bar Pasticceria Amalfi

We passed by this place as a) we wanted to get coffee, b) we were hungry and c) we saw these wonderful pastries and desserts!

bar Pasticceria Amalfi

bar Pasticceria Amalfi

bar Pasticceria Amalfi

bar Pasticceria AmalfiCannoli

 

Trattoria Dei Cartari (TripAdvisor)

One cannoli isn’t going to be enough, and that’s why we discovered trattoria at the end of the “touristy” road and found this place.  Oh there were so many flies there.  But for some reason the flies weren’t attracted to us nor the pizza ^__^

Trattoria Dei Cartari

Trattoria Dei Cartari

Trattoria Dei Cartari

 

Some gelato place in Amalfi

AmalfiMint chocolate and Chocolate ice cream (yeah i Love chocolate!!)

 

Ristorante La Caravella (website)

Finally, we could try out a one star Michelin restaurant!  I’ve always thought that Michelin stars in Europe are rewarded more… “professionally” and “with expectations” as compared to U.S. and Asia.  We chose this place as it was closer to the bus station (you know how we can’t miss buses or we have to wait 2 hours right!?) and it looked more traditional.

They had two menus.  One, if I remember correctly, is their classic main tasting menu, with a lot of emphasis on fish and lemon.  We had a lot of that already, so we went for their seasonal menu, a 7 course menu trying products of the season around Amalfi Coast.  You can find their menu here.

Ristorante La Caravella

Ristorante La Caravella

Ristorante La Caravella

Ristorante La Caravella

Ristorante La Caravella

Ristorante La Caravella

Ristorante La CaravellaHors d’Oeuvre

Ristorante La CaravellaSushi style fish of the day served with wheat biscuits from Agerola with olives, cherry tomatoes and olive oil emulsion

Ristorante La CaravellaCroquettes of stuffed anchovies with smoked mozzarella-cheese from Agerola served on broccoli and anchovies sauce from Cetara

Ristorante La CaravellaScialatielli local pasta with red pumpkin, broccoli with raw tuna-fish

Ristorante La CaravellaThe blacks… home made cuttle fish ink pasta stuffed with ricotta-cheese and lobster served with light tomato squid and fried bread

Ristorante La CaravellaWhite fish gratin stewed with Greco di Tufo wine with fennel julienne, sun dried tomatoes and fresh mint

Ristorante La CaravellaLemon sorbet by the spoon

Ristorante La Caravellabufalo and lemon sauce of Amalfi

Ristorante La CaravellaWish I could tell you what this was

La CaravellaFinire!

 

Photos

Much of Amalfi was just roaming around the streets, so here were the photos I took:

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AmalfiModel version of Amalfi?

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AmalfiWanna try one of these?  I would! <3

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AmalfiLemons aren’t just in Sorrento, but everywhere in the AMALFI Coast

AmalfiThere was a red light in the middle of a hectic busy street… easy to miss for sure

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AmalfiCathedral of Saint Andrew the Apostle

AmalfiThe road to get to Amalfi

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AmalfiRelaxxxx

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AmalfiWatching the sunset

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AmalfiClear water

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AmalfiWe’re watching the old man fish

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AmalfiThe fisherman’s success

AmalfiWhy you looking at me… son!

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Amalfi Map

 

Itinerary:

  • Amalfi Cathedral
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Grotta dello Smeraldo (Cave)
  • Visit Salerno town
  • Valle delle Ferriere
  • Museum of Paper
  • Cloister of Paradise

 

I think half a day here in Amalfi is more than enough to enjoy the views.  After reading about Sorrento, Capri Island, Positano/Praiano, and Amalfi, which of these places is your favourite and why?

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