Wednesday, October 27, 2010

amalfi coast, italy

Here are a few tips if you plan on travelling to Italy's Amalfi coast:

  • Go at the very end or the very beginning of the season.  For the best deals, wait until early October.  The luxury shops in Capri willingly offer up season finale discounts. 
  • Going late in the season means that sun does not stay on the Napoli-side of the island as long as it does on the opposite side.  Make sure to plan accordingly for beach visits, etc.
  • If you want to feel as though you’ve left America, stay in Capri.  Once the ferries full of day-trippers have left, the island feels far more European than the Yankee-infested Amalfi Coast, Ravello in particular.  (I think even the shopkeepers are friendlier after the ferries have shoved off for the night) If you’re staying in Capri, a daytrip to Positano, Amalfi or Ravello would be easy enough to do.  
  • Have some sandals made, but shop around for the best deal. 
  • Order off menu.  Any restaurant worth it’s salt will happily whip up some scampi alla griglia even if it's not listed.  
  • Uno per due.  Split orders!   
  • In Capri have your apertivo in the piazza for the excellent people watching.  
  • Always drink local wine and always finish a meal with Amalfi limoncello.

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