Ciao Amalfi View from Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi


Sometimes I think a partial view can be even more alluring than a total or unobstructed view. It taps into that feeling of excitement that comes from peeking through a keyhole or a garden gate into another world—perhaps forbidden—just beyond.

That’s how I felt recently when I caught this passing glimpse of Amalfi while walking among the beautiful terraces at the Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi. Located high above Amalfi in the former Convento di San Pietro della Canonica, a monastery founded in 1212, this hotel just reopened to the  public in 2009. I’ve been curious to get a look at the restoration and remodeling firsthand, and a few weeks ago that happened. I toured the hotel quickly, and then did the appropriate amount of gawking over the views of Amalfi from the terraced gardens. The whole environment, indoors and out, is decorated in a modern and restrained style very much in keeping with the origins of the building.

And the views? Let’s just say this is only a glimpse of how glorious they are!

Happy Friday!

  • Annika

    oh wow! I LOVE that photo!

    September 24, 2010
  • Laura

    Ciao Annika! You have a great eye, so that means a lot to me. Grazie! 🙂

    September 24, 2010
  • Wanderlust Woman

    Che bellissimo foto.
    How I would love to stay there but at 600-800euro/notte, mamma mia. 🙂

    September 24, 2010
  • Laura

    Grazie, Lisa! It's so expensive there … but it has the views and the beauty to bring it in for sure. Maybe someday we'll make it to the spa! 🙂

    September 24, 2010
  • LindyLouMac

    Oh I would just love to see the refurb, lucky you. Beautiful shot of Amalfi.

    September 24, 2010
  • Laura

    Ciao Linda! It was a real treat. 🙂

    September 24, 2010
  • Erin Sadler

    After taking a cruise through Greece I thought the views in Santorini would be the best of the trip, but the death-defying bus ride down the Amalfi Coast was by far my favorite! I live in Colorado so I’m used to mountain roads, but those cliffside curves were amazing. Too bad my camera ran out of memory. Guess I’ll just have to go back!

    October 8, 2010
    • Ciao Erin! Wow, that’s saying something after some of the mountain roads I’ve been on in Colorado. 🙂 I’m so glad you had a good time on your trip … and you’ll definitely have to come back next time with lots of memory cards! 🙂

      October 10, 2010

    Hi Laura, I lost your e mail addy.I was going to meet you last year,but bought a house in Florida. So I had to cancel my trip to Priano. The houses there ust cost more than I can afford. So I decided on Fla.
    I have airline tickets and house rented in Priano for May 7 thru May 21, 2011. I hope this time we can meet for lunch.
    I will be glad this winter that I will not have to see another Iowa winter..Is your family still up north?
    I read your blog everyday. I plan on taking my friends to the beach by Amalfi when we are there for lunch.Maybe that would be a good place to meet you and let us treat you to lunch..Two of my dearest friends are coming with me. It will be the first time in Italy for both. I know they will love the Amalfi Coast as much as I do.I hope that you still have my e mail mimi052347..Sher

    November 1, 2010

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