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The Best View of Ravello … is From Scala!

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A picture perfect view of Ravello from Scala

Of all the towns on the Amalfi Coast, perhaps the one most noted for incredible views is Ravello. Situated on a promontory about 1,200 feet above the sea, there are indeed amazing views in every direction. Yet, one of my little secrets is that the best view of Ravello is from the town of Scala. Located just across a deep valley, Ravello’s sleepy next door neighbor isn’t a spot that many of the day tripping visitors get a chance to experience. It’s peaceful, it’s traditional, it’s charming and it’s got awfully good views, too.

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Looking across the valley to Ravello

Earlier this year, Scala inaugurated one of the town’s newest civic projects – a brand new terrace overlooking Ravello. The new little piazza that has been created is appropriately called Piazza San Lorenzo after the Duomo of San Lorenzo that borders one side of the terrace.

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The Duomo of Scala is right next to the new terrace

A small flight of steps, a great wheelchair ramp and even an elevator lead down to a large terrace that looks across the valley to the center of Ravello. There are benches to stop awhile and enjoy the view – a must! I love strolling by and watching kids kicking around the soccer ball on the new terrace – safe from cars nearby yet still close enough for their parents to keep an eye on them while shopping or running errands in the center of Scala just a few steps away.

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Scala’s new Piazza San Lorenzo

The new terrace opens up a great deal more space for people to hang out, relax, talk and enjoy the view. After all the time that I’ve spent sitting in the main square of Ravello admiring Scala and thinking that I’d like to do the opposite, now there’s finally a great spot to take in how beautiful Ravello is from Scala!

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Sit down and rest awhile …

If you walk all the way to the edge of the terrace and look down the valley, you can catch a glimpse of the very tip top of Atrani below. You can also see the very end of the promontory of Ravello where the Villa Cimbrone is located. It’s all luscious green on the Ravello side to the left and a mountainside of chestnut trees on the Scala side on the right. There’s even one cute little pony that meanders around munching on grass, seemingly oblivious to the incredible view.

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Looking down the valley between Ravello and Scala

So next time you’re in Ravello in search of beautiful views, don’t forget to head over to Scala to discover this beautiful little town and enjoy the views from the new Piazza San Lorenzo!

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Bitten by the Amalfi Coast Bug

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Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.

John Steinbeck wrote those oft-quoted lines after visiting the Amalfi Coast in 1953. While his words have resonated with every traveler smitten by this temptingly beautiful coastline ever since, I am sure he was not the first visitor to fall in love with the Amalfi Coast. Yet Steinbeck captured an intense emotion in his seemingly simple description. There is certainly something tempting about this landscape that is hard to pinpoint – a certain something that captures the imagination and dreams.

Everyone who loves this part of Italy has a different story to tell about how they were bitten by the Amalfi Coast bug. Perhaps it was a romantic honeymoon, tracing family heritage or maybe a dream vacation. So how did I end up here? I’ll share a little bit about what lured me here and what compelled me to stay. I do hope you’ll share your own story about how you fell in love with the Amalfi Coast in the comments below!

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One late February day in 2007, I arrived at the Naples airport – without my luggage and, much more importantly, without my mother. Thanks to a blizzard in the midwest, I had lost both en route to Italy. (Fortunately, both arrived the next day!) My mom had planned a week holiday on the Amalfi Coast after seeing the coastline briefly during a day trip from Naples the year before. It was her dream since she was a young girl growing up on a farm in rural Nebraska to live in Positano. (Yes, loving the Amalfi Coast is in my DNA!) But, as fate would have it, I was to spend my first day on the Amalfi Coast missing my mom. Yet it was also that very same day that I met the man who would become my husband – a very charismatic tour guide from Amalfi. Life is strange, no?

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Not really having any idea what to expect, I stepped down off the bus in Amalfi and looked up the mountainside. That was the exact moment I was bitten by the Amalfi Coast bug. Later that evening back in the hotel I wrote in the handmade paper journal from Amalfi (a gift from my mom from her first visit to Amalfi) that this place was going to be important in my life but I wasn’t sure why. Yes, life is strange.

That incredible holiday on the Amalfi Coast with my mom was nearly 10 years ago now. It has been quite the adventure at times living here, but I’ve never doubted that this is where I’m supposed to be. It’s not just Positano that bites deep, it’s the entire Amalfi Coast.

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There are roads you follow that sometimes lead you to surprising places in your life. And then there are places that stop you in your tracks and make you stay put. That’s what happened to me on the Amalfi Coast. Yes, I’ve definitely been bitten the Amalfi Coast bug … and I hope there’s no cure!

 

Italy Blogging Roundtable

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This blog post is part of a monthly series called The Italy Blogging Roundtable. Every month our group of Italy based writers tackle a new theme, and you can read about this month’s topic – Bugs – at the links below. We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. Please share the stores if you’ve enjoyed them!

Italy ExplainedWhat Bugs You About Italy?

ArtTravBugs That Look Like Jewels at La Specola

BrigolanteOf Flowers and Bees, Butterflies and Dreams: Il Lavandeto di Assisi

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Giveaway to Celebrate the New Ciao Amalfi!

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To celebrate the launch of the new Ciao Amalfi website, I’ve done a little bit of shopping in Amalfi for one lucky winner! I picked out some of my favorite things from Amalfi, including a beach towel embroidered with “Amalfi,” a book with beautiful walks through town, a fun bag with an anchor designed in Amalfi and some handmade paper and colorful bookmark from my favorite paper shop in Amalfi. Since there are Amalfi Coast enthusiasts around the world, I am willing to ship this prize anywhere! To enter, all you have to do is sign up to receive the Ciao Amalfi Newsletter. Sign up by clicking here.*

– GIVEAWAY PRIZE INCLUDES –

  • Cotton beach towel with “Amalfi” embroidered text
  • Lightweight Amalfi bag with anchor design
  • Strolling Through Amalfi book
  • Set of handmade paper from Amalfi
  • Amalfi bookmark

 

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– TERMS & CONDITIONS –

  1. Contest open worldwide.
  2. One entry per person.
  3. To enter sign up to receive the Ciao Amalfi Newsletter by clicking here.
  4. Contest open until July 31, 2016 at midnight (Italy time).
  5. Winner will be randomly selected on August 1, 2016 and contacted via email.
  6. Announcement will be made on Ciao Amalfi social media channels once winner is contacted.

 

 *If you’re already signed up for the Ciao Amalfi Newsletter you are automatically entered to win the giveaway!

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Welcome to the New Ciao Amalfi!

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Welcome to the newly designed Ciao Amalfi website! The new look has been several months in the making, and I hope you will enjoy the new photos, features and design. If you’ve been reading Ciao Amalfi for awhile now, you will notice a big change. But don’t worry … all that you love about Ciao Amalfi is still here! The new design possibilities mean that I can bring you even more from the Amalfi Coast in the future! Stay tuned for tons of useful travel inspiration coming soon on the Amalfi Coast Travel page. Lots of exciting projects in the works! In the meantime, you can keep up with all the latest news here on the Ciao Amalfi Blog or by signing up for my newsletter.

 

– Grazie –

 

The new look here at Ciao Amalfi never could have happened without the creativity and dedicated help of my dear friend Hannah from French Californian and her super kind (and techie!) husband Erik. A huge thank you for all your wonderful help! And tanti grazie to Carla Coulson, who has been a lovely mentor – and always an inspiration!