Head Over Heels in Love with the Amalfi Coast

 

 

Recently, I was asked to write a guest post with the theme of “love” over at Andrea Perullo’s wonderful blog My Beautiful Adventures. The first thing that came to mind, of course, was the Amalfi Coast! Head over to Andi’s blog to read my guest post Love: Head Over Heels For the Amalfi Coast.

What do you love most about the Amalfi Coast?

Road Trip: An Afternoon in Nerano

On a beautiful summer day recently, we piled into the car and set off to toward the very tip of the Amalfi Coast. Past Positano the road widens slightly and begins to climb higher and higher. At Sant’ Agata sui due Golfi, where you can see both the Bay of Salerno and the Bay of Naples, we followed the narrow road that winds down through olive grows toward the village of Nerano. Our goal was even more specific, the beachside part of town called Marina del Cantone.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Marina del Cantone

 

Nerano was one of the few villages on the Amalfi Coast that I had only seen before passing by on the ferry to Capri. But it always looked so charming and quiet, and it turned out to be exactly that. Here is the small, colorful harbor of Marina del Cantone in Nerano.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Beach

 

The view the other direction shows the rock formation that is the distinctive marker of Nerano. Just beyond those mountains, it isn’t far at all to Capri.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Harbor

 

The beach was lined with these large terracotta vases full of beautiful red flowers. (Anyone know what kind they are?)

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Beach Flowers

 

We stopped for lunch first at one of the seaside restaurants to try pasta with zucchini, one of the traditional dishes of Nerano. They make it in a slightly different way there, heavier, more Parmigiano cheese and a touch of something extra. It was lovely – a beautiful lunch with a beautiful setting!

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Lunch in Nerano

 

After that it was time for some sun and a quick splash to cool off in the sea. This is the spot we picked out, although there are plenty of options for renting beach chairs and umbrellas.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Free Beach

 

With the beautiful surroundings (& big lunch!), I was more for exploring with my camera than swimming. This shot is truly Nerano to me:

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Flowers

 

Nerano still has the feel of a sleepy fishing village, with some beautiful buildings down by the sea. Here are some shots I took along the waterfront.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Architecture2

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano fishing boats

     

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Architecture

 

As the sun fell behind the mountains and the sky took on a soft pink hue, we packed up our bags and headed back toward the car.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Evening Light 

An afternoon in Nerano wasn’t enough. This was one of the most peaceful spots I’ve experienced on the Amalfi Coast, and I’d go back in a heartbeat. Next time we’ll leave early in the morning and plan an entire day here relaxing on the quiet harbor, watching the small boats come in and out, and trying out another one of the lovely restaurants. If you’re looking for a truly quiet spot on the Amalfi Coast, consider staying at one of the hotels or bed and breakfasts in the area. There’s even a small campground! Although it is possible to reach Nerano by bus, I’d plan on arriving either by car or boat as it’s quite far out of the way. That’s part of what adds to the lure of Nerano – peace and a chance to truly escape from it all on the Amalfi Coast.

Oleander blooms on the Amalfi Coast

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Oleander

I love it when the oleander comes into full bloom on the Amalfi Coast. Many towns have planted oleander (Oleandro in Italian) along the side of the road or around town, and it grows very happily in the Mediterranean sun. I noticed the other day this beautiful oleander just outside the gate where I live. It had just reached its peak, and I knew the pink petals would soon be falling and blowing into our garden creating a carpet of pink. It will be until early summer next year before we get to enjoy this bright burst of pink welcoming us home.

A cat’s life on the Amalfi Coast

Last summer you all met Puffy, my sweet, silly orange cat that loves to come into the house and crash during the hot summer days. As the temps have been climbing, he’s found his new favorite spot sleeping in the window. After a long night doing whatever tomboy cats do, this is how you’ll find him most days:

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Puffy

 

Sometimes he has his mom, Patù, for company. Like mother like son, right?

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Like Mother Like Son

 

Patù is a temperamental cat, but sometimes she likes cuddling with Puffy. Here they are trying to share the same little rug:

  Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Cuddles

 

And here they are just a little while later after a big fight over who got rug rights:

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog After the Fight

 

And one time recently I walked by the cat bed to find Puffy passed out with his little pink tongue sticking out. Hilarious!!

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog KO