Go to http://amalfi.aurora-hotel.it/ have a look at the blogs, you must have the site in English…..and look at these wonderful ceramics, all from the local area around Amalfi…..the hotel has organized a display inside the hotel for the season as well as some events when artists will be invited to show their works and present them to the hotel guests and visitors. Truly wonderful even for a fellow like me with not such a deep knowledge of ceramics, to say the least….
Everyone knows about Amalfi and the amazing Amalfi coast, even those who have never visited have surely read about it and dreamed of visiting. Words come to mind like the Cathedral, the island of Capri, great food and hospitality, limoncello, wonderful wine, olive oil, Ibsen (the Swedish writer) and Wagner, and stunning tiles and porcelain from nearby Vietri.
But Amalfi also brings to mind expensive, very hot, crowded and heavy traffic (all true in June thro’ September, the main tourist season).
Well I have recently discovered a stunning compromise: Amalfi out of season.
I have visited Amalfi perhaps 30 times over the past 2 years, in general for a weekend but also for New Year and Easter and I am getting to know her better and better. She reveals her beauty slowly and gradually but she also suprises you frequently. In the summer the sea and the sun are in charge, out of season when Amalfi has only its 3,000 ish residents it is much easier to explore her as during the season the population grows to more than 60,000 from all over the world.
The food is wonderful and the people very friendly, although the town gets a bit quiet as many businesses close down for some well earned rest and holiday. Many old and traditional businesses still survive in and around the town and many are passed down through the family. For instance you can find wine makers, lemon growers, olive growers and wine makers, bread makers and many many more activities and in general you can visit them easily out of season and even have a guided tour, the pictures below show a local bread “factory” run by a family and the 90 year old Gran is still in charge (not the one pictured here of course)!!.
Last summer with friends, our motor bike tour of Abruzzo took in a town called Pescasseroli, for an overnight stop. We were booked in at the “hotel” but we had been told by other friends that the real experience was the food rather than the room.
And indeed that was the case, and how. The place we found was Ristorante PLISTIA (see http://www.albergoristoranteplistia.it/) and what an experience it turned out to be. We met the owner Ciccito and his lovely wife and we soon discovered that he is the “host” and wine expert and she is the chef. There is no menu as such, as the food they serve is the fresh food that she finds at the market that day, and thus changes with the season
The food was simply amazing and we MUST return, the hospitality too is amazing and even the breakfast was all freshly cooked. Mmmmm. Wonderful.
I love to explore Italy and the bike is a great way to get around. I can supply you with a list of great places which you would not find easily even with Lonely Planet. I can take you and help with the language, or I can supply you with a programmed Tom Tom, as you like. Try me.