This year I really wanted to have a holiday within the holiday. My husband and I feel blessed when we can go and visit our families in our home Country so every time we go we end up strolling around our home towns. This time I decided to change the gear and take our families for two short holidays in different regions, places we’ve never been before that I was craving to see.
On the 23rd of August we pack our bags and take my mum and sister for a 4 days adventure on the Amalfi coast! We leave in the morning and after a few stops along the way we arrive in the picturesque Vietri sul Mare, our first unmissable stop. Vietri is renowned for the production of ceramics and the tradition behind it. The streets of this fishermen village buzz of workshops showcasing millions of colorful masterpieces. As you walk in the small historic centre you cannot help but being captured by these almost alive creatures: tiles, plates, holders, ashtrays, amphorae and ornaments of all kinds, vases, figurines, tea and coffee services, sacred objects and the famous donkeys.
The pottery designs run the gamut from confusingly modern to simplistically traditional. Lemons, sunflowers, fish, grapes, and sun and moon are the most popular themes found on the plates, pitchers, mugs, serving platters, vases, lamps and just about every other household item on display. They are so vibrant and charming it almost feels like they speak to you. I am completely immersed in this experience and I do want buy entire shops! The ceramic shops of Vietri are a show within the show!
The art of making ceramic objects and furnishings in Vietri has ancient origins. Today, ceramics are the symbol of the city, both big and small works of art appreciated throughout the world. Already in the 1600s, ceramic shops of Vietri sul Mare were much appreciated for the production of floorings, but it is between the XIX and XX century that the process becomes almost industrial, for the volumes of objects produced and marketed.
Every tale has an end, we need to get going to follow our schedule and get the most out of the day. Following the coastal road (a real adrenaline experience) we find ourselves in Maiori and we stop for some pics and to feel the sand which is black (as in any other place on the coast) due to its volcanic origins. Next stop is Minori where we carefully pick the world-famous patisserie “Sal de Riso” to try some specialties of the area: sfogliatella (Crunchy pastry filled with ricotta cheese, vanilla, cinnamon candied oranges), babà al limoncello (babà sopping with limoncello and filled with lemon cream), delizia al limone (Pan di Spagna with custard and lemon juice topped by a sauce flavoured with lemon peel), bacio al limone (butter cake with candied fruit). Well, let’s say it ends up being a dinner rather than an afternoon break! Gosh it is good…it’s heavenly!
We then get back on track and shortly arrive to our destination: Amalfi. We check into the Floridiana hotel, a marvelous hidden jewel to be found in the secret lane right in the heart of the historic town. The ceiling of the breakfast room is breathtaking as the Jacuzzi with view on the roof! My mum and sister cannot restrain themselves from trying it straight away. We then go for a walk on a beautiful night under the starry sky of Amalfi to smell, live and touch the narrow streets, the colors, the buzz, the noise, the yellow lemons and the myriad of corners all around you. What a day! And what a start of this adventure!
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