6 things not to miss on the Amalfi Coast

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1. A day at La Fontelina Beach Club

A quick ferry from Positano will bring you to the island of Capri. We went just for the day to visit the spot where one of my favorite Slim Aarons photographs was taken, La Fontelina. Being here felt like being in the scene of a movie or the pages of a magazine – tanned couples lay on blue and white striped chairs next to teal water so sparkling clear that you could spot the fuchsia jellyfish lolling meters below the surface.

2. Dinner at Trattoria Da Cumpa Cosimo

In what feels like an actual family home, we had one of the best meals of our trip – authentic Italian home cooking with grandma Netta stopping by each table to check in. Order the seafood pasta and don’t leave without trying the tiramisu.

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3. A private boat from Positano

Renting a boat from the beach in Positano was one of my favorite parts of our trip. We strolled down to the Lucibello stand on the beach and picked out a boat comfortable for four. The company was recommended from friends and in turn I recommend them to everyone. It’s a small beach and big umbrella, you can’t miss it! A guide brought the boat to us, showed us how to “stop, go, faster, slower” then hopped off and said “see you later, maybe.” Talk about laissez-faire. With baguettes and a bottle of wine, we set off along the Amalfi Coast.

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4. Customize a pair of leather sandals

The only shopping I did in Italy was a pair of custom leather sandals in Amalfi. I went to this darling shop where there was an entire wall of styles and colorful leather straps to choose from. The sweetest girl helped me decide then made them right then and there. She fit me for the leather soles, cut the straps, measuring and adjusting at each stage for the perfect fit. The last touch was embossing my initials onto the sole.

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5. Walk from Ravello to Amalfi

It’s about an hour walk from Ravello to Amalfi along a pedestrian pathway that’s thankfully 90% downhill. It runs along narrow cobblestone paths, through lemon tree groves, beside the sea – swoon. We wound up taking closer to two hours with how often we stopped to snap photos.

6. Eat Gelato every chance you get

My diet in Italy consisted entirely of pasta and gelato – coffee in the morning, lemon in the afternoon. It was divine. After walking to Amalfi, get gelato at Pasticceria Savoia and sit on the steps of the Amalfi Cathedral.