Famous across the globe for the beauty of its landscape, the picturesque village of Sant’Agata sui due golfi enjoys a breathtaking view over the Galli island and the two gulfs which separate Positano from Sorrento. Located in the heart of this old village, there’s a luxury hotel called Relais Don Alfonso 1890 which is a true corner of paradise; with its 8 suites beautifully decorated (the colour palette ranging from pink and yellow to white and orange) and elegantly furnished with antiques underpinning the aristocratic origin of the palace in which the hotel is set, the Relais Don Alfonso has plenty to offer; from the restaurant –best known for its Mediterranean cuisine and the huge picture windows that allow the tables to be bathed in warm southern light- to the Poet’s house, a lodge named after poet Salvatore Di Giacomo who used to spend his long summer holidays there, enjoying, like a true poet, the delights of the surrounding gardens.
Summer in Italy, at least the vacation part, is drawing to a close meaning we’ll see our Italian celebrities and VIPs come back to their home cities for work. Call it the financial crisis or a rediscovery of the beauty of Italy’s seaside destinations, but many of the stars of Italian fashion, entertainment and even overseas visitors chose to holiday on home shores this year.
After a spot of summer holidaying in Italy at the Aeolian Islands at their Stromboli villa, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of Dolce&Gabbana fame will be back to their fashion duties. The beautiful islands were also the scene of a holiday for Italy’s president, Giorgio Napolitano, who was visiting relatives. Less of a luxury holiday than the fashion duo, Napolitano arrived on a ferry with his wife and they spent their time in a more simple style.
The popular spot was also the chosen destination of actress Sharon Stone who arrived on her luxury yacht, while other international stars chose Positano, along Italy’s Amalfi Coast as their preferred holiday spot. That includes Tina Turner, who seems to have a soft spot for the area, having holidayed there last year, too, and Naomi Campbell who arrived on the yacht of millionaire boyfriend Vladislav Dorinin.
Not that we’re jealous or anything, but isn’t it time everyone went back to work…? Meanwhile, if you can’t get to these places, they’re great spots for a mid-season holiday as well, or to enjoy some milder winter weather, so don’t hesitate to check out Italy’s islands in the off-season, too.
Franco Zeffirelli’s villa in Positano has just been turned into a luxury hotel. Nestled on the cliffs, the villa was sold in 2007. Apparently the Italian director decided to sell the place because he was too busy making movies or directing plays and consequently the villa was left empty for most part of year. The only drawback - if you are planning to stay at this new hotel (where one can easily bump into Liza Minelli or Elton John ) is that the price is a bit on the steep side - a night there will set you back 1,100 euros per night!
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There are rumours that Naomi Campbell will soon marry multimillionaire Vladislav Dorinin at the Royal Palace of Caserta. Nowadays rumours flash around the world in a sec, but more often than not they seem to have not a grain of truth in them, so the only thing we know for sure is that the former model will soon arrive in Italy on the yacht Lady in Blue and then go on a cruise through the Mediterranean stopping off at Capri, Amalfi and Positano.
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The beauty of Positano has cast its spell on Fiona Swarovsky; the famous heiress fell in love with this beautiful town on the Amalfi coast years ago, so now whenever she can she spends a few days of rest in the area with her friends, devoting herself to luxury shopping and the contemplation of the breathtaking beauty of the landscape!
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Noami Campbell has been spotted on Vladislav Dorinin’s luxury yacht Nero anchored off the coast of Positano. The former top model is enjoying a romantic cruise through the islands off the coast of Naples; and she’s not the only one, in fact many celebrities have been spotted in the area over the last few weeks, from millionaire Bill Gates to prince Albert of Monaco.
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The Galleria Palatino on Coronari street in Rome is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the paintings which painter Gianna Paola Cuneo has created between 1948 and 1950; a series of paintings depicting the stunning landscapes of Positano and the Amalfi coast. Gianna Paola Cuneo who made a name for herself in Chicago with a series of rather austere paintings, changed her style and attitude to art only when she returned to Italy and fell in love with the lovely town of Positano and the enchanting Amalfi coast. The exhibition will be on view until December 10th.
Summer is ebbing away, but such international celebrities as American singer Tina Turner and English actor Pierce Brosnan are still enjoying their summer holidays in the south of Italy; Ms Turner’s luxury yacht has been spotted off the coast of Positano, Amalfi and the island of Capri, while the British actor with his wife has been seen dining at Donna Rossa in Montepertuso. Nowadays stars flock to Italian resorts like bees to a honey pot!
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This is a must read for anyone wanting to avoid the traffic along the Amalfi Coast, while still travelling to Positano. Touring the Amalfi Coast is now much easier with the Metrò Del Mare, whose services have been developed further recently. The network now covers the entire Naples Gulf and that of Salerno, taking in the major towns along the way.
From the map above you can see the extensive network with stops including Capri, Sorrento, Positano, Cilento, Salerno and others. Some day and weekend tickets are available, meaning we can all enjoy the Amalfi Coast without sitting in traffic or desperately trying to find a parking space.
Reaching the two port destinations of Mergellina and Beverello from Naples, it’s better to take public transport, given the distance from the station. Molo Manfredi in Salerno, however, is close to the train station and can be reached on foot. See the Amalfi Coast metro site for more details, including timetables.