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.
Spring is the best season to rejuvenate your body after a long and tiring winter. The grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento features a state of the art spa ( i.e. Boutique Spa La Serra) offering a wide range of reenergizing treatments including green coffee and lemon essential oils; these natural extracts -very effective for drawing out impurities and purging toxins from the skin- can do wonders for your skin texture; making it soft and smooth like silk. Strategically located, the Vittoria hotel offers guests breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea and a world class service. For more information click here.
If you are planning to visit Sorrento in southern Italy, the following post can help you choose the right hotels.
The first hotel of our list is the 3-star hotel Nido which is located in the hills around the town and from which guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of Mount Vesuvius. For its cleanness and delicious cuisine the place got rave reviews on Tripadvisor; another hotel which offers an excellent service is the 4-star Best Western La Solare. Surrounded by olive groves and beautiful lemon trees, the hotel which is just a stone‘s throw away from the beach is a great favourite with exigent and demanding travellers. With its terraces overlooking the sea, the place is a true corner of paradise.
Last but not least, the Villa Olriana relais famous for its superb menu which includes delicious orange juice made from the oranges the owner grows in his own orchard.
Limoncello is a classic Italian liqueur used for an afterdinner “digestivo” or “amaro” and you can find it just about everywhere. Homemade limoncello is probably totally illegal in the country where I come from, although some Italian migrants still manage. In Italy, there are both commercial and homemade limoncello versions, some of the best of which come from southern Italy, particularly Sorrento and from the north on Lake Garda, the limoncello from the town of Limone.
The classic recipe is basically lemons, pure alcohol and sugar. There is also a cream version which, while still served cold or frozen, is still a lovely creamy after dinner drink. Here, we give you a different version, which is made from vodka and will make it easier if you can’t buy pure drinking alcohol without getting yourself arrested.
Ingredients: ten lemons, one litre of vodka and 350 grams of sugar. All you have to do is grate the lemon rind and place it in a jar or caraffe large enough to contain the vodka as well. Pour in the vodka and wait!
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.
On watching this video I was ready to rush off to the “Photo” restaurant in Sorrento for lunch. In this video chef Simone Ammendola shows how to make the Torretta di Paccheri, or Paccheri Tower. This is an aubergine and ricotta pasta dish that involves baking the pasta (a kind of large maccheroni) at the end of the cooking process.
Ingredients required: 50 grams of provola cheese, 200 grams of ricotta, 80 grams of vine ripe tomatoes, 160 grams of eggplant, 200 grams of paccheri or maccheroni pasta, 50 grams of grated parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil, one garlic clove, salt and pepper.
Method: Boil the pasta in boiling salted water. Wash and peel the aubergine, keeping the peel aside. Cut into cubes, flour and then fry in olive oil. Drain and place on a paper towell to absorb the oil. When half cooked, drain the pasta and tip into cold water and ice to arrest the cooking process.