Italy, summer days on the Amalfi Coast

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

The Amalfi coast in Italy needs no introduction from me, suffice to say that it is one of the world's most popular and beautiful tourist destinations.  The coastline is dramatic and mediterranean gorgeous, beauty is everywhere you look and it is to be found both on and off the beaten path, on land and on water.

If however you are like me and don't like crowds then my advice would be to absolutely avoid the months of July and August. If you can't avoid them as we couldn't, then perhaps think about basing yourselves in one of the smaller and lesser known (but equally as stunning) towns or villages on the coast, or set back in the hinterland overlooking the coastline (see Solaria below for a tranquil beautiful get away from it all B & B), which leads me to a word of thanks to Emilio and his wife Angela.

One day when I felt an itch to explore the area further I ran into the Positano tourist office asking if anyone could help me locate a lemon grower, a cheese maker or any other farmer in the area.  As fate would have it on that particular day I was led to Emilio Lucibello.

Emilio generously suggested I meet him up in a tiny hamlet called Tovere (only 7 kms from Amalfi) set back from the busy coast in a hinterland of green terraced gardens, lemon groves and small parcels of farm land overlooking the sea, and where his neighbours just happen to make some of the best cheese on the coast, supplying many of the restaurants in the area.

On our arrival a few days later we were warmly greeting by Emilio, Angela and their son Domenico whose kind hospitality included some of Angelia's delicious homemade cake and sweet Italian coffee.

It is in this tiny hamlet surrounded by the scent of lemon trees and overlooking the mediterranean that they have restored an old farmhouse into a modern functioning and tranquil B&B, Solaria, only minutes from the coast but a world away from the crowds.

Thank you Emiio and Angela for your warm hospitality, and for your introduction to Gregorio, Carmela and Luigi who so kindly let us into their world of cheese making and allowed me to photograph them at work. I hope to see you all again one day soon.

More Amalfi coast images can be seen in my portfolio

Recommended Hotels, Pensione and B & B's

La Sirenuse | Positano

Solaria | Tovere

Pensione Maria Luisa | Positano

Casa Angelina Lifestyle | Praiano

Monastero Santa Rosa | Conca dei Marini

 

Recommended Reading

My Amalfi Coast | Amanda Tabberer / Carla Coulson

Greene on Capri | Shirley Hazzard

The story of San Michele | Alex Munthe