On Amalfi Coast, base yourself in the sleepy little fishing village of Praiano. Nestled in the steep southern cliffs, Praiano is home to one of my favourite bars—it’s called Cafe Mirante and a magical place to watch the sunset. After, go for dinner at Vivaro Wine Bar.
Owner Gennaro runs the whole affair solo— takes orders, cooks and washes up all while downing house wine and serving the most delicious, fresh seafood. Take morning coffee and sfogliatelle at Bar del Sole and watch as the town comes to life.
"Gennaro runs the whole affair solo, takes orders, cooks and washes up all while downing house wine..."
Hire a vintage Fiat 500 from Spider Life Style. Visit nearby Positano. Positano main beach is a postcard scene but overpriced.
Walk ten minutes along the coastal path to Fornillo beach instead, La Marinella is a great, low-key spot for lunch. Stock up on beautiful linen pieces at La Bottega Di Brunella and take aperitivo at Le Sirenuse. Go for dinner at Ristorante IL Capitano for delicious pastas and incredible views.
Drive to Ravello for the day and stop by hidden Cala di Furore on the way. In Ravello, visit the beautiful Hotel Belmond Caruso for lunch.
Skip the requisite trip to Capri and head to the sleepy island of Ischia instead.
Base yourself at Mezzatorre Resort & Spa and rent a scooter. Spend your days exploring the fabulously Wes-Anderson-eque shades of Spiaggia dei Pescatori and port town of Sant’Angelo. Visit the historic Aragonese Castle.
"Bonus points if you can spot the locations for The Talented Mr Ripley, filmed on Ischia."
Ristorante Aglio olio & Pomodoro serves the best bruschetta I’ve ever had. Browse nearby Associazione Amici del Museo del mare Isola D’Ischia for beautifully bound Italian poetry books and maps.