Cox & Kings client Elinor Hughes spent her honeymoon on Italy’s Amalfi coast. Here, she tells us why it is the perfect destination for a honeymoon.
The Amalfi Coast, described as a maritime superpower between the ninth and 12th centuries and now a popular tourist location, became our honeymoon destination in May 2012. Dylan and I were looking for the perfect romantic getaway, with beautiful views, great food, interesting things to see and somewhere we could unwind after planning a wedding. We found it all on the south coast of Italy.
Even as we were driven along the winding road that leads to Amalfi, we were in awe of the spectacular scenery – the colourful villages built into the cliff sides and the abundance of lemon trees (the area is famous for producing the lemon liqueur limoncello). Amalfi has a small shingle beach and the main square – the Piazza del Duomo – is where the stunning cathedral stands. The cathedral steps provided a lovely backdrop as we sampled local food and Italian ice cream in one of the square’s cafes and bought local wine from one of the many shops to enjoy back on our hotel room’s balcony (the Hotel Luna Convento has excellent coastal views). Going out for an evening meal was easy as there was plenty of choice and Amalfi gets quieter in the evenings. We ate at Eolo and the little tower restaurant opposite the Hotel Luna Convento – both can boast picture postcard views, and fantastic food and service.
There were plenty of places to explore outside Amalfi. We chose to visit Pompeii and took a boat trip to the island of Capri.
The highlight of the trip for me was the visit to Pompeii. We took one of the bus tours, and I’m glad we did because our guide was excellent. Her knowledge of the area became clear as she gave us a snapshot of its history before taking us through the events of 79AD – the year that the volcano Vesuvius erupted and the resulting ash engulfed the city. Pompeii has been an excavation site since 1748, and the results are a fascinating glimpse into Roman life about 2,000 years ago. I was surprised by how much of the city has been preserved. Some of the buildings include an arena, gladiator training area, shops, homes and even a brothel.
On our last day, we took a boat to the pretty island of Capri, which is about an hour from Amalfi. Among the main features are the Marina Piccola (the little harbour), the town of Anacapri and the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra). The highlights for me were seeing the Blue Grotto (a sea cave flooded with blue light that you can only reach by boat) and the stunning view across the Gulf of Naples from the Monte Cappello in Anacapri.
It’s not difficult to see why the Amalfi Coast is so popular. It really is a beautiful place. It’s steeped in history, everyone’s friendly and the food and drink are excellent. We look forward to returning one day – perhaps on our anniversary!
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