It's bizarre to think that just one short month ago I was living the dream in Europe. I landed back at JFK and hit the road running- back to work, social life, and taking on every New Yorker's worst nightmare: apartment hunting. Today I officially signed my lease and can now begin processing/convincing myself that the two week trip of a lifetime actually happened.
The first stop on #WEandGGoverseas was the Amalfi Coast. Here is what you need to know if you’re planning a visit to this picturesque portion of Italy.
WHERE TO SLEEP:
- Le Sirenuse (Positano): Perfectly central in Positano with unreal views of the village, a great pool, and even better cocktails. My parents stayed here so GG and I spent quite a bit of time on property.
- Monastero Santa Rosa (Conca dei Marini): This hotel is on a whole new level. It is an old monetary turned six-star establishment (did anyone else know this was a thing?). While the hotel has a lot of history, it only has six seasons of hospitality under it’s belt (after 10 years of rennovations). The accommodations are inviting and the staff is perfect, but the true dazzler is the view. The untouched mountainscape lies between the infinity pool (hotel guests only!) and the Mediterranean sea, offering a view like something you’ve never seen before. Take it in while enjoying the freshest glass of lemonade in life upon arrival.
While GG and I stayed at a small hotel in Praiano, when I visit the Amalfi next, I will stay at both of the above. Both hotels are fabulous and fulfill their own purpose: Le Sirenuse, the lively experience of Positano, and Santa Rosa, the beyond-relaxing escape from real-life.
WHERE TO DINE:
- il Ritrovo (Positano): the restaurant has it’s own shuttle service because it is tucked away far above the village. We dined here during a crazy lightning storm, so magical. Don’t miss the eggplant parmesan, the signature Ritrovo pasta, or the tiramisu!
- Ristorante Il Refettorio at Monastero Santa Rosa (Conca dei Marini): If you’re not able to stay at Santa Rosa, don’t miss a trip to the grounds for lunch on the terrace. Let me tell you that the "Pizza Meets Sandwich" is worth the drive alone; it is the best sandwich I have eaten in my entire life.
- Chez Black: GG and I ate here twice in our four days on the Amalfi Coast. It’s central, fun, and the food is good (it is also apparently the oldest restaurant in Positano!). Definitely more of an atmosphere thing than a foodie thing, but if you’re a pretty girl, be prepared to be sat in the front “reserved” tables (and if you Insta like we did, you might get regrammed to join the likes of Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell). The manager also works with the local club, Music on the Rocks. To impress two New York City dames with a nightlife establishment is impressive in an of itself, but especially in a small town like Posi. We had a blast here!
- Conca del Sogna (Nerano): This restaurant experience may have been my favorite memory from our entire two week trip. It was the lunch recommendation made by our boat captain. It’s honestly difficult to sum up in words. It was the most gorgeous, refreshing, fun, relaxing, chic, and yummy beachside meal. Conca del Sogna (“the basin of dreams”) is something you have to experience for yourself.
- Private boat: Being on the Amalfi Coast is gorgeous. Seeing the Amalfi Coast from the sea is life-changing.
- La Botteguccia: Handmade sandals by Giovanni in Positano. For 60 euros he’ll make your design come to life while you enjoy a negroni down by the shore
- Profumi di Positano: Organic perfumes and soaps with the kindest shop owners
Traveling to the Amalfi Coast was a dream come true. Let me assure you, it is as picturesque as the photos splattered across Pinterest. It also holds such a special place in my heart because it was the first stop on #WEandGGoverseas (and more than a year of planning and saving!) and the location our trip crossed over with my parent's. So here are my final thoughts...
- If I could spend every day of my life on a private boat sipping wine, I would
- How can a place be so damn photogenic?
Just wait until you see Capri. Coming soon! xo, SPV
p.s. Check out GG's Amalfi Coast coverage HERE