Secret Charming Fountain: Amalfi

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Secret Charming Fountain in Amalfi

Did you say it’s time to go to the Amalfi Coast? Hang on, let me get my hat!

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Amalfi Coast

 

There is NOTHING like the Amalfi Coast. Beautiful towns balancing on dramatic cliffs, food from the sea, abundance of lemons, bougainvillea spilling everywhere, and the welcoming, warm citizens of Campania. NOTHING like it.

The jewel, and title town of the Coast, is Amalfi.

Amalfi street

Amalfi

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Amalfi

It’s a small town, lusciously sprawling down a long, lovely main street, which leads from the beach, past the cathedral, to the teetering white-washed inviting architecture. Every step of the way you find beauty, culture, restaurants, coffee bars, and shops.

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Amalfi

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Amalfi

view from Amalfi Cathedral

Amalfi

Keep walking deep into the town, toward the end of the main street — till you think: “well, I guess that was the last shop” — that’s when you’ll find the secret charming fountain. It’s originally meant to represent a nativity scene, but over the years, there seems to have been many added figures. Hills & cliffs, with tableaux of shepherds, and sweethearts, craftspeople, working people, and beautiful maidens.

It’s also a drinking fountain open to the public for free refreshment. Take a sip. Hang out and make friends with all the little people (and sheep), read the stories they tell & take home an extraordinary experience.

And then (why not?) stop into a cafe for some prosciutto & melon. (Soooo good!)

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prosciutto & melon in Amalfi

Dreaming of Positano

Positano

Positano

Maybe it’s the weather. Spring. That fresh air. Carrying the scents of baby leaves, buds about to burst, the planet’s new tip toward the sun.

But I’ve got Positano on my mind.

Positano

Positano

There is only one place like it. Adjacent towns along the Amalfi Coast are not exactly Positano. They all have their own secret charm. But only in Positano do the buildings pile up so high.

Positano

Positano

Does the beach draw you to the sea. Do the meandering, circling, serpentine streets take you from the top…

Positano

Positano

…to the bottom and back again.

Positano

Positano

And every storefront, hotel, restaurant, cafe along the way is where you want to spend hours–

Positano

Positano

each place — one at a time…

Positano

Positano

— so that you stay in Positano for an unlimited amount of days. Yes, that’s what I want.

Positano

Positano

Food of the Magic Kingdom (Amalfi Coast)

Ravello at Villa Cimbrone

Ravello at Villa Cimbrone

One of the ladies that came on the trip to Italy – Bonnie — said she felt like she had visited a magic kingdom. I’d been to the area lots of times but it is ALWAYS a surprise to the eyes. Wherever you turn you are stunned with beauty. It is indeed MAGICAL.

entering Capri by boat

entering Capri by boat

And then there’s the food. The sparkling sustenance you devour while your head reels with splendor. No wonder tourists descend. Everyone wants a piece of it. I try to soak up many eyefuls, palate delights, secrets and memories as possible. Then when I get home I use it as soul fuel for at least 6 months (until it runs out).

Here are some of the stand-out dishes from this trip. Starting with my all time fav and the first thing I ordered:

spaghetti vongole- my FAV

spaghetti alle vongole- my FAV

 

And this tastes even BETTER than it looks…

Risotto pesce

Risotto pesce

 

…just KNOCKOUT…!

Fried calamari & shrimp

Fried calamari & shrimp

 

We cooked this in our Ravello cooking class at Villa Maria…

sea bream in acqua pazza

sea bream in acqua pazza

 

An appetizer elevated to the gorgeous-ness of the local ingredients…

prosciutto and melon

prosciutto and melon

 

Here are 2 desserts particularly Napolitani!

pastaciotto

pastaciotto

Sfogliatelle

Sfogliatelle

 

Every morning you must have….

un cafe and un cornetto

un cappuccino and un cornetto

Amalfi Coast. Yes. Paradise. Just got back!

Chef Paulette in Campania

Chef Paulette in Campania

Me and a few wonderful ladies from Nashville took a trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast a couple of weeks ago. The beauty of the region fills your eyes, heart and soul at every turn. And the food entrances your palate with every and any bite. Can I go back now? PLEASE?

Here are a few images from the trip. More to come. And, of course, recipes & stories. Stay tuned!

Positano

Positano

Ravello

Ravello

Maiori

Maiori