If you could imagine the most beautiful cliffs, pastel colored houses built right on top of each other into those cliffs…and surround it all by a dramatically blue seaside…you would be in Positano. The drive along the Amalfi Coast reminded us of the coastal drive in northern CA along highway 1, which is one of our favorite drives in the world. Every twist and turn reveals views that are jaw dropping. It is difficult to describe the beauty we are looking at in every direction in this part of Italy. As good as we feel our pictures are…they still don’t do justice to this beautiful landscape. Add this one to your short list if you haven’t made it here yet.
We arrived in the early evening to our hotel, Pensione Maria Luisa (http://www.pensionemarialuisa.com). Our place wasn’t the highest but it was the closest to the water on its street. There were 4 rooms with balconies overlooking the panoramic views of the coast and we were lucky enough to be in one. The hotel itself is older and could certainly use some new paint but it had the basic necessities and the price we paid was very reasonable considering the location. The balcony with the table and chairs was really the only place we wanted to hang out when we were in our room any way…the view was almost fake it was so stunning.
Our hotel is owned by a family who also owns a couple other restaurants in town, so after a few glasses of cold Sauvignon Blanc (from a bottle we had leftover from Sancerre, France)…we decided to walk around the corner for dinner at one of their restaurants. The restaurant, Saraceno d’Oro (http://www.saracenodoro.it) had the mother taking orders (the sister of the owner of our hotel), as well as her two sons and her sister working in the back. This was truly a family business and the food was truly homemade Italian cuisine. We found a table outside and ordered…Giff had the house made noodles with mussels and clams and I had a pasta made with tomatoes, eggplant and mozzarella cheese. We also ordered a salad to get our greens…along with a bottle of local red wine. We followed our meal with Panna cotta drizzled with toasted caramel sauce…we came close to licking the plate but held back.
Before going back to our hotel we got the family together in the street in front of the restaurant and all took a picture. The food was great and the family worked together to give good service. They also gave us a discount for staying at the Pensione Maria Luisa. It was late so after all the fun, we walked back to our room and stared up at the stars and out at all the boats in the water before closing the curtains for bed.