Although I visit the Amalfi Coast annually, I’m yet to get bored, or even feel like I should probably say ‘Arrivederci’ and find new sunny shores to explore. I love Amalfi, obviously, and it is so familiar to me, both the place and the people, it’s like heading home for a week each year to relax and recharge.
Our daily routine can get somewhat repetitive, but that’s what I love about staying in Amalfi. We start our day with coffee, we walk to the beach in Atrani (Amalfi’s neighbouring village), we eat gluten free pizza from our favourite pizza shop on the planet (Le Arcate for those wondering) and we swim and snooze until the sun disappears.
The late afternoon/early evening usually commences with us sat on the cathedral stairs in Amalfi, slurping back lemon granite topped with the freshest of fruit, as we watch tourists, lovers, kids and locals stroll back and forth. Once we’ve finished our granite, and we’ve considered buying another, we exercise restraint and head back to the apartment for the evening.
The night starts with a wander along the boardwalk and a drink in one of the many gorgeous bars, sitting outside in the warm evening heat, surrounded by the sound of chattering Italians. Dinner is always careful considered and always at one of our favourite restaurants. We’re creatures of habit somewhat, and having done the groundwork of trying different restaurants over the years, we know what we like and we now stick with it.
No matter the hour, and no matter how much we’ve eaten, a day in Amalfi must always end with gelato, eaten again in the very same spot we devour the lemon granite, on the cathedral stairs. We then swear we’re going to have a night off gelato the next evening, only to repeat the same pattern of events the very next day, coffee, beach, pizza, granite, cocktail, dinner, gelato.
People say change is good for you. But this is one repetitive exercise that I feel no need to change anytime soon. Wandering Amalfi is one of my greatest joys, and that gluten free pizza is worth the flight to Italy alone.