Why Talitha loves the Amalfi Coast in the fall
Glamorous, fashionable, enchanting and postcard-perfect, Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast has barely changed a dot since Jackie Kennedy whisked her children off to the lemon-scented town of Ravello at the invitation of Gore Vidal in 1962. The tiny pastel-hued villages of tangerine, salmon and limoncello-coloured houses still tumble precariously down the cliff-face; the twisty, turny Strada Statale – the cliff-edge road that runs the entire 40km length of the coast – is still full of crazy Italian drivers in Fiat 500s swinging around heart-stoppingly beautiful hairpin bends; and the crystal clear deep-turquoise beaches that drift gently into the Med are still amongst the most beautiful in the world. No wonder, then, that every village from Positano to Praiano is heaving with tourists in high summer.
Travelling to the Costiera Amalfitana in the autumn has its advantages: it’s gloriously sunny without being sticky; it’s still swimming-weather warm; you can actually get a sunlounger on one of those private beaches that line the coast; there are less of those bussed-in tourist masses and best of all, you can get a reservation at pretty much any hotel or restaurant – or, gasp, even walk straight in!
Where to stay: For modern luxury, try the Relais Blu in Massa Lubrense – the infinity pool with views that stretch out to Capri is spectacular. The Monastero Santa Rosa hotel and spa, on the other hand, is a converted monastery perched high on a cliff between Praiano and Amalfi that has walls like shortbread, terraces of lemon trees, a breathtaking infinity pool and rooms of old-style luxury.
What to do: Take a day trip to the island of Capri – its legendary beauty lives up to expectations; hire a boat and spend the day hopping between beaches and drinking in a new view of the coast’s curiously unspoilt beauty; or simply get your trainers on and walk – the Amalfi old town is gorgeous.
What to wear: For daytime adventures, go for a matching shorts and top co-ord or pair our Sindhi embroidered top with denim shorts and leather flats. Our Massai embroidered tunic will take your from beach to bar while our black diamond long dress or pinafore dress is perfect for more formal dinners, and don’t forget to take your best pair of Jackie O style sunglasses.