Seaside Beauties of the Amalfi Coast

Anne & Kirk Woodyard – Music and Markets Tours

It’s been a few years since we’ve hosted a Music and Markets Amalfi Coast Tour, and what a joy it was to share this beautiful part of the world with guests once again this July!
The Amalfi Coast Music Festival is now headquartered in Maiori (it was formerly in Vietri sul Mare), and evening concerts take place in the historic Palazzo Mezzacapo -the town hall of Maiori,07151502 concert nancy s after dinner in the cathedral or cloister of Amalfi, on a stage perched over the sea in Conca dei Marini, and other spectacular locations. During the days we have the entire Amalfi Coast to explore (including a day trip to glorious Capri!),07121501 marina grande so today we chug along to Amalfi on a little ferry from Maiori, taking in the views of yesterday’s destination, Ravello,07161501 views at lunch too high on a rocky point (that white contemporary hanging on the side is Gore Vidal’s former home), 07171501 ravello abovefrom where we’ll head on a larger ferry to Positano.
We pass adorable little Atrani – one of our favorite authentic Amalfi coast lovelies,07171502 adorable atrani and take advantage of the hour before our next ferry to walk into Amalfi, bravely crossing the two lane Amalfi Coast Highway in between buses and cars to arrive at the main piazza.07171502 awe inspiring amalfi

Amalfi’s relatively quiet this early in the morning, and it’s fun to peek into whitewashed corridors (Arab baths from the 1300s) and note how stairs rise immediately on either side of the one street through town. 07171502 awed by arab baths narrow lane and steps up on both sidesFriends who’ve rented an apartment here talked of descending 80 plus steps each morning to the bakery, then UP again!
Boarding the larger ferry for the half hour cruise to Positano, we pass gorgeous sailboats  moored offshore- the eye-catching pastels of the town must be a lovely sight from there 07171502 yachts offshore– and one yacht even has a water slide off the upper deck – looks like fun!07171502 slide on yachtWhile our guests start shopping the tempting boutiques overflowing with “Positano Style”, Kirk buys tart lemon granitas for all from our favorite lady-and-the-boat at the top of Positano’s winding lanes –07171503 kirk bought lemon granitas from the girl and the boat at top of town

this is where the Amalfi Coast road comes through Positano, and where the only bus stop is-  quite a hike above the shore.07171503 l by top of town

Then he doctors the icy treat with his little bottle of limoncello – wow what a taste!07171503 then doctored them up with his stash of limoncello

We’ll consider that treat our aperitif – now on to lunch, along the cliffside path, past the Saracen tower that’s been nicely renovated into a vacation rental.07171504 cliff path by saracen tower now rental

Perched on the cliffside, O Guaracino has our table ready, along with a chilled pitcher of crisp local white, and plenty of cold water (yes, it’s HOT – one of the hottest summers on record!).07171504 cold water and crisp white at guar

With views from one side to another, 07171504 either side viewsfriendly, welcoming staff, and the freshest of seafood cooked on an open fire, it’s our favorite Positano restaurant.
And a little more lemon is the perfect finish to our feast07171504 refreshing sorbet perfect finishbefore we head back to Maiori on our two-ferry trip… perhaps there’s time for a dip in the pool before dinner?07171505 fit in a swimLife on the Amalfi Coast is full-to-the-brim of delights for the eyes, the mouth – yes, all of our senses!

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2009 Anne and Kirk ViasThe best way to describe us (Kirk and Anne Woodyard) is that we’re interested in the stories that make the places we visit come alive.
We’ve visited Europe more times than we can count, learned some entertaining stories there, and met some warm and helpful people who also enjoy the wonders of music and life in Europe.
Between our music-related travels, we split our time between our homes near Washington DC and the south of France. We look forward to sharing these stories and friends and experiences with our Music and Markets guests.
While both of us have experience in organizing travel and music groups Kirk’s background is in project management and competitive writing, and Anne is an accomplished pianist with over thirty years of teaching experience, and a travel and food writer specializing in France and Italy.

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