22 February 2011
Revelling in Ravello
Special places and activities selected by our Hotel Caruso team
Footpaths through Forests and Fields
The hills around Ravello are threaded with delightful hiking trails. Follow them past incredible viewpoints, ancient buildings and tiny hamlets. Walk along mule tracks through rugged countryside, and up and down steep slopes. Then dip down to the sea and raise a glass to your achievement at a bar by the beach. Discover these routes by yourself or ask Giovanni Visetti to accompany you. A hiking guide here for more than 20 years, he will show you the Sorrento Peninsula, Amalfi Coast and Capri in unimaginable detail.
Cruise the Amalfi coast
A delightful restored fishing boat is moored at Amalfi ready to take Hotel Caruso guests on complimentary tours of the coast. It sets off every morning (weather permitting) around 10 am and heads towards Positano. En route, it stops for a visit to the ethereal Grotta Azzurra (Emerald Grotto). All along the way are dramatic cliffs where villas of the rich and famous teeter. It returns to Amalfi in time for lunch beside the sea, or the shuttle back up to the hotel.
Museum in a Mill
Potty about Pottery
On Your Toes
Pleasures of the Table
Dining out is one of the great pleasures of this part of Italy, renowned for its seafood and Mediterranean produce such as citrus fruits. Discover our restaurants on our Hotel Caruso website.
Additional suggestions include:
Trattoria da Armandino is suspended under the cliffs at Marina di Praiano, There are other bistros with a better view or with more fancy tables, but this is where the Italians like to go. The food is really delicious and Armandino always has some great daily specials.
Pasticceria Pansa has been delighting the people of Amalfi with its special candied citrus zest, millefeuilles, delizia al limone and almond cakes since 1830. Find this listed historic building - itself something of a confection - near the Duomo of Amalfi, take a table in the sun and indulge your sweet tooth.
Pasticceria Dolceria dell'Antico Portico is a small pastry shop and cafe that serves some of the best chocolate, cakes and espresso on the Amalfi Coast. Plus there's exceptionally friendly service and a real local atmosphere.
Pasticceria Sal De Riso has been run by the family of the same name for more than a century. It is known for both traditional and more creative cakes and citrus liqueurs. In summer it has wonderful ice cream. This bar in the central square of Minori has an equally attractive younger sister on the town's waterfront: Pasticceria de Riso.
Next 2 is a great mix of lounge, restaurant, wine bar and club. Don't be fooled by the ambient music and the Miami-minimalistic design. Beneath its stylish veneer, this cool new hangout has solid local credentials and takes its food and wine very seriously. Some dishes, like the pumpkin soup with rosemary oil and shrimps, fall into the creative category, but others - the sartù di riso or slow baked beef braciola in tomato sauce - are classic Neapolitan dishes, sharpened and refined. An outside patio set back from the road makes for a relaxed alfresco meal. In high season, it also becomes a venue for jazz concerts. The wine list is a pleasure to read: it's not a huge selection, but one that's clearly been drawn up by someone who knows their Italian producers.
Conwinum is a wine bar with an art gallery and screening area that feature themed music evenings. Choose from a vast array of wines to be savoured in a typical Mediterranean setting bright with lively, traditional colours.
Music On The Rocks makes every guest feel like a VIP. People come to this disco hotspot from all over Southern Italy and beyond. The lights, the music, the cocktails and the views are all spectacular. This is definitely a place for fun.
L'Africana is an extraordinary disco/night club set in natural caves. Its décor features a dramatic display of African artefacts and the sea ebbs and flows beneath its glass dance floor. A favourite of the glitterati in the 1960s, it closed in 2005 but is being revamped and is set to open again soon. Watch this space and be among the first to experience this amazing place.
What are your favourite Amalfi Coast places?