Italy – the land of some of the most delicious foods and wines on this earth – and the land of so much more. Rich in history and culture, Italy is a must-see on anyone’s bucket list, particularly if you are considering traveling to Europe.
Of course there are the must-sees – Rome, Venice, and Florence – but there is so much more to Italy. Whether you are a seasoned traveler to Italy or if it is your first voyage to this country, there are hidden treasures abound. Owner and agent Nancy Yale, who travelled to Italy just last week, has the inside scoop on unique cities and accommodations in Italy.
Nancy was able to see this beautiful country in all its glory. She visited the area of Puglia, which means “land of water.” Puglia offers many different historical and medieval villages as well as wonderful ocean vistas and hotels and resorts with many different activities (golf, bicycling, walking).
One of these cities is a Unesco World Heritage site, Matera. Once a subterranean city with historical health issues, it is now a recuperated city – a huge effort was undertaken to recreate the city from 1950 onward. Matera is a beautiful new, restructured city that still contains the quaint charm of the past.
Nancy was also able to experience many Italian hotels on the Amalfi coast. She was especially impressed by the Santa Caterina in Amalfi. Perfect for honeymoon couples and families alike, all rooms have partial or full seaviews. They have a few separate villas on the property as well. There is an outdoor pool, a beach club, a formal restaurant as well as informal beach BBQ area and lunch at the beach club. One can walk to Amalfi town which is a 15 minute walk and there is also a shuttle every half hour back and forth. There are also boats and ferries bringing guests to Positano and Capri.
Ravello is a town in the mountains outside of Amalfi that has amazing ocean views and beautiful walking streets. Very quiet and serene, the best properties there are the Palazzo Avino and the Caruso which is an Orient Express hotel (now called Belmond). Driving on the narrow, windy roads was quite an experience as there are only 2 little lanes and when a bus comes in the other direction extreme caution and bravery is necessary! Combining Puglia and the Amalfi coast was great. The drive between the 2 is easy and only about 3 hours. One can fly into Naples for the Amalfi coast and fly out of Bari which is the closest airport to Puglia. Call us today to book your Italian getaway!