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Amalfi Coast
Back to the Sixties!

To begin at the beginning: please do rent a car! Preferably a vintage Alfa Romeo Duetto, but any convertible will do. It is for sure the best way to experience Italy’s most spectacular coastal scenery: from Salerno, the main southern gateway to the coast, strike west to Vietri sul Mare, a small town famous for its ceramics and the start point of the panoramic road proper. From here the road narrows, the curves become tighter, and the views become ever more dramatic, as the gems of this area start to enfold. Amalfi, the coast’s main hub, with its landmark Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea, then Ravello in the hills above, offering heady panoramas from the town’s lush gardens. Next, Positano, a chic, near-vertical town where colorful, steeply-stacked houses cascade down the precipitous hillsides and beyond Sorrento, a lively tourist hotspot overlooked by the dark, brooding bulk of Mt. Vesuvius. Oh, and make sure not to forget Ischia, Capri and Procida, the three mesmerizing vulcanic islands which adorn the bay of Naples, boasting fabulous spa, secret beaches, picturesque villages and spectacular sea stacks.

In such a rich and variegated location, the choice of wedding venues is just as ample; having been looking after visitors for centuries, the Amalfi coast knows how to welcome guests and make their big day a truly unforgettable one, either in a historic 5 stars hotel, in a picturesque private mansion, or even in a rowing club located right on the beach. Here, you will have the possibility to say “I do” in the breathtaking villa that hosted Greta Garbo and her lover, as they tried to escape the world to live their romance, or, if you prefer, you can hold your wedding aperitivi on the panoramic terrace where Romi Schneider acted the part of Princess Sissi, or, yet again, you can retrace the steps of the iconic Jackie O’, as she spent many holidays between Ravello and Capri luxury hotels, thus contributing to the area’s sophisticated glamour. In a heartbeat, this enchanting location will bring you back to the era of Vespa and ponytails, when life was slow, smart, and sweet. Plunged in this suspended atmosphere, try to imagine an afternoon ceremony in a medieval cloister, a long, lazy aperitivo buffet on a terrace overlooking the sea at sunset, an alfresco candlelit reception and, finally, a poolside dance party: it doesn’t get better than this!

Irene, the wedding maniac, says that: the Amalfi coast is for the dreamers, but mind, not any dreamer, as the dream will need your cooperation to come to life. No picture perfect setting will welcome you: crumbling stucco, scruffy blind alleys and even, at times, a faint smell of drains, or soffritto, are essential components of this incomparable place. They all add to the authenticity of those villages and their inhabitants which, together with the breathtaking views, the luxurious venues, the earthy, generous local kitchen and your sensitivity to feel and enjoy the whole package, will make the dream destination wedding come to life.

Let’s talk money and keep it real: this is the most sought after destination wedding location in Italy and maybe in the whole wide world; moreover, the venues that allow a flawless event are not many. As a consequence, the Amalfi Coast is the most expensive area of all; to give you a rough idea, without splurging your cash, consider spending from 35 K euro for a 50 guests’ event, including every element you may need, from the reception to the décor, the music etc. but without accommodation. If you aim at the most iconic venues, such as Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, first make sure to book veeery early, and then be prepared to put 5 K euro on top of the above mentioned 35 k. Not bad for a reality check, right?

 

 

Cover photo: Giuseppe Milo, Photo 1: Stefano Corni, Photo 2: Mattlien.com , Photo 3: Francesca S.