ANACAPRI ON CAPRI
Villa San Michele
The Amalfi coast in Italy needs no introduction from me, suffice to say that it is one of the world’s most popular and beautiful tourist destinations. The coastline is dramatic and mediterranean gorgeous, beauty is everywhere you look and it is to be found both on and off the beaten path, on land and on water.
If however you don’t like crowds (like me) then my small piece of advice would be to avoid the months of July and August. If you can’t as we couldn’t, then perhaps rather than be in Positano stay in one of the smaller and lesser known (but equally as gorgeous) towns or villages on the coast or set back in the hinterland overlooking the coastline (see Solaria below for a tranquil beautiful get away from it all B & B), which leads me to a word of thanks to Emilio and his wife Angela.
One day when I felt an itch to explore the area further I ran into the Positano tourist office asking if anyone could help me locate a lemon grower, a cheese maker or any other type of farmer in the area. As fate would have it on that particular day I was led to Emilio Lucibello.
Emilio generously suggested I meet him up in a tiny hamlet called Tovere (only 7 kms from Amalfi) set back from the busy coast in a hinterland of green terraced gardens, lemon groves and small parcels of farm land overlooking the sea, and where his neighbours just happen to make some of the best cheese on the coast, supplying many of the restaurants in the area.
On our arrival a few days later we were warmly greeting by Emilio and Angela whose kind hospitality included some of Angelia’s delicious homemade cake and sweet Italian coffee.
It is in this tiny hamlet surrounded by the scent of lemon trees and overlooking the mediterranean that they have restored an old farmhouse into a modern functioning and tranquil B&B, Solaria, only minutes from the coast but a world away from the crowds.
Thank you Emiio and Angela for your warm hospitality, and for your introduction to Gregorio, Carmela and Luigi who so kindly let us into their world of cheese making and allowed me to photograph them at work. I hope to see you all again one day soon.
All images © millie brown
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