Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hanging with the rich and famous in Italy

From the Naples airport straight to Pompeii??? Our gorgeous guide kept the Wesco Fabrics group awake after an overnight flight. She gave us special access to this Roman city buried by the famous eruption in 79AD. From here to Positano, the group found the winding road breathtaking and sometimes a little unnerving with all the tight turns and steep drop-offs.

Positano was discovered long ago by seafaring Greeks, a few Roman Emperors, and Saracen pirates. The allure of this magical village and sparkling azure sea has hooked even the most jaded travelers from Hemingway, Steinbeck, Rudolf Nureyev, and even Danny Devito. Marla and I fell hopelessly in love with this jewel box of colorful stacked villas on the hillside, and impossibly steep stairs a number of years ago. It is definitely a special place of enchantment.

Our group rallied, ending their arrival day with a lovely dinner at Lo Guarracino and a mesmerizing view!

Calm seas and warm sun set the tone for a day of coastal exploration.

Amalfi’s famous 13th century Cathedral of Saint Andrew is really stunning. The Crypt is decorated with frescoes from the 16th century.

The winding road to Ravello is a 100o feet up the hill above Amalfi. After lunch at Villa Maria we toured the incredible Cimbrone Gardens.

Cimbrone’s Temple of Bacchus is one of the wonderful garden’s many special visual treats.

High above Positano in the village of Montepertuso is La Tagliata, one of our favorites.

The sunset view previewed the fabulous dining experience.

The chefs and the waiters brought platter after platter of regional delicacies for course after course.

Dixie wanted to see the kitchen so “Momma” invited all of us in for a tour.

Positano’s main beach is a little manic, so we took the path to quieter Fornillo Beach.

Ferdinando is a great cafĂ© at this private beach. My favorite formula is a Peroni, insalata mista, and a plate of bruschetta. “Yumm!”

Beautiful art galleries and fashion boutiques are abundant on via dei Mulino. “I must have those incredible sandals!” can be heard in English, Russian, or Chinese.

Bonnie owns a furniture and design business in California and KNOWS how to shop!

Annette, Kathy, and Marla share shopping notes.

Bob, Dixie, Sandy and Jack enjoy cocktails & camaraderie on the terrace of the Buca di Bacco, our favorite place to hangout before dinner.

Russ and Dick “hanging with the guys.”

Wine and laughter was on the menu for our last dinner in Positano.

Russ & Bonnie savor breakfast on the terrace.

We truly had a great time with our Wesco Fabrics’ customers on this trip! Wesco Fabrics’ adventurers have traveled to Bali, Thailand, France, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Hawaii, and now Italy. Though we are all back home in our offices, fabulous memories remain of the wonderful times in Positano and the Amalfi Coast!


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