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This week we ventured just a bit outside of Castellammare to the Stabia Crowne Plaza Hotel and Il San Pietro Hotel in Positano situated along the Amalfi coast. Like the rest of the region, the Amalfi Coast is in a Mediterranean climate, featuring warm summers and mild winters. Summer in Italy comes much quicker than it does in the North East of the U.S. The temperature is already in the 80’s! The Amalfi coast is located on the steep southern shore of the Sorrentine Peninsula, leaving very little room for rural and agricultural territories. The only land route to the Amalfi Coast is 25 mile long Strada Statale which runs along the coastline from the town of Vietri sul Mare in the east to Positano in the west.
Along the way to Ravello we stopped for a break in Positano, a few of us navigated ourselves through the windy streets and found a nice ristorante. I had a nice garden salad on the side with Chicken Cacciatore as the main dish. The chicken was full of flavor and was very tender, probably one of the best meals I have had so far in Italy! In Positano there are dozens of boutique shops located on the side of street selling just about everything you could imagine! We drove about another 30 minutes to Ravello and were greeted by our tour guide who showed us the beautiful gardens Villa Cimbrone located in the heart of Ravello.
We learned a lot throughout the hotel visits when meeting with the management of the two hotels and were brought into a “behind the scenes” perspective and understood how the two hotels are operated and managed. It was very interesting to compare and contrast the differentiation between the two. This was my favorite excursion so far!