As you may have guessed, that grueling travel day was totally worn it it as soon as I arrived in Amalfi. My hotel, once an eighteenth-century palazzo, is a beautiful 27-room modern accommodation across from the sea.
My balcony provides me with a view of the beach and tonight the full moon shines brightly. Amalfi is a lively town with plenty of restaurants that stay open late, so once freshened up, I requested a recommendation for a place to eat which was not in the main square.
Within ten minutes I arrived on foot at L’Abside Restaurant and Wine Bar, which I reached by walking through the bustling Piazza del Duomo and the Amalfi Cathedral of St Andrew with its huge staircase. Hundreds of people were on the street tonight in this summery-like weather. Turning left I walked up a steep alley until I came upon the small Piazza del Dogi.
The restaurant’s outdoor tables were full. Of course it was typical Italian dinner time, 9:15PM, so the kind waitress had me sit inside and wait a few minutes for a table outside. The ambience is perfect in this temperate climate where a scarf might not even be needed. A glass of prosecco, some acqua naturale, and homemade ravioli with a green salad was just what I needed.
The waiters and waitresses spoke English and I overheard a lot of English conversation from visitors British accents. I felt like I was in heaven here and already knew that the next four days were going to be perfect. My plan here was to relax and enjoy Amalfi, maybe visit the nearby town of Ravello and take the boat to Capri for a few hours. Buonannote. More about Amalfi tomorrow.