Gone Fishing: CTTW in Italy
We closed the office for a week last month. Kenza, Brenda, and I added out-of-office signature lines to our emails and hit the road to Italy, one of our (and our clients’) favorite destinations. Mama Mia! We covered a lot of territory in seven days, from Rome to the Almafi Coast, checking into five hotels while checking out, aka inspecting, another twelve. There were at least five guided tours, three hikes, one questionable chair lift, and countless plates of pasta and cones of gelato – all in an effort to experience the best of Italy firsthand to, in turn, share with our clients. We came, we saw, we conquered! And here’s the scoop:
There are nearly as many hotels in Italy as there are travellers, but we found a few favorites in a range of styles and budgets (four and five star):
In Rome, Hotel Eden just reopened after an extensive renovation and she’s a real grand dame, while the iconic Hotel de Russie and JK Place Rome continue to shine. Newly discovered gems include Villa Spalletti Trivelli, an Italian family’s gorgeous palazzo located in a residential area, and Hotel Degli Artisti, a nice, affordable option for families.
In Capri, we fell in love with the beautiful JK Place Capri, our home away from home, and the stylish Capri Palace. (Don’t miss Il Riccio, their beach club, for lunch!) Capri Tiberio Palace is another good hotel option.
In Ravello, Palazzo Avino is downright dreamy.
For food and fun, we recommend these stand-out experiences:
In Rome, a Fiat Tour can’t be beat for covering a lot of territory in style. And after you’ve seen the sites, settle in for a real Roman feast at old-school Piperno or the new pizzeria Emma. For gelato – shhh, don’t tell anyone – La Romana is the locals’ favorite.
In Capri, take the chair lift up to Monte Solero, the highest point on the island, for spectacular views. When you come back to earth, walk on over to Antonio’s to pick up a pair of custom-made sandals, the perfect souvenir, for about $75. (Both experiences were part of our memorable ½-day Capri tour with wonder-woman guide, Maria Louisa.)
In Positano, you’ll want to hike the Path of Gods, high above the coast, and then treat yourself to dinner at Le Sirenuse’s restaurant, La Sponda, where Bougainvillea vines and twinkle lights dance above your head. Really, it’s an experience best shared with the love of your life, although Kenza, Brenda, and I were quite cozy at our table for three. It’s Italy after all, what’s not to love?
We’d like to thank our trusted Italy onsite, IC Bellagio, for shepherding us around the boot – on foot and on wheels, in town and in country.
Caroline Travels the World…And So Can You.