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Paradise In Amalfi
Imagine a breathtaking, romantic, relaxing place where houses and hotels cling to cliff edges hundreds of feet above the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.The fragrant vegetation is brilliantly tropical: palm trees, olive, orange and lemon groves dot gardens along the coast. The bright pink Bougainvillea climb wire fences, contrasting beautifully with the Sea.
It is paradise and it does exist, perfect for a vacation or honeymoon. The Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy is one of the most amazing places that I have ever visited, with friendly people, great seafood, and adventure.
All along the Amalfi Coast you will find pretty hotels perched on cliff edges offering spectacular views.
One beautiful hotel that my husband and I visited on our honeymoon was Hotel Onde Verde in Praiano; it had large rooms, massive balconies and amazing views of the Sea.
Our balcony had huge terra-cotta pots full of flowers, striped chairs where we spent hours relaxing watching bobbing fishing boats and the cliffs melt into the sea.
The Milano family managed the hotel and they made our stay enjoyable. The hotel had a dining room with a wall of windows and sliding glass doors that were opened letting the sea breeze in. We enjoyed many wonderful meals and no matter where we sat we had an amazing view. The dinners consisted of several Italian courses with mouth watering fresh fish, pasta and Gnocchi for my husband. In the afternoon we would often sit outside under umbrellas to have a meal or refreshing drink.
We spent our days on the beach just a short walk from the hotel. At lunch it was a short distance to several restaurants. Before we left Amalfi we visited a 500-year- old lighthouse really close to the hotel. The lighthouse was the studio for artist Paolo Sandulli. Mr. Sandulli happily showed us his artwork. He sold many different paintings and we purchased a memorable print of the view from his lighthouse to the hotel, sea and cliff edges. He even painted a tour bus in the distance going through a tunnel. As we left we saw his pet goat called, "goatee."
There are some really interesting places to visit in the Amalfi area. You can visit Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other tourist spots by rental car, or the hotel offers excursions throughout the week.
The Island of Capri can be visited in a day trip on the Positano Jet from the Hotel Onde Verde and it is worth it.
I would definitely suggest visiting Pompeii or Herculaneum; both ancient cities were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius thousands of years ago. While in Pompeii or Herculaneum you can visit the city, view surviving artifacts, colorful frescos, and even bodies preserved by ash, showing fearful last few moments of life. The vibrant colored frescos that still exists on wall and showed the wealth of some of the families.
For the nightlife you won't want to miss the Club Africana; it will probably be the most memorable nightclub that you will ever visit. My husband and I were stunned when we first saw the nightclub built inside a cliff and it is only a very short walking distance from the hotel to the Club Africana. We could not believe our eyes as we approached the club: fish were being lifted in a giant net that spanned the entire length of the lighted club. As we walked in the door spaghetti was served by a man in a rowboat at the front of the club. The inside of the club was the actual cliff edges as if we were inside of a cave. My husband and I noticed a nice boat docking outside Club Africana. As we approached the dance floor we saw large round Plexiglas circles showing an aquarium of bright coral and fish below. You might think after all the surprises we couldn't find anything more to stun us but we did. We went down two sets of stairs one on either side of the club. On the one side was a fish aquarium with bright coral. On the other side we saw stalactites and the stalagmites. The club played 80's music, but they also sometimes showed performances on stage. Many famous people including John F. Kennedy have visited, Club Africana. The unique Club Africana is fascination and impressive.
The Amalfi coast is perfect for a honeymoon
or a relaxing vacation in many of the hotels, but Hotel Onde Verde is recommended. Enjoy
the beauty of the area, swim, sunbathe, visit many of the attractions and for a lively
night visit the Club Africana:You will come back home knowing you have visited a piece of
HOTEL ONDE VERDE:
Fiona Saiter is a freelance writer and frequent
traveler from Ohio. She has had several pieces published including a movie review on
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Da: Edward Simpson
When Sartre observed that "hell is other people," he might well have been speaking of Italy's Amalfi Coast in high season. Not so for EdwardSimpson. Following in the wake of the fishermen who first settled these gorgeous shores, he takes to the Amalfi Coast and finds heaven which had once been the preserve for the ‘smart jet set’.
In 1807, Napoleon
Bonaparte's older and, let's face it, less successful brother, Giuseppe,
visited a mountainous stretch of south-facing Italian shoreline and liked it
so much that he decided to put in a road. It took fifty years to construct,
but when the route was finished, it was finally possible to reach the Amalfi
Coast without the aid of a boat. Even then, the tourists did not come. In
the 1950s, when John Steinbeck visited Positano, he found it almost free of
human traffic and didn't think there was "the slightest chance" that the
area would develop. "The cliffs are all taken," is how he put it in a story
that appeared in
Between Amalfi and Praiano juts a point of land called Capo di Conca, on
which there sits yet another ruined fort. After that through a tunnel is
Praiano and our destination.
Travelling down six floors in a lift hewn out of rock – an engineering feat if ever there was one – we were greeted by very friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The bedroom was large, with a simple but contemporary design, and boy when you opened the shuttered windows out onto the terrace with draw dropping views of Praiano, the cliffs, boats, sea… ahh finally a place to really unwind. Perfecto.
Meeting for dinner on the first night under the awning, was this the best and most romantic view known to man? Dinner every night was special, the food a fine example of Italian cooking with local produce but and there is always a but, the food on the half board menu was sadly a real let down. However once we went á la carte it was liked being dined in a Michelin star restaurant.
Miro and his family run a hidden jewel, home made Limoncello (made with fresh lemons from Miro’s own Garden), genuine warmth, perfect rooms and views you could only dream of combine to make Hotel Onda Verde truly one of the finds of the year.
In Summary Hotel Onda Verde, offers a stunning location with panoramic views, attentive and friendly staff and outstanding cuisine. Access to the beach, and boats to La Grotta Esmeraldo and La Gavitella. Day trips to Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri, Pompeii and many other points of interest arranged directly at the hotel. The SITA bus, which connects all Amalfi coast points, stops right outside the hotel entrance for the convenience of guests. http://www.hotelondaverde.it
We explored most of other towns, with great drives around the coast, lunch at Ravello – stunning views of Amalfi Town – boat trip around Capri ( a must!), shopping and great weather truly made for a great break.
The Amalfi coast has suffered over the years from bad reviews, over development, intense heat, manic driving, and flooded with tourists/tours, that it was refreshing to hear that tours are not the way forward for the Amalfi Coast to develop. Tourists come from Canada, Australia, England, Germany, France, and a few Americans (used to be the highest number of tourists).
I definitely will return, sooner rather than later, and know that the Amalfi is in good hands, being looked after by locals, to preserve the jewel of the Italian seaside destinations.
Many thanks Miro.
Praiano: Hotel Onda Verde: "Exceptionally wonderful hotel"
Reviewer: Akron, Ohio
My wife and I were on the Amalfi coast for 5 wonderful days in late August, 2007. The Hotal Onda Verde was truly a remarkable find! Host Milano and his gracious facmily provide 5-star excellence at 3-star prices! Our room overlooked the sea...we had a private balcony and a view to die for! Milano helped us by making great suggestions for our day trips. The local bus service is superb...it will get you anywhere on the coast (1 Euro per trip!) and the trips provide the most incredible views of the coast you can possibly imagine. Go see the movie "Under Tuscan Sun" and you will see exactly where you will be going and what you will be seeing during the scenes that were shot in Positano. We suggest that you avoid the tourists in the larger town and stay in Praiano at this isolated, serene, almost spiritual atmosphere of the Hotel Onda Verde. If you read the article in Frommer's about the noise at the Africana nightclub..that statement is ridiculous! There was NO noise at all and our room was closest to the club. Milano and his kitchen staff even found special gluten free pasta for me so that I could enjoy the local cuisine. Treat yourself and experience Onda Verde...it is a treasure. Dr. Samuel Gordon, Akron, OH
Hotel Onda Verde: "Wonderful location!"
Hotel Onda Verde: "The hotel Onda Verde in Praiano was great!"
Hotel Onda Verde: "Hotel Onda Verde--A real jewel"