AMALFI COAST

IACOPO TADDEO

48 HRS INSIDER GUIDE

 

Dreaming about escaping to the Amalfi coast for the weekend? Let creative director and architecture guru Iacopo Taddeo lead the way. Check out how to eat, sleep, and stay like a true local.  

 

 

EAT

 

DA ARMANDINO
traditional - secret spot - seafood
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Simple and traditional cuisine tucked in the lovely “La Praia” small fisherman bay. The menu is mostly made up of seafood and pasta dishes at very reasonable prices. 

 

IL PIRATA
view - outdoor-seating - sunset
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Amazing position on the coast edge, the restaurant is just a short walk from “La Praia”. The menu offers a wide range of traditional Italian food and an extensive cocktail list. Come before sun-down to enjoy the fabulous views!

 

DA ADOLFO
secret spot - outdoor-seating - romantic
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An authentic beach restaurant with simple and local food. Once you arrive there by boat, rent a beach chair and enjoy the sun and sand between bites. Tip: make sure you have a reservation!

 

LO SCOGLI DA TOMMASO
Seafood - view - traditional
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Don’t be fooled, this is not just any beach restaurant: they take their food very seriously! Located on the beach of Nerano, they are best known for their seafood and pasta dishes, made with the freshest ingredients.

 

DA EMILIA
Family-owned - outdoor seating - traditional

A cozy atmosphere with a wonderful view of the Bay of Naples. The menu includes an array of seafood dishes and the quality is fantastic for the price. 

DRINK

FRANCO’S BAR
sunset - traditional - outdoor seating
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Not your average seaside bar. The menu pays homage to classic drinks like bellini, prosecco, and dry martinis with a stylish twist. 
  
COKU COCKTAIL BAR  
views - cuisine - hotel bar
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For the sunset chasers: this place is located just a few minutes from Sorrento town center. Come for a drink on the terrace and stay past sundown for the Mediterranean-Asian fusion cuisine. 
 
RELAIS BLU  
minimalist - modern - views
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The all-white décor allows you to sip in tranquility with a breathtaking panorama. 
 
MARISA CUOMO WINERY
wine lover - rustic - culture
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Book a guided tour and sample the flavors of the land, all in a glass…or two. 
 
SHOP
  
TRE DENARI
stylish - menswear - handmade
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Rows of colourful moccasins, slippers, and loafers, all made by hand. 
 
EMPORIO LE SIRENUSE
concept store - fashion - hip
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A concept store selling a wide selection of local and international independent designer items.  
 
CERAMICA SOLIMENE
traditional - handmade - art
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An array of colorful hand-made ceramics using traditional methods.  
 
LA BOTTEGA DI BRUNELLA
womenswear - fashion - trendy
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Women’s linen apparel. Feels like a local in traditional Positano style!
 
EXPERIENCE
 
SENTIERO DEGLI DEI
nature - casual - adventure
Free 
Referred to as “The Path of the Gods”, its nickname is a clue to its spectacular scenery. The walking route runs slightly downhill with stunning views of the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri.  
  
TALL SHIP VERA
culture - historical - unusual  
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There’s no better way to experience the Amalfi Coast than by sea! Take a tour of the ship or opt to rent a boat for the day just outside the Grand Hotel Cucomella
  
IERANTO BAY  
nature - secret spot - unusual  
Free 
The protected marine area is a paradise for nature lovers and those looking to venture off the beaten path.  
 
VILLA RUFULO GARDENS
garden - elegant - historical  
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Well cared for gardens artfully laid out and full of colour. The grounds and Villa are open all-year round!  
 
STAY
 
GRAND HOTEL COCUMELLA
unusual - luxury - traditional
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This luxury stay is set in a flower garden on the edge of a cliff that overlooks the Bay of Naples. The rooms have old-world charm with modern finishes. Choose from three restaurants, each using ingredients from the hotel’s organic vegetable garden—and don’t skip out on breakfast on the terrace!  
 
CA’ PA’
nature - weekend getaway - secret spot
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A stay here is a boutique experience with 5-star amenities. Escape the crowds and enjoy the views of the Amalfi Coast either from your room or from the garden. This is a place where you will be left alone but still feel well-cared for. 
 
TORRE SPONDA

unusual - aparthotel - family
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Spacious apartments located in one of the ancient defensive watchtowers that dot the Italian coast. The rooms are charming and nicely refurbished— they are all unique and full of personality! Cool off with a dip in the pool or walk a few steps down to the beach. 
  
LA FENICE B&B
family-run - beachfront - casual  
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 A family-run bed and breakfast with fantastic service. The hotel features a private beach and rooms with multiple bedrooms. Breakfast each morning includes an array of fresh fruits, breads, and eggs from the chickens on the property. 
 
RELIAS REGINA GIOVANNA  
rustic - unusual - secret spot
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Located in the middle of a working olive and lemon farm, this boutique hotel is a great spot for a quiet getaway. Take a step away from Sorrento’s many tourists and take advantage of the private beach and beach club.

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