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A guide to the Amalfi Coast

Located south of Naples, the Amalfi Coast – a small but strikingly beautiful stretch of coastline nominated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO – is my home. I was born in the small village of Minori and spent the first 18 years or so of my life here where the sea was my paddling pool, the mountains my backyard and the village my playground.

I try to return home as much as I can and love to take my family there for holidays, showing them all the places I used to go to and things I did. One of the first things I do when I arrive, at whatever time of year, is dip my feet into the sea, then enjoy a nice espresso at Gambardella, a family-run café and pasticcieria serving delicious local cakes and biscuits.

I still have family living on the Amalfi Coast; my sister, Carmelina, lives in Minori and I have cousins in neighbouring Maiori. Carmelina is a wonderful cook and when I’m there she insists on cooking for me every day. Sunday lunch is always a treat when all the family comes round to enjoy her specialities.

Exploring the coast

For some reason, when I’m on the Amalfi Coast, I love to walk – it’s probably the pure sea air and good healthy food which make me feel more energetic. I remember on one particular holiday with Liz and the girls, we would walk from Minori to Maiori and back again on a daily basis to visit family and friends.


I also love the walk from the picturesque hilltop village of Ravello, down to Minori, through lemon groves, ancient stone walls, popping into tiny chapels and the impressive church built under a cave of St Cosima & Damiano – and of course admiring the stunning sea view. We did this when the girls were quite small and it took us all afternoon but it was well worth it.

I also love the walk from the picturesque hilltop village of Ravello, down to Minori, through lemon groves, ancient stone walls, popping into tiny chapels and the impressive church built under a cave of St Cosima & Damiano – and of course admiring the stunning sea view. We did this when the girls were quite small and it took us all afternoon but it was well worth it.

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I also love the walk from the picturesque hilltop village of Ravello, down to Minori, through lemon groves, ancient stone walls, popping into tiny chapels and the impressive church built under a cave of St Cosima & Damiano – and of course admiring the stunning sea view. We did this when the girls were quite small and it took us all afternoon but it was well worth it.

Sun, sea and delicious cuisine

Further along the coast, there is the internationally renowned chic resort of Positano, which Liz loves and where we have stayed a few times. The quaint narrow back streets, lined with bougainvillea-clad villas, are a joy to get lost in and explore the fashionable boutiques and cafés. A visit to my friend, Valentino’s, limoncello factory (Il Gusto della Costa) in nearby Praiano is a delight. A warm welcome is guaranteed and you can buy his excellent lemon liqueur and sweet locally-grown orange jam.


I also love the walk from the picturesque hilltop village of Ravello, down to Minori, through lemon groves, ancient stone walls, popping into tiny chapels and the impressive church built under a cave of St Cosima & Damiano – and of course admiring the stunning sea view. We did this when the girls were quite small and it took us all afternoon but it was well worth it.

Feasts and festivities

Each summer, the Amalfi Coast becomes alive with feasts, festivals and religious celebrations. In my home village of Minori, the Feast of St Trofimena, our patron saint, is celebrated on 13 July. It is just as exciting now as it was when I was a local boy. The statue of the saint is paraded through the streets, bands play music, firework displays over the sea and of course lots of food and drink to be enjoyed.


I also love the walk from the picturesque hilltop village of Ravello, down to Minori, through lemon groves, ancient stone walls, popping into tiny chapels and the impressive church built under a cave of St Cosima & Damiano – and of course admiring the stunning sea view. We did this when the girls were quite small and it took us all afternoon but it was well worth it.

I also love the walk from the picturesque hilltop village of Ravello, down to Minori, through lemon groves, ancient stone walls, popping into tiny chapels and the impressive church built under a cave of St Cosima & Damiano – and of course admiring the stunning sea view. We did this when the girls were quite small and it took us all afternoon but it was well worth it.

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