Beth Eats Italy Part VI: A Little Taste of Positano

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Positano, Italy was one of the most romantic places I’d ever been, so its a shame that my boyfriend Joe wasn’t there with me. After spending a few days exploring it’s narrow, hilly streets, soaking in the sun and of course eating my way around town on my own, I can safely say that he and I will plan to be there together sometime soon. As I write this months later, I can still close my eyes and feel the breeze on my skin and recall the scent of the sea air mixed with the slightest hint of lemon. I can’t wait for that day to come.

I was in Positano with a group of travel agents and we were primarily there to check out hotels. There are several stand outs like La Sirenuse and Hotel Palazzo Murat that are located right in town and have a lot to offer a variety of tastes. But one that really differentiates itself from the others is Il San Pietro Di Positano. It is truly something special because it’s the only property that is a full service resort with its own private beach, sun-deck, yacht, tennis court and spa. It sits high on a cliff with a vast terrace overlooking the sea, lush gardens where they grow everything they use in their restaurants, and quiet walking paths. It is seriously idyllic and perfect for a honeymoon, destination wedding or romantic getaway.

We had the good fortune to spend two nights at the Il San Pietro and to enjoy all that it had to offer. I took the photo above from an upper level path looking down upon the beach. An elevator built into the cliff takes you to and from the sun bathing deck, dock and beach straight into the lobby and throughout the hotel’s floors. It is outside of town, so offers privacy and a peacefulness you won’t find anywhere else in Positano (with 24 hour Mercedes-Benz shuttle service to and from).

There are two restaurants at Il San Pietro that are very different from one another; the casual Carlino where you can dine al fresco overlooking the beach and where they hold intimate cooking classes in their fabulous, state-of-the-art kitchen. And their formal dining, one Michelin star restaurant called Il San Pietro is extremely romantic with floor to ceiling windows and an outdoor space that shows off their beautiful views.

My favorite meals at the San Pietro were at Carlino’s where we enjoyed ‘light’ lunches that included marinated anchovies (my time in Italy converted me into a fan!), grilled eggplant (aubergine here) and zucchini, tomato and hand-made mozzarella cheese along with one of my favorite dishes of all time, steamed mussels and clams in white wine broth with garlic and crusty bread. The anchovies were an eye opener and the more time I spent in Italy, the more I realized how wrong I’ve been about these tiny little, misunderstood sea creatures. That’s me with the hairband in the back with my colleagues enjoying Carlino in the picture above.

Dinner at Il San Pietro was lovely too. Suffice it to say, the chef does wonders with a chicken breast (those are black truffles sitting on the chicken below!), potatoes (those perfectly round things pictured below) and spinach (with giant capers, garlic and olive oil). Believe it or not, this was my attempt at a light dinner!

The service at Il San Pietro in both the restaurants and the hotel is personal and impeccable. And the accommodations are very traditionally italian right down to the beautifully tiled floors. Each room is completely unique unto itself, and all have terraces with unforgettable views.

I loved my time at the Il San Pietro for many reasons and sincerely thank their gracious owners, the Cinque family, for creating such an amazingly perfect home away from home for all of their guests.

Saying arrivederci to Positano made me sad, but my next stop was Rome, where I got to fulfill another lifelong dream!

I had so much fun eating my way through the Amalfi Coast, but only skimmed the surface of all of the wonderful places to see, stay and eat so I can’t wait to return! Italy is proving to be an endless adventure in all things romantic & culinary and it’s reputation for fantastic hospitality and kindness is absolutely spot on.

Onto “The City of Fountains”!

Ciao for now!

Beth Friedman
Your Journey By Beth

If you’re interested in traveling to Positano or the Amalfi Coast (or anywhere else for that matter!), it’s my job make it happen for you! I can be reached at:

journeybybeth@yahoo.com
beth@elitetravelinternational.com
yourjourneybybeth.wordpress.com

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10 responses to “Beth Eats Italy Part VI: A Little Taste of Positano

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  2. Beth,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences while in Positano! This is definitely on my short list of places I must visit soon. I can imagine being there with your detailed description. The views are spectacular and the culinary adventure is just as exciting. I hope you get back there soon, hopefully with Joe! It is a place for romance! Thanks again.

    Jessica Dempsey

    http://jdtravelblog.blogspot.com/

  3. Beth you description of Il San Pietro sounds perfect for a really authentic Italian experience. I look forward to visiting and sampling there wonderful food.
    Janet Nelson

    http://turkeycustomtravel.wordpress.com

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a Great blog!!!

  5. I’m so looking forward to my extended trip around Italy beginning at the end of February with the carnival in Venice.Every bit of info I get helps.

  6. Hi Beth,

    Your blog posts on Italy are really well done. Your descriptions are so vivid and you made me hungry with your wonderful food photos! Thanks for sharing,
    Tamyra Nash
    My Savvy Vacation
    @SavvyAdventurer

    http://reallyawesomevacations.com

  7. Jim D

    Beth,
    Your experience in Positano and the The Amalfi Coast matches up with my parents unforgettable visits there some time ago. As for me…just returned from 9 days in Tuscany with Montecatini Terme as a base camp.
    You have inspired the urge to return soon and enjoy The Amalfi Coast. What other parts of Bella Italia can you help with? I hope to bring my family ( 3 grown children and grandson at some future time.
    Grazie Mille,
    Giacomo

    PS – How do you say Beth in Italian ? Short for Elizabeth?

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