It’s worth the hike in Positano
As we climbed the 200 steps to B&B Mamma Rosa, a quaint family-run bed and breakfast in Montepertuso, we began to question our accommodation choice. With no way up to the property but through some thigh-burning climbing we wondered how we’d do this each day.
The father, well into middle age, didn’t seem to notice – grabbing our suitcases and without a second thought he easily hopped up the stairs.
When we got to the top and looked out from our room, one of just two, we realized why this place was such a popular choice. To this day when I think about rooms with a view, out of all the places I’ve stayed it’s this one that stands out the most. Sprawled out before us was the Amalfi Coast with its traditional Italian building terraced into the hillside and the Tyrrhenian Sea beyond. From our perch we could experience its full grandeur.
Our B&B was just above Positano, a small Italian resort town that swells with holiday-goers over the summer months. This is not the kind of place you go to see the sights and check a list of things to do. Instead it’s the opposite. It invites you to slow down a little, to have leisurely lunches, relax at the beach and take long afternoon naps – waking just in time to eat more. For travellers who want to walk off all the indulgences of wine and food there are also a number of hiking trails around the arduous hillsides.
However we chose to stay mainly at the beach during our visit. Although the rocky shoreline doesn’t compare to the white sand beaches of Thailand the place is an ideal perch to take a break and enjoy the sun. In the height of holiday season the shore is packed with boats and people so it’s best to arrive early if you want to have your choice of where to lay your towel.
At night we returned to our B&B where we were served (for an additional fee) a multi-course, home-cooked Italian meal on our private balcony. The dishes were made with ingredients plucked fresh from their garden, thoughtfully prepared and accompanied by some homemade wine also made on site.
Although we were tourists both the pace of the visit and the chance to eat home-cooked food made us feel like we got a little slice of authentic Italy during our brief trip to the sea.