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My Route du Bonheur

Between the Golf of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

Ernesto & Alfonso Iaccarino
By Ernesto & Alfonso Iaccarino, Owner and Chef of Don Alfonso 1890

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"Can beauty be told? You could try perhaps… but you have to see beauty with your own eyes, contemplate it with your own soul. Our spirit, which needs beauty to develop and become calm again , opens up to beauty by contemplating harmony. Our land: the Sorrento peninsula– the beauty of which can be contemplated from the gently sloping hillside facing the Golf of Naples, interspersed with Olive trees, or from the one overlooking the Amalfi Coast with its breathtaking cliffs and lemon-tree-surrounded little houses– offers boundless harmony. Apart from the two hillsides, there also are the Golf's islands of Capri, Ischia, Procida, and the majestic but never-tamed Mount Vesuvius, which seems to recall the hands of the merciful Father from Rembrandt's painting, at the same time generous and loving in the gift of wealth, but equally strong and full of raw energy. That's how we see being in a land whose magic you can fully enjoy just by looking at it with your own eyes. Points of reflection can abound; the deep marks of history, the dreams of people who lived through history and are living through it are laid out before the eyes of this land which is experiencing it and before those of visitors who come to admire it. Our hope is that everyone, sooner or later, gets the chance to enjoy the beauty around us."
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.


1 Positano — 1 Night
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Il San Pietro di Positano

Positano - Italy

Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. This hotel is the dream child of Carlino Cinque, who was passionately in love with this place and commissioned a villa on a promontory with breathtaking views of Praiano, Positano, the coast and the rocks of Capri. In the course of time, this dream grew, as did the hotel. Its many rooms have each a private terrace and a wonderful sea view. The interior details include fine terracotta floors with ceramic decoration and doors adorned with frescoes. An elevator built into the rocks leads down to a private beach and to the Carlino restaurant. The spa and tennis court between the cliffs are also not to be missed. ... Learn moreless

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A sight of the gods

A sight of the gods

This is undoubtedly the most spectacular (and most renowned) of the entire Amalfi Coast. Departure is from Praiano or Agerola, arriving in Nocelle di Positano in about 3 hours during which you enjoy splendid views along the Coast right up to Faraglioni di Capri. To fully understand the name Paths of God that was given to it, you need to cover the whole route, with cliffs alternating with high, winding limestone walls in a stunning pastoral landscape.

Amalfi

Amalfi

Amalfi is often depicted in the Grand Tour's gouache illustrations. Traces of its past as a maritime power continues to be strongly suggestive. The Arsenal of the Republic (used as a museum and exhibition space) or the impressive Cathedral with the Chiostro del Paradiso (Cloisters of Paradise) annex makes it a must-see. I suggest a stop at the Pasticceria Pansa, which is among the Historic sites in Italy where it is mandatory to sample the"Delizia al Limone" which contains the entire citrus fragrance, the Coast's pride.

Ravello

Ravello

Ravello, located a few kilometres off, is a small cultured town renowned for the exquisite beauty of its monuments. They include the Duomo with its museum, Villa Rufolo at the heart of the historic centre where the Ravello Festival concerts are held, and the more important Villa Cimbrone with the very famous Terrazza dell’Infinito.

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Gabriele creamery, Vico Equense

Gabriele creamery, Vico Equense

On your way to Positano, I suggest you take a gourmet break at the Gabriele Creamery in downtown Vico Equense. The reputation of the famous Monte Faito strawberry ice cream or its home-made ice creams have long crossed the country's border. A stone's throw away is La Tradizione, a perfect place to stock up on traditional products of the Region of Campania while sampling home-made cheese and cooked meats.

Visit to Pompei

Visit to Pompei

If you can stopover for at least two hours, we strongly recommend you visit the Pompeii Ruins, ranked by Travel and Leisure as one of the top 20 most-visited archaeological sites in the world. The Pompeii Ruins are an essential phase on the Grand Tour route. They were discovered recently and offer a yet powerful image of everyday life under the 1st century Roman Empire with surprisingly vivid details. 

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2 S. Agata Sui Due Golfi — 1 Night
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Don Alfonso 1890

S. Agata Sui Due Golfi - Italy

Restaurant and hotel in a village. On the stunning headland where the gulf of Naples meets the gulf of Salerno, Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino create dishes that reflect his love for this slice of Italy dotted with lemon groves, vineyards and olive trees. Using fresh produce from his own farm, Le Peracciole, Iaccarino creates simple Mediterranean marvels, such as swordfish with chickpeas and thyme, goatfish with rosemary and cucumber, and pasta with clams and courgettes. His wife and two sons give a family touch to the ambience and the combination of exceptional produce, warm hospitality and Iaccarino’s skills make the difference. ... Learn moreless

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La Costa del Mito

La Costa del Mito

Discover the Costa del Mito as you retrace ancient history between the Bay of Leranto, Mount San Costanzo and the Deserto di Sant’Agata sui due Golfi. If you visit the area guided by a map of pathways discovered in recent years, it is possible to get to the following sites by crossing a protected zone in a splendid bay found in the marine park: Cale de Mitigliano, the Bay of Leranto, Punta Campanella, Marina del Cantone and the Crapolla Cove. It is also possible get to these sites by sea, enjoying all the scenic spots during the trip along the coast relying on our seamen's experience and knowledge.

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3 Sorrento (NA) — 1 Night
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Bellevue Syrene 1820

Sorrento (NA) - Italy

Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. There is an eternal, timeless beauty to the Gulf of Naples, with its jagged coast and deep-blue sea, and the Vesuvius rising in the background. In the most picturesque corner of Sorrento, the Bellevue Syrene was opened in 1820, having been originally designed in 1750 as a private residence built on the foundations of a Roman villa. The location, decor, comfort and sense of history at this hotel make it an extraordinary place. The fishponds full of water lilies evoke the Roman times, while frescos painted as a tribute to famous guests adorn the walls. The recent refurbishment of the hotel has balanced respect for the glorious past with contemporary comfort. ... Learn moreless

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The wonders of marquetry

The wonders of marquetry

Serrento marquetry production reached it peak in the 19th century, but its origins date from the 14th century. Since then, marquetry has evolved into inlay woodwork, a genuine artistic form consisting in producing landscapes and portraits using very thin sheets of wood of different colours, which alternate with thin layers of other materials such as ivory and nacre. These can be found in many shops, but to have a real picture of the art, I suggest you visit the Correale de Terranova museum, located in a quiet area close to shopping streets. It is a noble structure, which, apart from marvellous collections, has a magnificent garden and a terrace with a unique panoramic view of the Golf.  

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Caesar Augustus

Island of Capri - Italy

Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. The hotel, perched on a cliff over the sea in a breathtaking position in Capri, offers from everywhere one of the most beautiful views in the world. Once a summer house of a Russian Prince, it is now a boutique hotel with an exquisite décor much loved by King Farouk of Egypt who was booking his suite for the year. Here you can enjoy the stunning infinity pool overlooking the Bay of Naples, the flavours of the restaurant with one of the best views on the island, the piano on the terrace at sunset and the wonderful gardens. Feel welcome to the land of aesthetes and start discovering the blue legend of Capri! ... Learn moreless

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Swedish taste for the Mediterranean

Swedish taste for the Mediterranean

The Blue Island has many sumptuous residences, but the hermitage of the physician and writer Alex Munthe, known as Villa San Miche, is certainly the most fascinating. In the meantime, the route from piazzetta di Anacapri (before The Via Capodimonte and after The Via Axel Munthe is dotted with typical stores (among which I suggest a stop at the Limoncello di Capri, on The Via Munthe, where limoncello di Capri, a product made from pulpy Capri lemons, is made and tasted). The town derives its name from a small chapel that in the medieval era was on top of the Phoenician Stair. The landscape, which is dominated by the Egyptian Sphinx, defies description. The 19th century charm and romantic nature of the surroundings enhance the venues appeal. This is certainly one of the phases to be included in the schedule of Capri stay.

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Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa

Casamicciola Terme - Ischia Island - Italy

Restaurant and hotel in a village. Located on the magical island of Ischia, in the village of Casamicciola, the Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa is an architectural gem built in the 19th century. This elegant and sophisticated palace, with its beautiful furnishings and decor, is where the mind and body become one to embrace the warm thermal waters of the Gurgitello Spring, well-known since antiquity for their regenerating, healing and therapeutic properties. They best combine with the fabulous qualities of organic volcanic clay for a revitalizing synthesis, the mud therapy. At all three restaurants, the chef chooses from the genuine ingredients that the Ischian sea and countryside have to offer, creating dishes that bring together the great Mediterranean tradition with new Italian culinary creativity, and will take you on a journey to discover the “emotional cuisine”. ... Learn moreless

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La Colombaia, Luchino Visconti's residence

La Colombaia, Luchino Visconti's residence

Visconti arrived in Ischia in the mid 1940s and, fascinated by the island's beauty, bought "La Colombaia", a beautiful white villa located between Lacco Ameno and Forio. It was love at first sight for the film director who restored and decorated it with great passion, giving it an interesting mark of liberty. The historic home now houses a museum and a literary café near the La Colombaia Foundation which spreads the culture of communication and entertainment as well as promoting training and specialisation in these arts. His ashes and those of his sister Uberta are preserved under a rock in the magnificent garden.

The nectar of the gods of Casa D'Ambra

The nectar of the gods of Casa D'Ambra

Wine growing in Ischia goes back thousands of years, as was evidenced by Nestor's magnificent cup (8th century) found in the San Montano necropolis in Lacco Ameno; good old wine is very popular in Ischia. The cultivation technique is related to Greek tradition, but differs from that of the Etruscans in the interior of the Region of Campania. The Andrea D’Ambra wine house considers innovation as research into tradition by rediscovering some ancestral practices and sufficiently reviewing them. A stop at his property Frassitelli to enjoy a good beer from Biancolella, as well as the unbelievable panoramic view is a must I unhesitatingly recommend.

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