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84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
In its ten miles from Positano to Amalfi, the celebrated corniche road known as the Amalfi Coast Drive clings to rugged cliffsides, weaving torturously in and out and up and down gorges, through lemon groves and olives, past whitewashed villages...
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Via Tagliata 63, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
The day my boyfriend and I arrived in Positano, Italy, we headed up to the tiny village of Nocella to start our trek on the Path of Gods, which winds along the moutain's edge. This was one of our first views stepping outside of Nocella onto the...
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84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
Savor the wind in your face, as it whips the wildflowers and the tall grass on the mountainside, high above the town of Praiano. The hike called Sentiero degli Dei, or The God's Pathway, runs from Bomerano via Nocelle down to Positano. The hike...
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Via Amerigo Vespucci, 25, 80061 Massa Lubrense NA, Italy
From the fresh figs brought to the table immediately on our arrival to the al fresco oceanfront setting, everything about our late lunch at La Conca del Sogno was memorable. Did I mention you have to arrive here via boat? The pasta pomodoro, the...
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Traversa Punta Capo, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy
About 2 km outside of the town center of Sorrento, Italy is a natural pool set behind the bluffs that characterize the Amalfi coast. You can only reach it on foot (or Vespa) by turning right off of Via Capo at the sign on a red building that...
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80067 Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Olive oil is the life blood of Italy as if it flows through the rivers and roads throughout the entire country. If you get the chance, stop by an olive oil factory and see how it's done. During pressing season each fall, barrels filled with...
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Via Marina Grande, 76, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy
A Fishermen's Cooperative runs this operation on Sorrento's Marina Grande, serving up simple and delicious preparations of what they caught that day. It was a magical, starry night--sitting at an outside table just steps from the sea, being served...
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Via Pantaleone Comite, 3, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
Open during the spring and summer months, the restaurant Eolo (the Greek God of wind) is ideally situated overlooking the town of Amalfi and the coast. Seafood dishes and light white wine from the Campania region are perfect fare for a warm night....
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80045 Pompeii, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
We were offered the chance to visit Pompeii or Herculaneum when we docked at Sorrento. People rave about Pompeii because it's absolutely huge and gives you a great sense of just how sophisticated Roman civilisation was. Herculaneum, by contrast,...
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80079 Procida, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Just off the coast of Naples, Procida is an unpolished gem. It is the opposite of Capri or Positano; few tourists go there, and the island doesn't cater to them. I had far too little time to see it; just enough to get the impression that it's a...
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Via Piscina Mirabile, 27, 80070 Bacoli NA, Italy
This freshwater cistern is a marvel of Roman engineering. The cavernous place was carved entirely out of the tuff rock cliff. It was made famous in the book Pompeii by Robert Harris. The water from this Augustan-era cistern supplied the Roman...
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Via Traiano, 82100 Benevento BN, Italy
Built between 114 and 117, Benevento's Arch of Trajan has endured for centuries. Interesting depictions of Roman deities and Trajan's military conquests are carved into Parian marble which covers the limestone structure. The city of Benevento is...
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1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561, USA
A historic New York state resort, Mohonk Mountain House first opened in 1869 in the Hudson Valley, about 90 miles from New York City. This Victorian castle has welcomed five U.S. presidents (including Bill Clinton) in addition to countless...
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47900 California 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
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Described by devotees as the most luxurious, one-of-a-kind lodging experience in all of California, the Post Ranch Inn was purpose-built to blend in with the Santa Lucia Mountains. Opened in 1992, and designed by famed Big Sur architect Mickey...