No mode of transport is more evocative of La Dolce Vita than the Vespa. Conjuring up carefree, sun-filled days, the iconic scooter is also adept at reaching out-of-the-way places.
PERCHED ON A CLIFF overlooking Ravello, Belmond Hotel Caruso is an ideal starting place for an adventure across the Amalfi Coast. Pick up your Vespa just outside, and there’s a wealth of beautiful spots just waiting to be discovered.
Take Furore for example, a tranquil village that can be found by following the coast south. The name comes from the Latin ‘furor’, meaning to rage. It perfectly captures the image of the wild sea pounding against the shore. Glide along the narrow roads that stretch across the hillside , warmed by the sun and fanned by the sea breeze. Lose yourself in an incomparable landscape of verdant terraces, splashed with colour from red roofs, vibrant majolica pottery and bowers of lemons.
Visit Marisa Cuomo’s vineyards, 500m above sea level. You’ll see acres of plump grapes sunbathing against the rock walls and nursed by the wind from the ocean. Meet Marisa herself, whose cellar was a wedding gift from her husband, and learn about the passion behind her acclaimed Costa d’Amalfi DOC wines.
Afterwards you may wish to continue your ride down to Furore’s best-known attraction, its steep-sided, picturesque fjord. The small beach and emerald waters are reached across a high bridge, and down a flight of stone steps. These sands starred in the famous dolce vita film L’Amore, directed by Roberto Rossellini. At the time he was said to be embroiled in an intense affair with the lead actress, Anna Magnani. Something about this setting really does flare the passions.
Immerse yourself in a glamorous age, close your eyes and dream.