\\ CHECKING-IN AT THE J.K PLACE ROMA //
If your itinerary has you arriving in and out of Rome - be sure to take advantage of this and build in a one night stay. For quintessential but contemporary Roman lodging, look no further than the new J.K Place Roma. On the ‘must’ list of every jetsetter from Buzios to Bali this luxury hotel packs a pretty heavy punch. Similar to their properties in Capri and Florence, the intimate decor and personalized service are what really set this boutique property apart. With 30 rooms, the hotel is small but mightily chic! Arriving on a red eye and too early for check-in? No problem, they will escort you to a Carrera marble filled private spa bathroom with shower, robe, slippers and fresh fluffy towels to refresh if your room is not yet ready. No need for a formal check-in either, they’ve been expecting you, so have a seat in their library or living room while the handsome Italian bartender prepares a welcome cocktail for you.
\\ A D V E N T U R E S I N R O M A // AN AFTERNOON IN CENTRO STORICO
Lunch: If you have come to Rome to do some shopping damage, you will quickly find yourself in Centro Storico. After working up your appetite at all the luxury boutiques, take a time-out and dine-out at Ginger Sapori e Salute. Their menu is full of beautiful charcuterie from around the country (and beyond), great wines by the glass or bottle and fresh pressed juices and smoothies.
Treat: Look no further than Ciampini for the perfect piazza patio moment. Order a granita while you’re at it. We loved the lemon and wild strawberry.
Shop: Santa Maria Novella for elegant and timeless souvenirs like their co-ed fragrances, personal care, beauty and home products.
Thanks to Montana Labelle for the great tips on how to take our nursery from baby to big-boy.
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Lunch at Da Adolfo is a must. Meet their infamous boat at the main dock in town (you’ll recognize it by the red wooden fish atop it’s mass) and hop aboard for the short ride to a hidden cove and private rocky beach just outside of town where the very casual beach bar/resto can be found. Flip flops and comfortable white’s are de rigeur for guests, while the laid back waiters sling food and drink in what appear to be their sweaty football kits. Kick back with an Aperol Spritz and a bounty of fresh pasta and seafood dishes for a lovely and lively proper multi-hour Italian lunch.
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Caffè: Bar Buca di Bacco for people watching and an espresso high. Grab a table under the awning with a view of the rocky beach or order from the bar like a local and sip your cappuccino from a hightop next to the main stairway and watch the Dolce Vita unfold before you.
Aperitif: Le Sirenuse for epic views, ambiance and some fancy people watching.
Shop: Be sure to stop by Lo Scrigno di Brunella to pick up locally made linen for him, her and any bambinos in your life. The quality and craftsmanship are exceptional and the styles are unique, fashion forward and locally produced. Via Mulini 24-26 (00 39 089 812 3502)
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When in Ravello, be sure to take in an outdoor concert as part of the Ravello Festival. Ravello is known as the town of music and fittingly, the village welcomes many big and small name musicians throughout the season on a stage jetting out over the sea, no less. If you’re travel plans align, a concert is a MUST!
\\ PRANZO AT HOTEL CARUSO’S BELVEDERE BAR // RAVELLO
Lunching is an artform at Hotel Caruso’s Belvedere Bar. Treat yourself to a view and a divine meal. Don’t let the name mislead you, the comprehensive menu is full of fresh takes on traditional southern Italian cuisine with a focus on beautiful seafood - much more than snacks, we’re talking about a proper Italian lunch - long, wine-soaked and multi-coursed. Be sure to start the meal with a Bellini - the best you’ll have the pleasure of enjoying on the Amalfi coast.
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Stay: Villa Serena. One of the many exceptional properties in the Inspirato collection: a travel club offering its members the best in private villas/estates and service to make any destination feel like a (luxury) home away from home. In our case, this particular abode was high atop a precarious hill outside Sorrento, with views of the Mediterranean from every room. The surprisingly sprawling grounds (given the steep lots) were as lovely as can be with an inviting swimming pool one tier down, surrounded by jasmine, crawling ivy and olive trees. It was hard to find an excuse not to relax given that our every whim had been looked after (a stocked fridge on arrival, local wine and ripe fruit for the taking, travel arrangements and day trips looked after by the villa concierge, beds made daily by the lovely Theresa)…..now what? Oh right, time to enjoy this holiday.
Treat: obviously gelato becomes a daily staple when in Italy, but Primavera doesn’t make just ANY gelato. Warning, there will be a line-up, and you will wait in it (without complaining) because the minute you taste one of their 30 plus flavors there will be no looking back.
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If you arrive as we did, via Rome to Naples, before you hit those cliff-hugging roads down the coast to the Amalfi region, you’ll want to fortify. Head directly to Pizzeria Pellone - 93 Via Nazionale. Order any pizza on that menu that suits your fancy. You can thank us later.
\\ A D V E N T U R E S W I T H O U T A T T I C U S // AMALFI COAST
My insiders guide to the Amalfi Coast, Italy is now live on The Tig. An eating, drinking, dining guide to a stretch of Italian coast that has long been immortalized in many films and literature. Check it out here.
\\ A D V E N T U R E S I N C A P R I // APERITIVO HOUR
When the sun sets over Capri, the islanders take to the Piazetta for aperitivo’s and a healthy dose of people watching. So when in Rome……or Capri….we had to join in the fun.
We snagged a front row table at Al Piccolo Bar where we had a perfect view of the parade of well-dressed (and questionably dressed) folks on their way out to drinks and dinner.
\\ C O O L S T U F F // THE STORY BEHIND A FELT BALL RUG
It takes a great deal of work, patience and dedication to produce each of these beautiful rugs. They are handmade by Nepalese women who work in small shops and receive a fair wage for their work. For many of the women, especially those who have young children, flexibility in work is essential. For them it is also possible to work from home.
The video presents all materials that are required for making the rugs, including non-toxic colorants and high-quality New Zealand wool.
We love how this video celebrates the artistry of the Felt Ball Rug.
\\ A D V E N T U R E S I N C A P R I // SHOP
100% Capri is a perfect little boutique tucked into a tiny, romantic alley off the main Piazetta. Go here for breezy linen caftans, sheets, homewares and chic designer pieces that will take you from dinner in St Barth’s to dancing in St Tropez. Oh, and if you happen to be there in season and have the great fortune (as we did) of meeting the founder of this chain of exclusive shops, be sure to introduce yourself and accept his offer of a Bellini!
\\ ADVENTURES IN CAPRI // LUNCHING & SUNNING AT DA LUIGI AI FARAGLIONI
A quintessential Capri afternoon is to be spent at one of the many bathing establishments on the island. Our beach club of choice happens to date back to the ever-so-glamorous 1930’s, when Capri started attracting stars of the cinema, models, jetsetters and business magnates alike.
Be sure to set aside a few hours (at least) to enjoy a light seafood lunch, then make like Liz (Taylor) and rent some towels and chaises so you can worship that Italian sun and swim in Capri’s turquoise waters right off their rock-cliff docks.
\\ A D V E N T U R E S W I T H O U T A T T I C U S // A DAY IN CAPRI
A little photo diary of an amazing day in Capri organized by our Inspirato hosts. A beautiful gleaming wooden boat picked us up at a small marina outside of Sorrento and off we went to check out the beautiful turquoise grotto’s and rock formations around the Isola di Capri. We lunched, we sunned, we shopped, we snacked and we aperitivo’d. All my recos in posts to follow……