With an infamous terrain of quaint villages, precipitous cliffs, sorbet sunsets and dramatic coastlines, the Amalfi Coast is a place to be marvelled. Tracing the southern edge of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula, we collect summer anecdotes from the seaside settlements of Sorrento, Positano, Capri and Praiano.
The beautiful promenades are animated by colour, texture, scent and music. Restaurants fill the streets with fresh basil and tomatoes, boutiques sell the finest linen garments and bespoke leather bags, and independent ateliers specialise in hand-painted ceramics and terracotta pots.
With Mediterranean mannerisms and feverish linguistics, the Italians are people of passion. Though life here is simple, there is a sweet splendour to their muted, pastel abodes, authentic cuisine and gregarious hospitality. Everyone is family. Romantics love unabashedly and publicly, fuelled by adrenaline on red Vespas and siestas under beach umbrellas.
Time in Italy is best spent unhurried; preferably dining alfresco with limoncello spritz and Catalonian wine as evening companions. For the hours of daylight, we kayak into the secluded shores of Fiordo di Furore, take a boat trip to Faraglioni - Capri's great oceanic rocks - snorkel in the azure tides of Praino and indulge in creamy gelato on rustic, terraced rooftops.
Between the lemon groves and fishermen's docks, the espressos in the piazza, I have stumbled upon la dolce vita. And let's suppose maybe, just maybe, in ten years when we close our eyes and reminisce a little, we'll return to this delicious moment of the sea in our hair, sun on our skin and spaghetti on our lips.