Italian Pottery & Murano Glass

DSC_0448I was haunted by the Italian pottery I didn’t buy when I was in Rome a few years back. So, this summer, I was intent on finding some on our trip to the Amalfi Coast.

My travel advisor, Sandy, gave me the heads up that there was a wonderful place in Ravello, which was our first stop. I found Ceramiche Cosmolena and narrowed down my choices to 6 colorful, whimsical place settings that can all be mixed and matched.

What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with the Murano glasses used at the Belmond Caruso. Made specifially for their Ravello and Venice hotels, these glasses were each like little works of art. I took photos of my new Italian dishes (which were being shipped home) to the boutique at Belmond Caruso and narrowed down the beautiful array of colors to 2 white, 2 turquoise and 2 orange, which would complement the pottery.

The dishes arrived first – not a single one was broken – and the glasses arrived this week. There was one casualty, but it is being replaced, so I will soon have my entire collection. Perfect for our kitchen table or outside on the patio, I almost hate to cover them up with food!DSC_0449DSC_0454DSC_0467DSC_0455 DSC_0457 DSC_0461DSC_0465DSC_0464DSC_0466DSC_0468Sometimes the best reminders of an amazing experience are ones that you can incorporate into your every day!

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Italy Part 1: Ravello

IMG_3087Our recent trip to Italy took us to 3 towns along the Amalfi Coast (Ravello, Capri and Positano).  There is so much to share about each location, so I thought it best to dedicate a post to each town.

Ravello is a 12th century gem, perched high above the Mediterranean, giving you a birds eye view of the Amalfi Coast. As it was the most quiet of our 3 stops, it was the perfect place to start our journey, as we adjusted to the time change. If you are wanting a place to escape the crowds, this is your spot. Known for it’s lush gardens, architectural villas and breathtaking vistas, it is an oasis best enjoyed at a cliffside restaurant or ambling down cobblestone paths. One thing that really sticks out in my mind is the incredible fragrance of honeysuckle, apricots and lemons. They were EVERYWHERE and the air was thick with their scent. Heavenly!

We stayed at the Belmond Caruso, known for its sky level infinity pool and impeccable service. It was a dreamy hotel, which may explain why there was a wedding held there both days we were there. Next door is the equally divine Palazzo Avino, where we enjoyed their Lobster & Martini Bar.DSC_0267IMG_3091DSC_0289DSC_0268IMG_3097IMG_3105IMG_3187IMG_3188IMG_3098IMG_3080Two of the most well known gardens in Italy are Villa Ruffalo (right in town) and Villa Cimbrone (about a 15 minute walk uphill). They are worth visiting not only for the gardens, but for their stunning views.DSC_0303 DSC_0304 DSC_0294DSC_0323 DSC_0324 DSC_0318If you are visiting for the day, enjoy a marvelous lunch by the pool at the Belmond Caruso. Even the pizza was better than any I’ve ever tasted. And, they had the most delicious  & refreshing drink that was a combination of processo, soda, lemon and orange slices and fresh herbs. Ahhhh….Italian style!IMG_3156Ravello is quaint and quiet and I’m so glad I didn’t miss it! From there, we drove down to Amalfi (bustling and busy) and took a boat to Capri. More on that on Friday!

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Sneak Peek of Ravello

DSC_0267Back to reality….we arrived home late last night from our Italian adventure.

I want to gather my photos and thoughts into useful posts, which will include tips and helpful information for anyone contemplating a trip to the Amalfi Coast. In the meantime, here are a few things that caught my eye in Ravello.DSC_0272DSC_0271DSC_0283DSC_0286DSC_0318I’ll be back with much more!!

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