Holiday inspiration: Italy

If anyone is stuck for a summer holiday idea, here’s a good ‘un. I am going round and round in circles trying to work out how I can wangle a trip to chase the crazy in Azerbaijan and Georgia this summer – now that Syria is out the picture for a brief while. And I just can’t see myself persuading the boyf to come to Angola or the ‘Stans. So feeling that I may have lost the battle of the adventure we might just have to revisit the wonderful timeless Amalfi coast south of Napoli. My Mum unearthed this gem by Gio Ponti – he not only designed the hotel but the pool, the tiles, every piece of furniture. When do you get to enjoy a vision in its entirety like this? And to top it all – it’s set in a botanical garden! Can it get any better……? In fact bugger adventure, lets enjoy some retro glamour.

You won’t want to do much but Pompeii and the smallerĀ Herculaneum are both within easy reach and are moving and extraordinary at once.

Parco dei Principi, Sorrento, Amalfi coast

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