I fell for Procida as soon as I saw the view from the Terra Murata. A tangle of houses painted in pink, yellow, blue and green tumbled towards Marina Corricella, the sun setting behind it and lighting up the sky in a blaze of orange and pink. Small fishing boats were dotted in the water—the fishermen use the lavishly bright buildings to find their way home.
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most stunning parts of Italy, but also one of the most crowded and expensive. We decided to find out if it’s possible to experience a quieter side of the dramatic coast without spending a fortune.
We flew from London to Rome and it wasn’t an enjoyable experience. It’s difficult to resist the lure of incredibly low prices on budget airlines but somehow we always forget how unpleasant it is: the long drive to the inconveniently located Stansted airport; the hassle of security; removing liquids, laptops and shoes; endless queues and waits in crowded hallways to board the plane, and then the cramped flight itself.
We spent a week sailing Italy’s dramatic Amalfi Coast past colourful fishing villages, craggy limestone cliffs, and terraces of lemons, olives, and grapes growing on the precipitous mountainside. A week relaxing on our luxurious yacht enjoying the scenery would have been more than enough but our trip had a theme—tasting some of the region’s best wines.