La Dolce Vita – Positano, Italy

English: Part of Positano, Italy.

Positano, Italy

After weeks of practicing phrases on Duolingo (I can now say “the woman has the fork and the garlic” or maybe it’s “the woman has the fork in the garlic,”)  I am off to Positano to eat lemons and cook with friends.  John Steinbeck described Positano  in a 1953 issue of Harper’s Bazaar:

“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you are gone.”

Stephanie Rosenbloom in her New York Times article – What A Great Trip and I’m Not Even There Yet – noted that preparing for the adventure can be just as satisfying as the trip itself, and it has been – from trying to remember my Italian grandmother’s phrasing as she admonished me to “mangia il pane e beve il latte” -to climbing stairs in anticipation of Positano’s many steps – a natural stairmaster to work off all that pasta I plan to eat. Not sure how much reading I will do as I sip the limonata, but I am taking with me:

  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • The Elephant’s Journey by Jose Saramago
  • The House in Amalfi by Elizabeth Adler
  • Walking on the Amalfi Coast by Gillian Price
  • and another Donna Leon mystery


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5 thoughts on “La Dolce Vita – Positano, Italy

  1. I am so jealous you’re off to Positano! I’ve been dying to go there ever since I saw Only You! Have fun and take lots of photos for the blog so we can live vicariously through your travels! 🙂

  2. Rosamaria! Tu sei molta afortunata! Anche io voglio andare a Positano ancora. Benn ed io abbiamo passato una settimana en Positano dieci anni fa e era bellissima! I wish we could go along with you. Have a wonderful time and PER FAVORE send a bunch of photos back to all of us. I’m reading a good mystery right now by Christobel Kent that is set in Flirenze called “A Darkness Descending: A Mystery in Florence.” I highly recommend it to all.

    Judy Okawa

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