Most inns/hotels/bed and breakfasts put enhanced photos of their establishments online that look better than what you find when you actually see the place for yourself. l’Arabesco B&B, on the other hand, offers views that cannot possibly be captured in a picture. Situated in a tiny town that sits precariously, it seems, atop the beautiful southern Italian town of Amalfi, this b&b takes your breath away when you finally reach it.
It is not particularly easy to reach l’Arabesco. Best to take a driver from Naples for the gorgeous ride on the hairpin turns along the Amalfi Drive going up and up the cliffs for an hour or so and then another 10 minutes directly up from the town of Amalfi. When you reach the final stone stairway up to the 13th Century building that houses l’Arabesco and have one of the members of the Ciccone family that owns it greet you, you will finally see, from every window, the view out over Amalfi, the mountains and the Gulf of Salerno and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the distance, and you’ll want to stay here forever.
There is not a lot to do in Pogerola, l’Arabesco’s town, except to look out over God’s prettiest scenery in the firmament, but you can take a rousing half-hour hike even further up the mountainside to the Madonna dei Fuondi chapel founded in1700 and sitting here because, legend has it, workers from a nearby town who were transporting the decorative chapel bas-relief to their village could no longer carry it because it was so heavy, so they stopped here. Legend has it that this was a sign it should stay there, so they built a chapel around it and it sits proudly at the altar there today.
You can walk down to Amalfi and enjoy more seaside sights and tourist shops, but unless you’re a professional mountain climber you will probably want to take the regular buses that run up and down the coastline here back up to Pegerola, which has three good restaurants for dinner.
Breakfast, which includes at least three kinds of homemade honey and jams, is taken on the balcony which has an even better view than your bedroom. Brother and sister Linda and Raffaele Ciccone are l’Arabesco’s proprietors, with Mama Adelaide helping with breakfast. Along with Papa Giovanni, the family lives further down the hillside in the town, so you must tell them your expected time of arrival at the b&b so that they will be there to greet you.
Daily rates are a reasonable $69 to $141and they are open all year at Via Ortello 6, Amalfi, email@example.com. Telephone +39089872648.