Italian Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino Z Goes Back to Naples Capri The Amalfi Coast Italy

 

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Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke
BACK on CAPRI
NAPLES and The AMALFI COAST


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My ESPRESSO

BAR DUE GULFI

CAPRI



Stopped in here for an Espresso, so I could use the bathroom and change into my swim trunks to go swimming at Marina Picolo. If you want to go swimming at Marina Picolo, the best way to get there is to take a little town bus to Due Gulfi (Two Gulfs). Get off the bus, and ask one of the locals where the pathway is to Marina Picolo. It’s a great little walk (10 minutes), with nice sights to see as you stroll down to the beach. You have options of paying  for a chaise-lounge at a private beach club, or better yet, there is a free beach that’s awesome. I never pay when swimming at Marina Picolo and always opt for the free beach, which is wonderful.

I reserve saving my money for when I go swimming at Da Luigi Beach Club at the Faraglioni Rocks. It’s gorgeous!







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Catch of The Day


I was lucky to catch these two Fishermen bringing in their fresh Catch of The Day, as locals were at the dock to buy the freshest fish humanly possible, directly from these two fine gentlemen, who had a scale on board to weight the fish. This was quite awesome to witness, and was one of the highlights of my trip.
These fishermen had quite a good variety of several different kinds of local fish, and their were about 6 local men there to buy fish from them. It was quite an animated scene as thee fishermen quoted prices of the various fish, and the buyers argued with them over the price, and the two sides bickered back and forth before a final sale was mad.. It was all in good fun, and I totally enjoyed the show.



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A PERFECT PLATE of SPAGHETTI POMODORO
A TRATTORIA in ISCHIA
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My Hotel in Ischia
Hotel Villa Melodie


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The POOL at The HOTEL VILLA MELODIE … ISCHIA
If You’re Looking for a Nice affordable Hotel that has a Great POOL
The HOTEL VILLA MELODIE in FORIO , ISCHIA is a Great Choice
“I Just Loved It”


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Orange  Juice Guy
Sant Angelo , Ischia
This Guy makes the Best Dam Fresh Squeezed OJ Ever !!!
Awesome LEMONADE Too !!


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View From The Top
Looking to Monte Procida and Sorrento
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Lunch at La Piazzetta Trattoria / Pizzeria
PROCIDA
ALICI FRITTI & a Glass of BIANCOLELLA
This was one of my Favorite Dishes of The Trip, “Absolutely Delicious” 
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RECIPE SPAGHETTI TOMATO SAUCE



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Looking Down to Marian rand Capri
From Top of The Phoenician Stairs in Anacapri
Photo Copyright Daniel B. Zwicke
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My Old Stomping Grounds in Capri
A Wonderful Hotel with Reasonable Prices
And a Great Location in Capri
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Capri Montage
Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke in CAPRI
Espresso, Da Luigi Beacch Club at The Faraglioni Rocks (Daniel’s Favorite Beach)
Shuttle Boat at Da Luigi to Marina Picolo, Marina Picolo, Chapel at Marina Picolo
At Marina Picolo looking to the famed FARAGLIONO ROCKS of CAPRI
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Virgin Mary
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Gaetano making me a Perfect ESPRESSO

HOTEL PLAZA

SALERNO


The Hotel Plaza in Salerno s a wonderful hotel. The location is great, being across the from the Train Station and just 3 blocks from the marine terminal where you can catch Ferry Boats to Capri, Sorrento, Ischia, Positano, Amalfi, Cetara, and all points on the Amalfi Coast. You can catch trains to Naples and be there in just 30 minutes.

Gaetano whose family owns and runs the hotel is an absolute Gem. Love that guy. He is so very kind and hospitable and wil make you feel like family, and if you get to know him, you will might be lucky to have him make you a perfect Espresso personally on his prized Espresso machine that he loves dearly. I was so lucky for this, but most of all, I was so fortunate to have a few lovely conversation with Gaetano, he is as I have said a gem, and I will cherish and always remember spending a little time with him and having those nice conversations. “Thank you Gaetano, you made my stay at your family’s hotel in Salerno so very special.






GAETANO Makes Me ESPRESSO

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EATING WATERMELON in NAPLES , ITALY

NAPOLI


These Guys Invited Me into Their Little Party at their FRUIT STAND in NAPOLI

We ate WATERMELON and Drank LYCRIMA CHRIST WINE


“I Had a Great Time

One of the HIGHLIGHTS of my TRIP






My PIZZA

Di MATTEO

NAPOLI







PIZZERIA Di MATTEO

NAPLES


  
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BACK in POSITANO

August 2019

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Positano

Walking up the Via Pasitea

 

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Mario & Esperanza

 

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Me & Mario
Hanging at The Pool of The Hotel Poseidon
POSITANO , ITALY
August 9, 2019
Swimming and Drinking Aperol Spritz ‘s
All Afternoon
Me Mario and his Wife Esperanza had a great Day
Probably the # 1 Highlight of my entire Trip

 

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Cocktails in Positano

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HOTEL POSEIDON

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Drinking the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Positano, Napoli, what do you drink? Well there’s always wine. Yes wine, Campari, an Aperol Spritz, Prosecco, Mineral Water, Cappuccino, Espresso, and you must drink some Lemonade, for after all, you’re in The Land of Lemons of the Devine Coast of Amalfi. Or if you’re on Capri or Ischia, Sorrento or Salerno, or the Capital City of Napoli, it’s all the same. All the same of what you might drink, what the locals drink, business men, travelers, tourists, whoever.

    Yes, you will drink Cappuccino and Espresso, it’s good all over, and every Barista takes pride in his coffee making skills and prowess. And when it comes to Espresso, the Neapolitans are the World Champions of making it and drinking it. Espresso that is.

   And if on your trip to Positano, Capri, Sorrento, wherever your destination is down there, if you’re in Napoli, try and go to the Gran Caffe Gambrinus for one of the great cafe experiences of your life. The Gran Caffe Gambrinus is heir to the great Neapolitan coffee tradition, for coffee and the art of making and drinking a proper Espresso, is at its highest level in Gambrinus. Espresso in Napoli is rooted in ritual and the habits of each social class. There is a phenomenon in this habitual ritual that makes the simple moment of refreshment an opportunity for culture and socializing. You will experience a moment of great pleasure as you partake in this esteemed ritual known as espresso. But not just any Espresso, but a Neapolitan one. And while at Gambrinus, drinking your Cappuccino, Espresso or Special Gambrinus Caffe, why not treat yourself to a Sfogliatelle as well?

    All over the Amalfi Coast, in Naples, and especially popular on the Isle of Capri are Lemonade Stands. It stands to reason that with all the Lemon Groves you find on Capri, in and around Sorrento, and in Minori, Maiori, Atrani, and Amalfi, that they’d be serving that refreshing lemon based drink, Lemonade, yes they do. Though lemons are grown all over the coast and on the islands, there seems to be two places that you see Granita and Lemonade Stands more than in other parts, and those two places are in Napoli and on the Isle of Capri. And when it comes to me personally, I always remember that first Lemonade I ever had there, and that was the Lemonade Stand on the Piazzetta of the Piazza Umberto that’s right there before you, when you get off of the Funicular of Capri, if you happen to be taking it. And if you do take the Funicular from the bottom at Marina Grande, once up are at the top and your ride is over, the first thing you’ll see when you exit the Funicular is that Lemonade Stand that is so very inviting on a hot Summer day. So, just as I did on that day in the Summer of 1988 when I had my first, I got a glass of Lemonade. I got off of the Funicular, saw the Lemonade Stand and I couldn’t resist. I got myself a nice cold refreshing Lemonade made with the Lemons of Capri. Later on, in the trip (i988), I’d have my first Limoncello, that hugely famous after dinner drink made with the local Lemons. So, you see, it’s usually the littlest things that I love most when I travel. Like that lemonade on Capri in the Summer of 1988, my first Campari, Aperol Spritz, and most recently a lovely liquor made in these parts called Finnonchietto (Fennel Liqueur), that the waiter brought for me and my cousin Tony, after dinner at Z’Antonino one night in Sorrento. Wow, I went nuts when I tasted this wonderful liqueur for the first time. It was a revelation. I never had it before, and I absolutely loved it. So much so, that when we finished the dinner and took a little walk, as we passed by a Salumeria that sold Limoncello, Amari, and other liqueurs, including Finnonchietto, I just had to get a bottle, and so I did (8 Euros).

   So, now as we talk of drinking on the Amalfi Coast, we come up to the subject of the Aperitivo and Aperitivo time on the Amalfi Coast or anywhere in Italy for that matter. Well, what is Apertivo anyway you say? Aperitivo is a drink that you have before dinner, and is meant for socializing as well as getting your palate going for the meal to come. Most often when you go for Apertivo (aka Aperitif) and order a drink at the traditional aperitivo time (late-afternoon & early-evening), the waiter will bring you some little snacks along with your drink (Aperitivo). The snacks might be as simple as a bowl of Potato Chips and Olives. In addition, some places might serve canapes (crostini) with various toppings, all for the price of the drink. The most popular forms of Aperitivo drinks are anything made with Campari or Aperol, such as Campari & Soda or OJ, a Negroni, or Aperol Spritz. Prosecco or any wine at the apertivo hours are also considered as aperitivo drinks. You can get any other cocktails made with Vodka, Gin, Rum, Whiskey or other forms of alcohol other than Prosecco, wine, Campari, or Aperol, but these cocktails may be quite a bit more expensive than the traditional Aperitivi.

   On a recent trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast, I partook in the delightful ritual of Apertivo on numerous occasions. It was quite wonderful sharing this ritual with my cousins Tony, Mimmo, Marta, and friends in Salerno, Sorrento, in Positano, and Vietro Sul Mare. My trip started off in Rome for a day before I hopped on the high-speed train to Napoli the next day. After landing in Rome, checking into my hotel, I took a shower and then a nap. Well, more thana nap, I fell asleep for 6 hours. I finally awoke and hopped in the shower again.

    Once I showered and got dressed for one more evening out to my beloved Roma, I had a plan. My plan was to walk over to the Metro stop and take a train to near the Piazza Spagna where I would go walk around and enjoy a bit of time at this one of Rome’s most popular spots. I walked up The Spanish Steps, taking pictures along the way and enjoying the scene before me; the people and that view from atop the Spanish Steps is absolutely magnificent. I stayed there to enjoy it for a little while. So, now on to the second phase of the plan.

   After spending a half-hour enjoying the Piazza di Spagna, my plan was to walk over to the Piazza di Popolo from there, a short 8 minute walk away. Yes, my plans included going to Piazza di Popolo to see the beautiful little twin churches of Santa Maria Maracoli and Santa Maria Montesanto and to have a Aperitivo at Rosati afterwards. After that, I’d go on to dinner. So after leaving the Spanish Steps behind I made my way along to the Via Babuino leading me to my destination of the Piazza di Popolo and all its offerings.

   When I arrived about 10 minutes later, I walked towards the Fountain of Neptune to get a good view of the Twin Churches. I took a few pictures of the churches, then asked a couple if they would take a picture of me in front of them. They took a couple nice pictures that are now part of my wonderful memories of that day, and even back to 1985 and 1986 in Rome. After taking pictures of the two churches and the Piazza and myself, I went over to the churches to go inside. The Chiesa Santa Maria Miracoli was closed, but the doors to Santa Maria Montesanto were open, and there was a Mass being conducted. I went in and sat down to relax there. I listened to the priest and parishioners as they responded to the priest. I said a few prayers for my sister Barbara, myself, my Brothers Jimmy and Michael, and their loved ones, and then I left the church.

   After my time at the churches I walked across to Rosati for my little aperitivo. I took a seat at a table outside to watch the World go by the Twin Churches and life on the Piazza Popolo. I ordered a Campari Soda and the waitress brought it to me along with Olives, Potato Chips, and Canapes. And yes, I sat back, sipped my Campari and watched the World go by. I had quite a nice little Aperitivo Time at Roasati and then it was on to dinner.

   Drinking? You can’t talk about drinking in Italy without talking about wine. On this recent trip I was briefly in Rome where I drank Frascati with dinner that night, followed by an Amaro of Capo di Stato digestive from Calabria.

     Now, down to Campania and the Amalfi Coast and the wines down there. This area has some wonderful wines that are sure to please all. There are a lot of very good white wines, as there should be with all the wonderful seafood available and simply for the fact of the heat and being on the coast in Summer, for many people, white wine is the way to go. The White Wines of the area are some of the finest in Italy, in wines like; Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, Coda, Falanghina, Biancolella, and a few others, with these being the main ones as well as being most popular. When it comes to reds, Aglianico is King, especially in the form of “Taurasi” the most prestigious red wine in all  of Southern Italy. The red grape Palumbo, also known as Piedirosso which makes up the local wine that is called Lacryma Christi, meaning “The Tears of Christ.” This grape makes wonderful fruity wines as is in the case of Lacryma Christi. Yes, Aglianico is the most renowned red grape varietal of the region, but the grape Piedirossa and the wines that it makes up are not far behind in stature. The more famous wines are made with Aglianico, the grape that makes up the famed Itaian wine known as Taurasi.

   There is a most lovely legend that goes along with the wine Lacryma Christi, which can be found as either white or red wine. As the legend goes, is that when Saint Lucifer (the Devil) was cast away, he took a piece of Heaven with him. When Christ first saw the Bay of Naples, he recognized it as the stolen piece of Heaven and he wept over its loss. It’s said that as Christ wept, where his tears landed on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius is where the grapes that make up Lacryma Christi first sprang up from, and these are the grapes that sprung from the Tears of Christ. So the legend goes, and it’s quite a lovely one at that.

   So you see, drinking in Napoli, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast, is a very pleasant pastime, whether drinking Cappuccino in the morning, Espresso later in the day, Lemonade or Limoncello, local wine, a Negroni, Campari, or Aperol Spritz, you’re going to have a good time. You have to? You’re in Amalfi. Enjoy it.

EXCERPTED from POSITANO The AMALFI COAST

by Daniel Bellino Zwicke  …. Due for Publication, May 2019

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Cocktails at FRANCO’S BAR

Le SIRENUSE

POSITANO

 

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APEROL SPRITZ TIME in POSITANO

LEARN HOW to MAKE POSITANO’S “Most Popular Cocktail”

The APEROL SPRITZ 

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Yes, without question, the Aperol Spritz is Positano’s most popular cocktail. You see them on almost every table, as you pass restaurants and outdoor cafes in Positano, there’s at least one Aperol Spritz on practically every table in town. Other popular drinks are the Negroni, White Wine (& Red), Prosecco, and fresh Lemonade. I first started drinking Aperol Spritz’s way back in 1995, almost 20 years before most Americans ever even heard of it. Now it’s almost as popular as water, and for good reason, it’s the perfect drink for Positano, Capri, or any beach town in Italy or anywhere. It’s light, tasty, and refreshing.

The best places to drink an Aperol Spritz, or any cocktail of your choice, when in Positano, are; the Trident Bar at the Hotel Poseidon, Franco’s Bar at the Hotel Le Sirenuse, or any of the terraces at Buco di Bacco, or Covo d’ Saraceni.

 

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Positano on a Budget Hotels Eats

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POSITANO on a BUDGET?

DOES It EXIST?

YES & NO !

So, can you go to Positano on a Budget? Does this scenario exist? Yes and no, and what is a low budget to one person, may not be to another. Overall, Positano is not the most ideal place for someone on a budget. This being said, if you are one on a limited budget, and are determined to go, even stay in Positano, which is quite expensive, there are some things you can do.

If you get a hotel room that is suitable to your budget, your next big concern is food and drink.  You are in luck with a truly wonderful little spot to get tasty reasonably priced food at Latteria which is lovely family run Salumeria (Italian Deli) / Wine & Grocery Store. They make tasty panini (Sandwiches) and very good prepared food, such as Eggplant Parmigiano, Pasta, Frittata, and Arancini (Rice Balls). You can take food out to-go, and there’s a little patio on the side to eat your food at. If you want to eat the food there, there’s one little problem, there are only about 6 seats, so they might be full when you’re there. But if you can get a seat outside, this is a wonderful little spot to get some really tasty food, at the cheapest prices you’ll find in all of Positano. This is also a great place to stock up on bottle water, fruit, snacks, and wine to have back at your hotel. I just love this place, so if you’re looking for the best quality food at the lowest prices, Latteria is your place. You will have to take a 15-20 minute walk up from the beach to get here, but its well worth it. The walk itself is a nice little adventure, the food is absolutely excellent, and the place is charming.

Also very good, and a similar type of place is La Delicatessen, which is down by the Mulini and very central part of Positano. Like Latteria, Delicatessen make very good sandwiche, Rice Balls, and other prepared foods at fare prices. La Delicatessen is more centrally located than Latteria, and I do like the place, but if forced to pick to between the two places, I’d give a bit of an edge to Latteria, with Delicatessen not far behind.

The third big aspect of being in Positano, after settling your hotel and food requirements, is your beach activity.  One choice is the tiny free area down by Spiaggi Grande (Big Beach). There is also a free beach area at Il Fornillo Beach, which is a much better free-beach option than the tiny free-beach are in the center of Positano. My favorite beach area of all in Positano is La Scogliera Beach Club next to “Music on the Rocks,” which is a bit expensive, with chaise lounges costing from 17 to 25 Euros depending on when you go. 

One attraction of Positano is The Path of The Gods, which is totally free, and is one of the most popular things to do, but it’s not for everyone. If you do go, the only cost is taking the small local bus, up to the very top of Positano, where you will catch the hiking trail up there.

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Hotel Villa Maria Antonietta

If you are looking for a budget hotel in Positano, Villa Maria Antonietta is one possible option. If you can get a room here (they Sell Out Fast), rooms are usually about $140 US a night, but as we’ve said, they sell out fast, so if you’d like to stay here anytime in the Spring or Summer, I’d suggest booking your room at least 5 to 6 months in advance. Seriously.

Villa Maria Antonietta is a nice little modest hotel, where I stayed at on my first trip ever to Positano, way back in the Summer of 1985, in a room that I paid $45 for at the time. Like I said the place is modest, and physically nothing special. The special things about it, are the location is about as good as it gets, the place is clean, and very affordable for Positano where the rooms are hundreds and thousands of dollars a night. Two people can stay at Villa Maria for about $140 a night.

When staying at VMA, you are in the area of Mulini, with a great selection of bars, caffes, salumerias, shops, and restaurants all around. It less than 10 minutes to walk to the main beach, and ferry boat stop.

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I’ve been going to Positano and the Amalfi Coast of Italy since the Summer of 1985, when I made my first trip to Italy, France, Spain, and Europe as a young man in my early 20s. That frist trip was amazing, there’s nothing like being so young and taking a trip like that, when new everything feels so magical. It’s an feeling you just don’t get as you get older. Anyway, I’m a bit older, and though I can’t regain the same feelings of my youth, I still love the place (Positano) and going there is always so very nice. 

Now the main point in this all, is unlike so many others who are blogging and writing about the magical town, very few could match my long history and experiences in Positano, on Capri, Rome and Naples, or anywhere on the Devine Coast of Amalfi. Yes, I have quite a lot of experiences in Positano over the years. I tell you about them, and make recommendations on where to stay (hotels), where to eat (Trattoria ‘s / Pizzeria ‘s & Bakeries), the Best Beaches, How to Get There and What to Do Once you are there on Positano or anywhere on the Amalfi Coast. You’ve got to go to Ravello, there’s a wonderful Lemon Farm Agriturismo that I go to in Minori, that’s a Hidden Gem few people know about. You’ve got to go to Pompeii, and a foray into Naples is highly recommend for a Pizza Crawl if you have the time. While on your trip to the Amalfi Coast area, I highly recommend staying two nights on Capri if you have the time. What I don’t recommend that highly is going to Capri just for a few hours, if you have the time, you must stay there to really appreciate the island and all its many charms. 

 

My TOP POSITANO HOTELS

“If You Can Afford It?”

1.    Le SIRENUSE

2.    IL SAN PIETRO

More Affordable

1.    HOTEL CASA ALBERTINA

2.    HOTEL PALAZZO MURAT

3.    HOTEL POSEIDON

BUDGET HOTELS

1.     HOTEL VILLA MARIA ANTONIETTA

2.     HOTEL SAVOIA

 

WHERE to EAT

“My Favorite Restaurants”

1.    Da VINCENZO … My All-Time Favorite. Been Going since 1985. Spaghetti Vongole

2.    BUCA d’ BACO … Great restaurant, great Hotel, Great Views & Great Food. 

3.    CHEZ BLACK .. The In-Spot. Great Pizza, People Watching & Spaghetti Nerano.

Yummy Food For Less

1.     LATTERIA … Latteria (Italian Deli) is a wonderful little place, just a short way up the hill, on the Via Pastea, the main roadd of Positano. This wonderful little Salumeria has some of the Best Food in Positano, and at much cheaper prices than most. They make tasty Panini (Sandwiches), Arancini (Rice Balls), Frittata, and Melenzane Parmigiana (Baked Eggplant). You can buy Wine and Fresh Fruit and bottled water here. There is a wonderful little spot to eat outside (Limited Seating) or you take your prepared-food and grocery’s back tot you hotel or apartment.

BEST BEACHES

1.     Le SCOGLIERA BEACH CLUB is my all-time Favorite Beach to go to in Positano. It’s a bit of splurge treat, and I split my beach time in Positano between this beach and the FREE BEACH at FORNILLO BEACH. Yes, it’s a bit expensive, but I’ve been going here since my first trip, and it’s a special treat to myself whenever I spend the extra cash to go there.

2.    My 2nd favorite Beach in Positano, is the Free Beach at Fornillo Beach where I used to go with my friend Nicoletta way back in 1986. There’s also a Private Beach area, where you pay to rent a Chaise Loung. I like the free part better, and when I to spend the cash for a private beach, I go to Le SCOGLERA BEACH CLUB next to “Music O The Rock.”

Basta !

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BEST BARS For APERTIVO or Anytime

1.   The BAR at The POSEIDON HOTEL .. Great view * Crowd and Cheaper than FRANCO’S BAR at Le SIRNEUSE HOTEL

2.    FRANCO’S BAR .. Great spot for your evening apertivo, with a Spectacular View and equally spectacular prices (expensive) to match. It quite nice, but persoally, I like the Bar on Terrace of The Hotel Poseidon. It’s cheaper too!

 

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View from The TERRAZZO

HOTEL POSEIDON BAR

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HOTELS in POSITANO

The AMALFICOAST

 

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Franco’s Bar

Le SIRENUSE HOTEL

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