Postcards from Italy

Amalfi Coast

Staff Inspiration: Sarah’s Dream Trip

Join us over the next few weeks as we share our dream trips through Italy and Switzerland, aimed at informing and inspiring future jaunts to Europe. After last week’s trip with Matthew Greenbaum, this week we take you on a dream trip with Sarah Blaze, Operations Associate for CIUTravel.

Sarah in Florence(Photo by CIU Travel via Flickr)

Several years ago, Brian was singing with Opera Theater of St. Louis with a tenor named John Bellemer. John and Brian became friends so it was only natural that their wives would meet and join in the fun. John’s wife, Sarah Blaze, is a mezzo soprano, so with Brian (baritone) and Maria (soprano), we not only became friends, but formed a quartet. Through various connections, we were invited to sing on a few cruises in the Atlantic and Mediterranean as High C’s on the High Seas - bello, no? Over the years we stayed in touch, meeting in New York or Europe when singing schedules converged. When CIU needed to add to our team, Sarah was a natural first choice. Her effervescent personality and can-do attitude, together with her love of travel, are perfect for working with our travelers on custom itineraries. We hope you enjoy her trip to the Amalfi Coast.

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Authentic Amalfi Coast: Traditional Ceramics from Vietri sul Mare

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, and it’s easy to see why. With its dramatic coastline, colorful fishing villages, crystalline turquoise waters, and hidden sea coves and grottoes, this stretch of coast south of Naples is simply stunning. That said, after more than half a century of intensive tourism—the masses began rolling in after the post-war Jackie O/Brigitte Bardot jet set put this area on the map—it can sometimes feel as if the local culture of this historic coastline is buried under layers of grand hotels, luxury yachts, and chic cocktail bars from Positano to the island of Capri.

Travel slightly further afield, however, and it’s easy to discover the more authentic side of the Amalfi Coast, including its stellar cuisine, scenic donkey paths-cum-hiking trails, and, of course, traditional artisan crafts. Among the most storied of these artisan crafts is ceramica di Vietri, or hand-painted ceramics from Vietri sul Mare.

Vietri sul Mare(Photo by Elicus via Flickr)

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