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Before I start this review I have a small confession to make…my wedding was in Maratea, Basilicata so I fear my glasses may have that suspicious tint of rose and my judgement may be somewhat clouded by the mist of love…but what the heck – much as I want to keep Basilicata ‘our little secret’ I can’t! Like love itself I have to scream about this place from the rooftops and share it with the world so everybody can appreciate this hidden gem in southern Italy. (Ok, emotional outporing done I promise – now onto the review!) Situated around 2.5 hours drive south from Naples, Basilicata is the Amalfi Coast’s lesser known little brother. Except…strip out the tourists, dial up the scenery, raise the bar up a few notches on the food (OMG the mozzarella!) and add some spectacular wines and suddenly little brother is punching way above his weight.…

It had been nine years since my last visit to the Amalfi Coast and somehow I had managed to forget just how breathtakingly beautiful it was…We were married a couple of hours down the road at The Santavenere Hotel in Maratea in the Basilicata region of Italy so this part of the world will always hold a special place in our hearts. For our 10th wedding anniversary we wanted to take a walk down memory lane and spend a couple of days in Positano, as we had done all those years ago, before heading further south to The Santavenere. The 1.5 hour drive from Naples to Positano, first past the imposing and ominous Mount Vesuvius, then along the achingly beautiful, if not slightly heart stopping, high and winding coastal road to Sorento and then onto Positano soon reminded me why I fell in love with this place all those years…