The soaring cliff faces that broker land and sea, the brooding magnificence of Mount Vesuvius and the exquisite culture of the Ancient Romans and their descendants. And then there’s the food…

So it was with great anticipation that I went for a five day trek through the mountains of the Amalfi coast with my 12 year old son Ethan. Our starting point of Ravello was a miniature architectural gem, a mixture of humble houses, patrician mansions and ancient piazzas. Nestling in the hills, it was the perfect place to begin our walk.

The days were spent climbing to seemingly impossible heights, and descending at night to the comfort of candy coloured villages clinging to the coastal rock face. Ravello to Amalfi, on to Conca, then Praiano and finally Positano. Along the way we admired the colourful ceramic art of the region, stopped to enjoy the spring flowers of the mountains, drank crystal clear water from road side fountains, were stopped in our tracks by the jaw dropping views and finally, walked the famous Path of the Gods into Positano.

Naples was our last stop, a city of instantly recognisable domestic architecture and for me, home to one of the greatest museums on earth. There once more I was able to see the breathtaking beauty of the treasures of Pompei and Herculaneum – the art, architecture, furniture and accessories that seem so perfect and in many ways so contemporary, one wonders what we have been doing the last 2000 years, as the Romans seem to have got it so right the first time round.

However here at Alison at Home we have paid our own respects to Italian style with our gorgeous 50s style retro metal framed mirrors – very Amalfi!

Italy is an extremely special place. And then there’s the food…

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