Postcard from... Amalfi

Our brand ambassador travel writer and broadcaster Penny Smith joined her first Travelsphere holiday recently to Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast.

For me travel is all about experiences, and we had those by the bucketful during my Travelsphere adventure to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Learning the art of traditional paper-making, wine-tasting in the Amalfi hills, peeling lemons ready for Limoncello, walking in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius – you name it, we did it!

Pompeii, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, is a place that I had always wanted to visit. There is only so much you can get from a guide book – if there is something I really want to see then I need a human guide. Ours in Pompeii was superb. He was knowledgeable and had a fantastic sense of humour. Through his descriptions he brought Pompeii back to life, and you could really feel the energy of this once great city.

Jane, our Tour Manager, was fantastic too. She lives in Amalfi so she was able to show us places that other tour operators don’t. Our trip up into the hills was wonderful. We arrived at a family-run winery, walked among the vines and learnt a few wine-making secrets. We then spent an enjoyable and informative hour tasting the wine while chatting to the owners about their passion for the grape.

This was my first time on an escorted holiday, and it gave much more than I had envisaged. We learnt so much, we were able to explore on our own, we had plenty of free time (and shopping time). For me, a real highlight was the sharing of stories in the evening over dinner with my fellow travellers.