Petite Boho Dress
This embroidered dress (currently 40% off with code SPF40) earned MVP throughout my recent travels. I wore it on repeat (including as a swim coverup), basically whenever I wanted something breezy and unrestricting that still looked put-together! Fit does run big, as I’m wearing my pre-pregnancy size and it’s a swingy fit even in my second trimester. TIP: If you want it to look a little more shapely, I would stitch either two darts or a strip of elastic along the inner back waistline. The “elasticized waist” trick is one of my favorites – it’s very easy to add and also remove, if you change your mind later. Let me know if you guys are interested in a quick tutorial!
I paired this dress with my cushioned yellow sandals (super comfy; runs a little wide) when a lot of walking was on the agenda, and also with these basic slide sandals below (shop similar) for a neutral look. The dress is fully lined with a separate layer, so I didn’t have any problems with sheerness, although I always wear skin-toned undergarments just to be safe.
Visiting Villa Tre Ville
One of the top questions from our trip was where to enjoy food or drinks with a great view. There’s a number of hotels along the Amalfi coast with stunning vantage points, but they cost an arm and a leg to stay at. A more affordable way to dabble in their scenic views is to visit the properties for lunch or drinks!
Compared to fellow 5-star hotel Le Sirenuse (see my post about their food & drinks), Villa Tre Ville is located 10 minutes out from the town center and lesser known, but I thought it was dreamy on a whole different level! One of the locals we met used to be a sommelier there – he told us all about the history of the property and strongly encouraged a visit. The bar is quite pricey so not a must-go for that reason, but Nick and I thoroughly enjoyed two relaxing hours there (we went around noon) with the space all to ourselves!
We didn’t know about their complimentary boat shuttle in advance, so showed up after “hiking” along a narrow windy road with no sidewalks and lots of cars, buses, and even a donkey or two crowding by us. Nick joked we looked like hitchhikers covered in sweat and dirt by the time we arrived ; )
Villa Tre Ville used to be a private estate and has ~ 16 rooms / villas situated on a large property. For hotel guests, I imagine it feels exclusive and intimate like your own private retreat, yet is just a 5 minute boat ride (on their complimentary shuttle boat, if weather permits) from bustling central Positano. Below are two ways to enjoy the property if you are not a hotel guest:
- Lunch at their restaurant. You need to email in advance for reservations, and it does include use of their shuttle boat to/from the Positano dock. Like several restaurants in the area, they’re big on farm / sea-to-table and use a lot of seafood caught daily and produce from their own (huge) on-site gardens.
- Drinks at Bianca Bar, a photo hotspot with stunning Moroccan decor and distant views of Positano. From pictures, I thought this was a small corner but it’s actually two spacious curtained terraces plus a large white indoor space. Reservations here are also required. The “cover” fee is exorbitant for non-hotel guests, but we did savor every minute of our peaceful time!
If you have dining reservations at their restaurant, then you don’t need to pay the cover fee to visit the bar. If you are visiting ONLY the bar, then there’s a 50 Euro cover charge per person, which includes 1 cocktail, olives, almonds, and plated small bites pictured below (cocktails are typically priced at 20 Euros, or free for hotel guests). Bar visitors can also use the shuttle boat, pictured at the top of this blog post.
This post is part of my main Amalfi Coast itinerary & travel guide.