Cerchio Travel – Amalfi, Italy and the Coast

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The recommendations are based on my visits to Italy and the hospitality I was shown by the proprietors. Many of them are my cousins, so remember to say Vincenzo from Cincinnati said “Ciao” when you visit!

ChefChierchia Youtube Channel contains converted 8 mm films of Amalfi, Felitto, Rome and other cities and villages in Italy.

Places to Eat are in the process of being added, in no particular order, they are all excellent!

Places to Eat

Bar Gran Cafe 

Bar Gran Cafe – My Dipino Cousins will welcome you! Cafe and a pastry, a light lunch or snack, or a full meal. The food and view can’t be beat!

Lo Smeraldino

Lo Smeraldino – Tell Biago that Vincent sent you and enjoy the food and atmosphere. The freshest seafood, pastas and pizzas. 

The menu and marina rentals


Pasticceria Sal De Riso

A true and accurate photo I took of a small sample of their delicious selection of pastries. They also make a good pizza.


Say hello to Mario at Donna Sofia’s and enjoy the display of Sofia Loren photos, accompanied by food just as beautiful.

Trusted Transportation

Amalfi Coast

Owed by the cousin of Vince Cerchio. Provides transportation from Amalfi, along the Amalfi Coast, as well as private round-trip airports transfers. Call +39 338-446-0303 or email mimmotaxi@tiscali.it

Amalfi Coast by Boat

Those who know me know that I am dedicated to doing things right and I am a bit of a workaholic. As are my cousins and their children in Italy. Cafes, restaurants, ceramic shop, clothing store, and now, boat rental and a leather shop.

Now, I can recommend Marina Lo Smeraldino Boat Rental. If you have had the privilege of a trip to Amalfi and dinner at Lo Smeraldino Ristorante, you may have been greeted by Biagio.  He now offers boat services along the Amalfi coast, private tours and self-drive.  Cast off the starboard line!


Marina Lo Smeraldino Boat Rental


Places to Stay 

Luna Convento

Contact Vince to Book

Luna Convento is on the edge of Amalfi, a five-minute stroll from the cathedral and center of town.  The hotel dates to 1818 when Saint Francis of Assisi founded the monastery.

Almost two hundred years have passed after the conversion from a Franciscan monastery into an inn, and later into “Hotel Luna Convento” which has been continuously managed by five generations of the Barbarian family. Click here to see a listing of the distinguished guests from 1818 to today.

Casa Zarino

The Zarino House

Rooms with a gorgeous view? Then you want to stay at the Casa Zarino with balconies overlooking the sea and beautiful artwork that will make your stay unforgettable. Contact me for more information and to book your visit to Amalfi.

Places to Shop

Destination Amalfi clothing
Il Ninfeo Ceramics
Via Lorenzo di Amalfi Leather Shop – InstagramWebsite Coming Soon

Valenti Limoncello and lemon products.

Fifty Years Ago – The Chierchia Cousins

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    Tours and Activities

    Amalfi Heaven Gardens
    Cooking Class

    Learn the secrets of Italian cooking from local chefs in the terraced gardens of the stunning Amalfi Coast. Enjoy the intimate and friendly atmosphere of a small-group cooking class, taste typical local products and savor the dishes you’ve prepared.

    Arriving from Amalfi

    • ​​​On foot: Take a nice walk of about 20 minutes in the direction of Positano and up the stairs from the road. Gardens entrance is on the right, in front of G.A.S. Bar.
    • By bus: Take a bus in the direction of Sorrento, Agerola or Pogerola and ask the driver to be dropped off at G.A.S. Bar. The journey takes just 3 minutes. We are just up the stairs in front of G.A.S. Bar. Tickets CANNOT be bought on board; you need to buy them before to get on the bus. Bus schedules can be checked on sitasudtrasporti.it/orari (select Campania).