The winter here in central Italy has been particularly mild. No polar vortex or slushy sidewalks here. I'm sorry. To take advantage of sunshine and mild weather and out of curiosity, we decided to visit some of our favorite summer destination in the off off off season.
The morning we left for a few days of winter in Capri was bright and sunny so we took a detour for lunch in Positano. It was the annual zeppole (doughnut) festival so the town was as busy as a summer afternoon. Shops and restaurants were open, our usual parking lot was almost full. The only thing different was no lettini and umbrellas on the beach.
We booked a table in the sunshine at Tre Sorelle with its prime people watching location and colorful ceramic plates, and headed for Fornillo for a walk to stretch out legs after the drive from Rome.
We had our summer standby of fresh buffalo mozzarella, marinated anchovies cozze and spaghetti alle vongole. The only difference was the traditional shepherds who arrived playing their “zampogne” (Italian bagpipes) the lack of fresh tomatoes.
We somehow missed the doughnuts, which was ok because Noah's girlfriend was visiting from
Boston for her first trip overseas and she has Celiac. (which Tre Sorelle handled with great humor and knowledge)
But, I browsed for summer 2016 beach coverups at Antica Sartoria, said hello to the always present artist who was painting on the spiagga grande and had a cup of (not iced) coffee and Buca di Baco.
For most of the winter, Positano is a very quiet affair, but if empty beaches, turquoise seas are your kind of thing, I suggest you pack your walking shoes and plan a trip.