- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Fenicia Press; 1st edition edition (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983221731
- ISBN-13: 978-0983221739
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
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#1,402,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2291 in general Italy Travel Guides
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Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore Paperback – June 1, 2011
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1. The beautiful Amalfi Coast, travel stories, history, traditional Campania recipes and, of course, gelato. I think I fell in love with Chantal Kelly's book before I finished reading the back cover. It was a joy to dive into the story and join Chantal as she takes readers along with her on a seven day tour in Campania, with stops in some of the region's most iconic spots like Capri, Sorrento and the villages of the Amalfi Coast. Along the way Kelly shares a nice balance of historical details and personal anecdotes from her previous travels in Campania.
The book opens in Rome where her group of 10 women arrive to tackle jet lag while discovering some of the city's ancient and modern treasures. On their transfer to the Sorrento Peninsula, the group stops off for a visit to explore the ruins of Pompeii. The next day they're off to discover Campania's ancient Greek heritage at Paestum. A brief stop at Vietri sul Mare gets the ladies in a flurry of ceramic shopping excitement, but it's not until their third day that they get the first full taste of the Amalfi Coast's beauty by visiting Positano. As their travels continue to Capri, Sorrento, Ravello and Amalfi, with wine tasting in Positano and a morning cooking class in Sorrento, readers are also enticed to fall in love with this special part of southern Italy. I enjoyed reading Kelly's stories from her travels, and loved how they reminded me time and time again of my first trip to Campania in 2007 with my mother. One of her descriptions of the Amalfi Coast particularly hit home with me, and I imagine it will for anyone who has visited here.
These are places that seem somehow just too beautiful to be true when you first see them. The American writer John Steinbeck captured this sentiment perfectly in an oft-quoted description of Positano written in 1953, "Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn't quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone."
Nearly sixty years later, Kelly's book proves that the Amalfi Coast's allure is as strong as ever. Whether you've always dreamed of coming to this stunning part of southern Italy or you've been time and time again, you'll enjoy joining Chantal Kelly on her journey to Campania in Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore. ---- Laura Thayer, Author of Ciao Amalfi.com
2. Chantal Kelly's Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore invites you on an unforgettable journey to Italy s most beautiful and dramatic landscape. Beginning with the ruins of ancient Pompei, Kelly leads you through delightful towns and shops, crystalline underground coves, hair-raising mountainous roads, and thriving, fragrant lemon groves. An excellent guide, Kelly laces her confection with humor, historical vignettes, and wonderful descriptions of the places and people that she and her sisterhood encountered. This travel journal is pure ice cream. Gelato, indeed! --Barbara Corrado Pope, author of Cezanne's Quarry and The Blood of Lorraine
About the Author
Chantal Kelly was born in Brussels, Belgium and educated in French speaking schools. Her passion for travel fueled a career in the industry and the desire to write about her favorite destinations. Fluent in several languages Chantal has escorted many tours to the Amalfi Coast. Between tours she raises lavender and imports French linen. She and her husband reside near Portland, Oregon.
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Perhaps she received a nice fee for the mention in her book...I hope so. Anyway, I found it fun and iteresting. Sometimes there was way too much history detail...and I have found that seems to kill the interest in visitors in this area. But she knows her stuff. More features about the locals would've been fun. All in all, I enjoyed it.