A 10 day girls’ getaway with a stay in Salerno
Lace curtains billowed from shuttered windows that opened to reveal a misty valley of orchards, vineyards and beautifully aged Italian country homes. The Tyrrhenian Sea glistened a few miles off the Salerno coast as I breathed in air fragrant with sun-warmed herbs and smiled at the excited squeals of my friends echoing throughout the villa we’d rented for an entire week in Southern Italy.
It was Day One of a splendid two week adventure in Italy and Greece, culminating in a ten-day all girl’s road trip through the Balkans. We had some wild times ahead of us, but for now it was blissful escapism at its best.
The Villa Trotta is a 5-bedroom, 3-story treasure tucked in the back country near the coast and above Perdifumo. At mere $1200 US dollars for a week, the 5 of us girls found ourselves with a fairytale villa for about $250 each. We couldn’t believe our good fortune! After dashing about the cool, tile floors flinging open windows and exploring every nook and cranny, we settled on our rooms, unpacked and realized we were famished.
Back down the winding mountain road we went, exclaiming at the profusion of wildflowers tossing in the wind, the aged olive groves, the gorgeous stone walls covered in clambering vines. We wandered through town striking up conversations with amiable grocers, and filled our arms with ripe strawberries, massive loaves of flour-dusted bread, pasta, peppers, garlic, wine, and a tray of cannoli and amaretti from the bakery.
It was so fun setting up the villa as if it was home. Tucking our clothing in cavernous wardrobes, figuring out the oh-so-European washing machine, and snipping lavender in the garden for tea. The simple rituals of putting away groceries, cooking without recipes, and even doing laundry were a delight for me.
Each day we ventured off to lovely places like Capri, Napoli, or our favorite Italian beach at Santa Maria. But each night we returned home and basked in the peacefulness of our retreat. We went for evening strolls down the mountain, sipped wine on the terrace at sunset, and gathered around the kitchen table just before bed for fresh lavender tea, crisp Italian cookies, and much laughter as we reminisced on the days adventures.
I can’t wait to go back.