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A Stunning Week in Positano

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My Q2 vacation came quickly on the heels of my Q1 vacation (since I didn’t manage to take my Q1 vacation until April).  Amy and I spent a delightful week in Positano, Italy with David and Jil Cohen.  This was their big vacation before David goes heads down all summer on TechStars so it was great fun to hang out, relax, and enjoy the magic of some of the best Italy has to offer.

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After a week of vacation bliss, we took the train from trash-filled Naples (what a dump) to Milan where we met up with Jeff and Judy Herman for a week on Lake Como.  We arrived to a two day monsoon.  While Lake Como is beautiful when the sun is out, we all quickly got cabin fever.  Amy and I decided to bail and come home a few days early; everyone else decamped to Milan to wander around the city.

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Since I had just been on a week off the grid, I stayed connected this trip.  I got plenty of downtime yet kept up with everything going on.  I did take a vacation from blogging which was nice.  Hopefully it will translate into more pith and creativity.  I ran a ton, played tennis and swam every day in Positano, so I’m officially feeling ready for my June marathon.  I did manage to counterbalance any potential weight loss with the omnipresent gelato.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tom tom

    Must…go…to the gelato store. Thanks buddy!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tom tom

    Must…go…to the gelato store. Thanks buddy!

  • Brian Hart

    Stunning. Lake Como is at the top of my to-see list.

  • http://www.zachlandes.com zachlandes

    Any must see attractions in Positano?
    It looks gorgeous, but you should have taken some time off from all that working out – just call it carb loading – eat lots of carbs, burn none off :)

    • http://www.coloradostartups.com David G. Cohen

      Jil and I ventured out to Pompei and Ravello on a day trip, which was worth it. Otherwise, just enjoying the city and stunning views is the best. Oh, and the hike up to the tennis court. A must eat restaurant is Donna Rosa way up on top of the hill.

      • zachlandes

        Pompei must be incredible. I have always wanted to go! Is it heavily trafficked, though? I did research on ancient cities in Greece and Turkey and ultimately preferred the emptiness and lack of guards/marked paths in Turkey. Still, an ancient city is an ancient city, and Pompei is near the top of my list of ones to see!

        • http://www.coloradostartups.com David G. Cohen

          It's much larger than I had envisioned, and just amazingly well preserved. There were many people there visiting (probably 1,000) and it's “touristy”, but it's so large than I often found our small group (of three, we had a private guide) pretty “alone” in the city. near the central square, etc, there were throngs. but at times, i literally felt as though i could have been walking around just as the Romans did.

    • http://www.crashutah.com/blog John Lynn

      My favorite part of the Amalfi coast is called Trail of the Gods (sentiero degli Dei). You start the hike above Amalfi and hike a couple hours where you arrive above the city of Positano. It's a decent hike, but nothing too bad. At the end of the hike it's 1000 steps to get to Positano. Or you an grab a cab or bus half way down. If you thought the bus ride was great, this hike is one of the most incredible hikes I've ever done.

      I also recommend dinner at one of the many restaurants above Positano where you get more food than you could ever imagine. Ours was 7 apetizers, 5 pastas, 6 meats, salad, fries, bread, 3 deserts and all you could drink. The food there is something else.

  • Tom

    Damnit Brad! constantly talking about, and even posting pictures of, gelato! It's too much…I'm doomed. I dieted all day, but now I am overcome..I must…go…to the gelato store. Thanks buddy!

  • alessio

    happy you have enjoyed my countryside (my family lives on the board of the lago di como). hope to have the chanche of seeing you soon

  • http://www.metocube.com Lucas Rodriguez Cerv

    Curious! I am going to Positano tomorrow (from Madrid)

  • http://www.2spaghi.it/blog/2spaghi Marco

    I can't believe my favorite VC was on Lake Como a few miles away from my place and I didn't have the chance to pitch him my Gelateria 2.0 :-)

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Ah – sorry I didn't broadcast well enough in advance! I usually do this effectively enough somewhere for a hookup when I'm not totally off the grid.

  • http://www.loupaglia.com/correlate Lou Paglia

    Brad: Was just in Positano early this year. Truly an amazing town and the ocean-side drive, while many in the valley will not believe me, really tops Highway 1. I wouldn't believe it if you told me but the cliffs and scenic overlook on the water is truly a sight to see. I loved Positano, I wasn't there a week but can see how spending a week there would be easy.

  • http://slashstar.com/blogs/tim Tim Marman

    I love, love, love Positano (though I might have loved Capri more :). We stayed at Palazzo Murat during our honeymoon, a charming old hotel right in the middle of town. I think the best part of there's nothing you “have to do” – just sitting there and enjoying the stunning views is enough :)

    That said, I would highly, highly recommend a trip to Il San Pietro – it's not cheap, and it's not actually “in” Positano (they have a free shuttle you can call for), but it's quite an experience.

    I'm suddenly very jealous!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tim_marman2080 tim_marman2080

    I love, love, love Positano (though I might have loved Capri more :). We stayed at Palazzo Murat during our honeymoon, a charming old hotel right in the middle of town. I think the best part of there's nothing you “have to do” – just sitting there and enjoying the stunning views is enough :)

    That said, I would highly, highly recommend a trip to Il San Pietro – it's not cheap, and it's not actually “in” Positano (they have a free shuttle you can call for), but it's quite an experience.

    I'm suddenly very jealous!

  • zachlandes

    Any must see attractions in Positano?
    It looks gorgeous, but you should have taken some time off from all that working out – just call it carb loading – eat lots of carbs, burn none off :)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/brian_hart1973 brian_hart1973

    Stunning. Lake Como is at the top of my to-see list.

  • alessio

    happy you have enjoyed my countryside (my family lives on the board of the lago di como). hope to have the chanche of seeing you soon

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tom tom

    Damnit Brad! constantly talking about, and even posting pictures of, gelato! It's too much…I'm doomed. I dieted all day, but now I am overcome..I must…go…to the gelato store. Thanks buddy!

  • Lucas Rodriguez Cerv

    Curious! I am going to Positano tomorrow (from Madrid)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/marco31361 marco31361

    I can't believe my favorite VC was on Lake Como a few miles away from my place and I didn't have the chance to pitch him my Gelateria 2.0 :-)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/lou_paglia lou_paglia

    Brad: Was just in Positano early this year. Truly an amazing town and the ocean-side drive, while many in the valley will not believe me, really tops Highway 1. I wouldn't believe it if you told me but the cliffs and scenic overlook on the water is truly a sight to see. I loved Positano, I wasn't there a week but can see how spending a week there would be easy.

  • zachlandes

    Pompei must be incredible. I have always wanted to go! Is it heavily trafficked, though? I did research on ancient cities in Greece and Turkey and ultimately preferred the emptiness and lack of guards/marked paths in Turkey. Still, an ancient city is an ancient city, and Pompei is near the top of my list of ones to see!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dgcohen dgcohen

    Jil and I ventured out to Pompei and Ravello on a day trip, which was worth it. Otherwise, just enjoying the city and stunning views is the best. Oh, and the hike up to the tennis court. A must eat restaurant is Donna Rosa way up on top of the hill.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dgcohen dgcohen

    It's much larger than I had envisioned, and just amazingly well preserved. There were many people there visiting (probably 1,000) and it's “touristy”, but it's so large than I often found our small group (of three, we had a private guide) pretty “alone” in the city. near the central square, etc, there were throngs. but at times, i literally felt as though i could have been walking around just as the Romans did.

  • John Lynn

    My favorite part of the Amalfi coast is called Trail of the Gods (sentiero degli Dei). You start the hike above Amalfi and hike a couple hours where you arrive above the city of Positano. It's a decent hike, but nothing too bad. At the end of the hike it's 1000 steps to get to Positano. Or you an grab a cab or bus half way down. If you thought the bus ride was great, this hike is one of the most incredible hikes I've ever done.

    I also recommend dinner at one of the many restaurants above Positano where you get more food than you could ever imagine. Ours was 7 apetizers, 5 pastas, 6 meats, salad, fries, bread, 3 deserts and all you could drink. The food there is something else.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tim_marman2080 tim_marman2080

    I love, love, love Positano (though I might have loved Capri more :). We stayed at Palazzo Murat during our honeymoon, a charming old hotel right in the middle of town. I think the best part of there's nothing you "have to do" – just sitting there and enjoying the stunning views is enough :)

    That said, I would highly, highly recommend a trip to Il San Pietro – it's not cheap, and it's not actually "in" Positano (they have a free shuttle you can call for), but it's quite an experience.

    I'm suddenly very jealous!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Ah – sorry I didn't broadcast well enough in advance! I usually do this effectively enough somewhere for a hookup when I'm not totally off the grid.

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