Don’t laugh. I love the movie (from 1994) “Only You” with Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei. I can’t remember the first time I watched this film, but it was before I had ever been to Italy. The story is endearing, but it was the scenes of Italy (Venice, Tuscany, Rome and Positano) that won me over. I fell hard and fast, especially for Positano and started formulating plans to get there.
We finally made it to Italy and after a few trips to the holy trinity (Rome, Florence and Venice) planned time in Positano. After a visit to Calitri, the homeland of my grandparents, we boarded a ferry in Salerno and off we went to Positano. The day was perfect. The sun was shining, temperature about 70 degrees and the seas were calm. The water was a color that I can’t even describe and I was in heaven and couldn’t believe where we were or where we were headed. The guy next to us spilled his beer onto my bag and all I could think was “I’m going to Positano!”.
Yes, this is the view from our room. I was delirious from the moment I opened the door and stepped into the room. It really was a beautiful space, but it was the view, yes my view that won me over. We had a patio with a lovely sofa, but it was being able to lie in bed and look out over the sea that really did it for me. It was as if I was the only person to ever stay in this room, gaze out from the balcony and behold this piece of paradise.
I watched “Only You” again last night. I felt the same sense of wonder about the beauty of Italy as the first time I saw this film. There was Positano in all its glory, only now I can say “yes, it’s perfect, when can we return?”.