Porto Ercole

beachWe literally did nothing at Il Pellicano.  In the morning we sat by the water.  The rocky platform juts into the Mediterranean where we took several dips in the ocean and lounged a bit on the floating beds.  I got through an entire book and did the Sunday crossword.  Couldn’t ask for a more relaxing day.  After lunch we changed locations and went up to the pool.  Those were big decisions.

formeFor dinner we went into Porto Ercole a charming fishing village about 15 minutes from our hotel.

bottargaThe place to eat there is Il Gambero Rosso.  Real family place.  The man who owns the place basically told us what to eat and we decided to go with it.  We started with the chefs appetizers where we got a bite of 6 different ways that they had prepared fish.  Nothing to write home about but all local.  We split the bottarga spaghetti for a second course.

fishHad the grilled sea bass for dinner.  After dinner we went back to the hotel for some drinks, cigars (not me but Fred) and called it a day.

I highly recommend Il Pellicano.  An absolutely beautiful place.


Comments (Archived):

  1. aysha ali

    Nice take on big decisions. You have won life- congrats 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal


  2. William Mougayar

    grilled fish pic is a classic. i could have that every day and be happy.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Me too

      1. pointsnfigures

        might have to make one today, with a little garlic and olive oil.

  3. Christine Vachon

    we just came back from a shorter version of this — Sicily mostly (just amazing) and Rome. Incredible trip but September is so obviously the (way!) better time to go. It is something to look forward to, not being tied to school schedules…

  4. AG

    To just be able to relax and enjoy life in a beautiful place with the person you love. Does life get any better? Ultimately what the end of success should be about.

    1. Gotham Gal

      I really want to get to Sicily sooner than later

      1. Christine Vachon

        it was completely unexpected and wild–travel experience I haven’t had in years. loved it.

      2. Cecelia Feld

        Don’t shortchange Sicily. Give it at least 5-6 days.

  5. AMT Editorial Staff

    Which book? Guessing not worth mentioning? Have you read Kelly Oxford’s memoir…very funny. I think it makes a fun travel book.