La Scaletta – A Personal Tour of My Praiano Hideaway

I made coffee.

Watched the sunrise…

…and took a lovely, leisurely day at home.

Speaking of which – would you like to see the inside of my Praiano life – where I get to be when I ‘stay home’?

One of the dear people who reads my articles commented early on how it was fun to see inside the house. In the Domestic Goddess post there were snippets of appliances and a drying rack set up in my bedroom. I can do better than that.

Welcome to La Scaletta – come along…

First of all, a disclaimer. The decor does not reflect my aesthetic. Felicia, whom I love, who gave me the cooking class and put me in a food coma, owns this home. It has her flavor everywhere which makes it even more special to me.

No need to take you up the 112 steps to the front door – we’ve been there done that. Nicola hauled my suitcase all the way up and unlocked the door when I first arrived, February 3, 2020. It seems like yesterday.

I feel like my house is high above the water, and it is. But it’s only about 1/10 of the way up the mountain. There are dozens and dozens of houses higher than this. The lovely home just above me has an orchard of lemon trees. I’m a bit enamored of the cliff-dwelling life!

I’ll begin the tour with the journaling corner I’ve set up in the master bedroom. I sit with the blanket over my legs, sipping coffee and jumping up every other minute to open the French doors and shoot the sunrise. I may be here for an hour, maybe two every morning depending upon what comes up as I write. Everything I need is here, the pens, the tablet, the woven hotpad for the coffee cup, earbuds in case a daughter calls…and the view.

Here’s the rest of the master bedroom.The handstitched quilt with tiny pink rosebuds? Purple roses on the sheets repeated in the pillow cases? It’s like a hug from grandma. I pull the covers up to my chin and sleep like a princess.

There’s a tiny second bedroom with twin beds, a chest of drawers, and a closet. It’s excess space. I leave the door closed.

The bathroom is efficient laid out with a toilet, bidet, sink, and shower. I don’t understand the bidet. Someone please explain that useless piece of porcelain. I’ve purposely left it out of the photos. It’s beside the commode.

Master bedroom, spare bedroom, and bath are off this gracefully arched hallway. All the doors are solid wood.

The open plan living room, kitchen, and dining area utilize the space economically and the French doors that open onto the terrace and the sea make the room feel limitless.

The lace doily? Tchotchke on the shelves? Pink damask draperies? Ladderback chairs? Ummm…no. But here in Praiano, in this house? Yes.

I’m curious. Does IKEA sell complete sets of art, plus matching sofa slipcover, plus pillows that perfectly, I mean PERFECTLY pick up every color in the art? I noticed the cookware is from IKEA – that made me slightly suspicious. It’s just too, too, too…coordinated! I do love the red sofa though.

Glassware, glass shelving, tiny figurines like the ones my mother collected that I had to dust individually every Saturday…uh-huh. Not me.

But oh! The terrace! The coup de coeur. It stretches across the entire front of the house and it couldn’t have a more splendid view. I watch ships and sailboats. I can monitor the traffic on the Via Roma. (There is none.) I can see Sandulli’s tower and Angela’s shop. And did I mention the sunrise?

One end of the terrace has two loungers like this. A majolica dining table with lemons and oranges – what could be more Italian – and wrought iron chairs anchors the other end.

I give myself credit for getting up and out of this cozy place to explore. I could be very very comfortable with my books, my writing papers, the sun on the terrace, the view…

And the wine. Here’s the one I picked up yesterday. A crisp pinot grigio that I’ll be pairing with caprese salad and farmer’s bread in about two seconds.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. I’ll tell you about farmer’s bread another day!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. stevecastley
    Feb 25, 2020 @ 03:08:10

    Thanks for the tour. Do you use the fireplace? That terrace and view is magnificent. Enjoy.

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  2. shanemac
    Feb 25, 2020 @ 06:21:27

    I considered a discourse on bidets but decided not to lower the tone of your sophisticated Italian adventure. I will admit here to googling coup de coeur. I like it and will grab that one for future use.
    La Scaletta is another delectable description of a day in your Praiano life. I’ve enjoyed the day but tomorrow I’ll bet we get off the lounge chair and go a-wandering again.

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  3. ReAnn Scott
    Feb 25, 2020 @ 23:29:45

    When I was a very young ex-pat, newly arrived in Brussels and seeing my first bidet, I too had many questions. It seems to be what Europeans used for what my Mother called a ‘spitz bath.’ It’s for quick washing of your delicate parts of which an odor may arise. Took much less water than filling the bathtub. This really was funny because we lived in Belgium in the early ’70s and good antiperspirants were not to be found. The odor from unwashed armpits in a crowded, overheated room could be overwhelming. I used my bidet to grow a large fern plant and rinse out dirty diapers. As to your time in Italy – how long is your stay? You are returning to Bali, aren’t you?

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    • writingforselfdiscovery
      Feb 26, 2020 @ 00:12:21

      Bless you ReAnn! Finally, someone answered my question and it’s as I expected – a bidet is a useless space vampire good only for potted plants. I am absolutely returning to Bali but spending 33 days in Praiano because I love the Amalfi Coast and wanted to just settle in one place and explore. Thanks for your great comments!

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  4. Anonymous
    Feb 25, 2020 @ 23:41:29

    That was fun, thanks! It has the two critical elements I always seek……THE VIEW and comfortable furniture. Great find! sl

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    • writingforselfdiscovery
      Feb 26, 2020 @ 00:47:59

      I’m new at this kind of travel and you’re a pro! I love the extended stay. I agree, the comfort, the view, and for me it would also be the accessibility of everything I need within walking distance. I’ve come to love the daily-ness of that. Would die if I had to depend upon public transport or rent a car…!

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