Summer Paradise in Italy

Its villages are accessible only by the Strada Statale 163. Famously known as Amalfi Drive, the narrow, winding, cliffside route leads to 13 towns tucked among bougainvillea and fragrant lemon blossoms, the spectacular villages that make up the Amalfi Coast.

The views here are some of the most magical in the world, where the mountains join the Mediterranean Sea. Travelers from all over flock here each year to enjoy its quaint pebbled beaches, scenic hikes, ideal climate, and well-known establishments, not limited to storied hotels and restaurants. Landmarks from the Cathedral in Amalfi to Villa Rufolo in Ravello, for instance, all evoke the culture and the spirit of bygone centuries: the landmarks enjoyed by the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, John Steinbeck, and Gore Vidal. 

Izabel Goulart poses in front of the signature ceramics of the Amalfi Coast. (Courtesy of Izabel Goulart/Photography by Lucas Mennezes Serpa)

With its signature limoncello—both grown and enjoyed locally—villas, and breathtaking vistas, the Amalfi Coast is in a class of its own. And in time for summer 2020, Assouline, in collaboration with Carlos Souza and Charlene Shorto, has recently published Amalfi Coast that helps bring the best of the Italian villages to life. 

Souza is a global brand ambassador for Valentino and a contributor at Architectural Digest with over 40 years’ experience in the art and fashion worlds. His photography career began at the request of Andy Warhol, who asked him to shoot fashion shows for Interview, ans he has previously worked with Assouline on #Carlos’s Places (2014) and Comporta Bliss (2018).

The Spring Awakening party at Palazzo Avino’s beach club, 2019. (Courtesy of Carlos Souza)

His wife, Charlene Shorto, was born in Recife, Brazil, and educated in Switzerland and Great Britain. They have two sons, Sean and Anthony. The family moved to Rome, where Charlene worked under the fashion designer Valentino, eventually ascending to the position of director of Oliver by Valentino. Shorto also collaborated with Souza on Comporta Bliss (2018).

Their scenes captured in Amalfi Coast are filled with joie de vivre, along with informative recounts of the area’s rich history. So even if you don’t get a chance to visit this summer, flipping through the pages is a blast. The pictures are so lush and vivid, you can almost smell the bougainvillea and lemon trees.

The pool at Hotel Il San Pietro di Positano. (Courtesy of Carlos Souza)