The Costiera Amalfitana offers an exceptionally picturesque stretch of coastline to stir the senses. Lying along the southern borders of the Sorrento Peninsula, the Amalfi coast is a cliff-lined headland, proudly jutting out from the mainland at the southern end of the Bay of Naples. Explore pastel-hued towns cleverly terraced into hillsides, drive corniche roads with a backdrop of verdant mountains and drink in the expansive vistas across turquoise waters.
Drive from Salerno, enjoying amazing viewpoints of the dramatic shoreline along the weaving coastline, visit gorgeous sandy beaches (the best at Maiori) and fascinating ruins of a 1st century AD Roman villa (Minori); before heading inland towards Ravello. Considered to be one of southern Italy’s most romantic and beautiful small towns it is perched on terraced slopes adorned with lush gardens, sun-drenched corners and sensational views from its lofty setting.
Situated off the main square, home of Ravello’s music festival concerts, The Villa Rufolo and gardens are splendid; the panoramas superlative.
Nearby, take lunch on the terrace at the exceptional Al Ristoro del Moro to enjoy exquisite local cuisine, outstanding service and a sublime view of the bay below.
Set course to the coast on the corniche road to celebrated Amalfi, one of the world’s oldest maritime sea trade ports. Enjoy the cosmopolitan seafront setting with buzzing cafés and enticing boutiques. Culture abounds: but do not miss the Duomo di Sant’Andrea, Amalfi’s magnificent cathedral complete with 11th century byzantine bronze doors. Continue west along the corniche road where stopping at the Grotta dello Smeraldo, a charming marine cave with luminous emerald waters, is recommended. Travel on past the impressive Vallone di Furore gorge, where precipitously scenic Positano awaits you, strewn with top restaurants, sparkling hotels and kaleidoscopic villas. Journey’s end is the bustling coastal village of Sorrento, straddling the majestic cliffs, looking over the sea towards Naples and Mount Vesuvius where you can immerse yourself in a final taste of Italy’s la dolce vita.