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The Amalfi Coast

Lemon-scented villages & impossibly blue seas

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Introduction

The Amalfi Coast is famous for its tantalising combination of historical cathedrals and ancient villas, fine Neapolitan cuisine and outstanding natural beauty. Its steep cliffs, vineyards, lemon groves, secluded grottoes and beaches were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and are home to some of southern Italy’s most picturesque towns including Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento. Luxury hotels and sumptuous villas are dotted along the coastal inlets and bays or built high on the cliffs in mountain villages such as Scala and Ravello.

Amalfi, Sorrento & Positano

Amalfi is the oldest of Italy’s former maritime republics. The town that gives the surrounding coast its name centres around beachside restaurants, a tangle of narrow alleys and a duomo dating back to the 9th century.

A short hop along the coast is Sorrento, where imposing vertical cliffs of tuff rock shift in tone with each passing hour. To the northeast is Pompeii, and to the south, perhaps the most dramatic stretch of coast in all of Italy, a drive that loops high behind the town of Positano, which tumbles colourfully down the cliff face into the sea. It’s a truly spectacular setting, framed by the steep, lush and unending Lattari mountains.

View of Sorrento on Italy's Amalfi CoastPositano, Amalfi Coast

Capri

A long-time playground for the rich and famous, the island of Capri is stunning in its beauty. The Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) is the island’s most magical attraction, while a circular boat tour of the coast also takes in the dramatic Faraglioni rock formations. Inland, tucked between towering coastal cliffs and a verdant interior, luxury hideaways, restaurants and boutiques beckon. While day trips are available from Sorrento, the best and most relaxing way to take it all in is with an overnight stay. Speak to our specialists who'll happily guide you through the options.

View of Capri's coastline from Roman ruins
Capri, Italy

Ischia

This volcanic island’s key features are the thermal waters and fumaroles that have given rise to natural spas. Tourism is the business here, but there are plenty of quiet beaches, retreats, historic sites and geological features to go round. Sited in the picturesque Bay of Naples, the striking Arogonese castle, built in 474 BC and set out on a rocky islet, dominates the east coast, while in the north, the coastal towns of ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte charm with pretty gardens, spas and an abundance of bars and restaurants made for people watching.

To really get away from it all, though, head for the traffic-free south coast where you'll be treated to secluded beaches framed by picturesque harbours.

Beautiful view of Ischia's coast in Italy's Bay of Naples
Ischia, Italy

 

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Special offers in The Amalfi Coast

Hotel Villa Franca Positano

Hotel Villa Franca, Positano

4-night luxury holiday from £840 pp incl. flights & transfers

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offer

Stay 4 nights, pay 3 – Save up to £195 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

Five-star luxury and rooms and a pool with a spectacular view above the cliffs of picturesque Positano, offering the perfect base for exploring the stunning delights of the Amalfi Coast.

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Palazzo Avino, Ravello

4-night luxury holiday from £940 pp incl. flights & transfers

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offer

Stay 4 nights, pay 3 – Save up to £225 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

This dazzling five-star hotel that was once a 12th-century private villa is perched above the dazzling coast of Amalfi in the medieval hilltop village of Ravello, looking some of Italy's most picturesque fishing villages.

Dining terrace, Belmond Hotel Caruso

Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello

4-night luxury holiday from £905 pp incl. flights & transfers

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Stay 4 pay 3 – Save up to £475 pp
Book by: 31 October 2019

This 11th-century palace hosts some of the most fantastic views of the Amalfi Coast from its signature infinity pool, fine-dining terrace and luxurious rooms.

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Barcelona To Venice & Orient Express on Silversea

15-day cruise & rail from £8,000 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made fares with $200 spending money
Book by: 31 October 2019

This in-depth appreciation brings you from the Orient Express and throughout the western Mediterranean, taking in everything from St. Tropez to the Amalfi Coast.

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Amalfi Coast holiday ideas

Capri, Italy

Capri and the Amalfi Coast

9-day tailor-made journey from £1,695 pp incl. flights

Let stays in world-class hotels and the services of private drivers showcase the best of Capri’s island paradise, the Amalfi Coast’s dramatic beauty and Sorrento’s clifftop views. In between, there's plenty of time for some beach-side relaxation and independent exploration.

The Amalfi Coast

Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast

8-day tailor-made tour from £1,390 pp incl. flights

Let chauffeur drives and private guided tours bring you between the highlights of the Sorrento Peninsula. There’s everything from Pompeii’s Roman wonders to Capri's island beauty and the Amalfi Coast’s spectacular drama. Return each night to your luxury hotel's stunning Bay of Naples views.

Naples, Italy

Naples & the Amalfi Coast

7-day tailor-made independent tour from £1,800 pp incl. flights

With the services of a private chauffeur, private guides and stays in historic hotels, you’ll explore everything from Pompeii and Naples to Mt. Vesuvius’s vineyards and the coast’s pastel-coloured towns.

Sorrento

Tuscany, Umbria & The Amalfi Coast

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,500 pp incl. flights

Soak up the cultural heritage, picturesque cities and towns, natural beauty, historical sites and tantalising cuisine of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast with this self-drive journey.

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Places to stay on the Amalfi Coast

Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Contemporary hotel

A grand family-run hotel perched in the tranquil Anacapri hillside with two Michelin-starred restaurants and fabulous views over the Bay of Naples.

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento

Traditional hotel

A high-end heritage hotel in an elegant garden setting high above Sorrento harbour, with superb views over the Bay of Naples, Michelin-starred cuisine and immaculate service.

Hotel Villa Franca Positano

Hotel Villa Franca, Positano

4-night luxury holiday from £840 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights, pay 3 – Save up to £195 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

Five-star luxury and rooms and a pool with a spectacular view above the cliffs of picturesque Positano, offering the perfect base for exploring the stunning delights of the Amalfi Coast.

Exterior, Garden Villas Resort Ischia

Garden & Villas Resort, Ischia

7-night luxury holiday from £810 pp incl. flights & transfers

Enchanting rooms and villas in the heart of Ischia surrounded by extensive aromatic Mediterranean gardens and within easy reach of the volcanic island’s main attractions.

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Where to go in The Amalfi Coast

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento

Sorrento's huge popularity with visitors is down to its location; the area's undulating mountains and valleys on the Naples coastline offer uninterrupted views across the Bay of Naples to Mt Vesuvius.

Ravello, Campania, Italy

Ravello

Ravello is a popular tourist destination on the Amalfi Coast. Located about five kilometres from Amalfi, this refined World Heritage listed town is best know for its beautiful gardens and spectacular views.

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Positano

Positano is considered the jewel in the Amalfi Coast crown.

Capri

Capri holidays bring you to a glittering Mediterranean island, a resort since the the time of the Roman Republic. In the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Pensinsula, Capri is a glamorous and trendy locale of pretty piazzas and cool cafes, Roman ruins and rugged seascapes.

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