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.
Positano, Amalfi Coast
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.
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.