The Amalfi Coast is a hugely popular tourist destination, especially in the summer, but thankfully, despite its popularity, it still looks very much in real life as it does in the movies. The dramatic scenery and enchanting towns with sensory bonanza gardens and restaurants that serve some of the best existing food. Imagine Rossini champagne, fresh ricotta cheese, local buffalo mozzarella, linguine with clams, seafood plates, piles of tiramisu and Limoncello to end with… It will make it hard to imagine ever leaving!
At the highest point above the town of Ravello, a former 11th century palace is set on cliffs and providing an unparalleled vista. Belmond Hotel Caruso’s location is exclusive, removed from its neighbours, making you feel like royalty since the first moment. It has an infinity pool that will make it seem as if you could float out to the turquoise sea a thousand feet below, stunning terrace restaurant and a traditional Italian charm. Paradise, found.
You will be awe-inspired anywhere you will go in this part of Italy, we promise you that. But the main reason you came here is probably Positano. Unbelievably beautiful. The neighbouring villages in cliffsides with beaches below make it a sight impossible to forget.
Not far away is the Amalfi town itself, very scenic too.
Stop at the Fiordo di Furore on the way there. Beach is enclosed between the high cliffs and deep blue waters – you will be sold on the view.
Sorrento is not to miss either. It is a bit bigger town and locals actually live here. Not much less fairytale-like though.
While already there, you should stay an overnight in Capri. It is everything you imagined and more. There are hundreds and hundreds of luxury yachts dotted around the clear blue sea, light coloured buildings and green lemon trees – the scenery is just hypnotizing.
Also, make a day trip to Procida Island. The houses are bright multi-coloured and Venice’s Burano will flash through your mind. Nearly too beautiful to be real.
On the way back stop in Napoli to try the pizza of your life – they ain’t famous for it for no reason.
A thrilling way to explore is in a gleaming vintage car or old-school Vespa (best since you can park it almost anywhere). It is not unusual to see a Ferrari or Maserati driving through Amalfi coast, so that’s a popular way to explore as well, but be careful, the roads can be very tiny, curvy and crowded. However you decide to set off from Positano, don your shades and your headscarf, and prepare yourself for a journey worthy of an Oscar!
WHEN TO GO
The absolute best time to visit weather-wise is definitely the summer months (July and August), but holy crowds! It can get quite cramped during the high season. May or June are perfect considering the whole coast is in bloom and there are fewer crowds. Plus, you will get cheaper prices for accommodations! Avoid the rainy season.
Get an early start. If you travel during the high season, you will have to wake up before the sunrise to beat the crowds. It will be La Dolce Vita at its finest.
HOW MANY DAYS NEEDED TO TAKE IT ALL IN
The longer the better, but at least 5 days!
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