The Amalfi Coast is a glittering jewel that juts out into the Mediterranean. It's fabled cliffs, jaw-dropping views and heart-stopping drive are just some of its allures. The rollicking ride that takes you along the coast begins in Sorrento, winds along the insanely-steep hillside high above the sea, twists along to towns like Ravello, Positano and Amalfi before ending with a sigh at the seaport of Salerno. The Amalfi Coast is one of the most dramatic destinations in Italy. Its beauty is worth the effort to get there.
The colors are intense here: pastel towns line up like sugar cubes on the green hills sprinkled with bright yellow lemons, overlooked by turquoise skies dotted with brilliantly white clouds, and plunging down to sapphire seas. It is quintessential summer resort atmosphere but with astonishing natural beauty. T here are tucked-away bays, deep gorges and sandy beaches. The hills offer hiking and horseback riding and tranquil towns to explore.
The people of the coast have a long affinity for their seafaring ways and fishing remains an active industry. Life is lived at a leisurely pace with artisans still carrying on their crafts, creating commodities like handmade paper, colorful ceramics, food specialties and lemon liqueur that is exported all over the world. Ferries ply the waters to transport you to the towns up and down the shore, as well as to the island of Capri. Enjoy the sun, sea spray, and crystal seas on a boating adventure during your sojourn - it's an Amalfi Coast tradition!
The cuisine is naturally centered on fresh seafood brought in daily, and the regional traditional recipes are simple but flavorful. There are homemade pastas to taste, too; fresh produce plays a big part on the plate and the flavors burst with freshness. In the hills you'll find a little heavier fare with meat. And of course, what's a summer day on the coast without a gelato or a frothy fruit drink?
Whatever town you choose, you'll be able to get boat or bus access to the other destinations to see all the lovely spots. One of our wonderful Amalfi Coast villas is the perfect home-base for exploring the area, as well as Naples or Paestum.
Amalfi is a graceful place: its cluster of white buildings gleams like a pearl in the strand of towns strung along the Amalfi Coast.
What had been a sleepy fishing village is now a swanky destination popular with the jet set and common travelers alike.
Minori is an attractive and uncrowded seaside town at the centre of a wide cove on the Amalfi Coast.
Go east from Amalfi for about five minutes and you'll bump into the smallest but one of the most enchanting villages on Italy's Amalfi Coast - Atrani.
Maiori is well known for being an active, lively town with the largest beach of the Amalfi Coast.
In the middle of the Amalfi Coast, between Positano and Amalfi, is the lesser-known but beautiful village of Praiano.
Bomerano, a small village in the upper hills above Conca dei Marini is a lovely alpine-like town above the Amalfi Coast.
Cetara is a cozy fishermen's village nested along the Amalfi Coast among verdant citrus groves.
Conca dei Marini is a pearl on the Amalfi Coast amongst scented lemon orchards and flamboyant flowers.
Just a few miles along the Amalfi Coast from Cetara amid scented olive and lemon trees is Erchie, a picturesque fishing village.
Following the hairpin curves of the road cut along the coast between Amalfi and Positano, it's easy to miss Furore, but you should be on the look-out for it and stop.
Montepertuso sits above Positano overlooking the sea; it is a place where time seems to stand still.
The first pearl of a mesmerizing collection -the Amalfi Coast starts (or ends) its glistening necklace with a colorful beauty, Vietri Sul Mare.
Agerola is known as "little Switzerland" for its beautiful mountain landscape, cool air, and alpine-like streets and cleanliness.
Albori is a characteristic uphill village on the Amalfi Coast, clinging to the eastern side of a valley dominated by Mount Falerzio.
The village of Dragonea is cradled in the hills above Vietri sul Mare, at 270 meters above the sea level.
Marina di Vietri is the first beach along the divine Amalfi Coast, set into the rocks of the Lattari Mountains.
Nocelle is a sleepy ancient hamlet near Positano, where you can enjoy a peaceful stay far away from traffic and noise.
Get a different view of the Amalfi Coast -from high on the hillside of Monte Lattari instead of the sea.
Located a a short walk from Ravello below the Lattari Mountains, Scala faces the Valley of Dragone.
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