Draped along the cliffs on the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula, between Salerno and the city of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most dramatic and glamorous spots in Italy.
Connecting the two cities are the winding switchbacks and sheer drops of Amalfi Drive, a road that clings as precariously to the cliff face as the the towns and fishing villages it joins, carving a way flanked by forested mountains and shimmering Tyrrhenian Sea. Along the way, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello’s candy coloured buildings spill their way down into blue bays.
The peninsular combines affluent sophistication with a honest simplicity, where super yachts and gurgling Italian sports cars next sit amidst an unchanging rural way of life, surrounded by terraced gardens growing olives, grapes and lemons. The food gloriously reflects this and some of Europe’s finest restaurants can be found here, thriving on fresh local produce, whilst the rustic Neapolitan food found everywhere here to many epitomizes Italian cuisine.
The views and food are perhaps the main draw here, along with a suitably romantic collection of fine hotels, but there is a rich history to explore too, hidden beaches to discover and pristine trails in the Lattari Mountains to climb.
Dotted with fragrant lemon trees, sparkling bays and colorful terraced rooftops jutting out over the cliffs, Amalfi is a place that has to be seen to be believed. Here you can indulge in all life’s pleasures, such as food, wine and shopping- without the sense of guilt. That’s the Amalfi Coast to me.
What to do
- Indulge yourself with some of Italy's finest cuisine
- Take a yacht out on the Tyrrhenian Sea
- Drive the sublime coast road
- Sample local limoncello
When to go
This is one of the country's most popular coastal destinations and can become very busy during the height of summer. It's best to avoid July and August and travel either side for great weather and fewer crowds.