Chances are that even if you have never actually
visited some of the gorgeous places populating the
Italian Amalfi Coast, you are aware of what they look
like. Why? Because they are regularly featured in
magazines and used as shooting locations in movies. "The
talented Mr. Ripley", "Under the Tuscan Sun", "Only you"
or the older "Beat the Devil" are a few examples.
The Amalfi Coast is located in the southern part of the
Italian "boot" just around the corner from Naples. It is
about 70 m long and ends at Positano, a stunning
cliff-hanging town with breathtaking views over the sea
and natural caves to discover. Its mix of white and
colourful buildings as well as the luxuriant gardens
sporting green Mediterranean plants, lemon trees and
beautiful flowers make it an enchanting place to visit.
Amalfi is the biggest city. This does not mean that you
will find it intimidating. On the contrary, its numerous
alleys and steps give Amalfi a romantic and intimate
feel. 57 steps will take you to Saint Andrew, the
impressive cathedral overlooking the main Piazza. The
town is also a good base for a visit to Capri.
Sorrento is located on its own peninsula with a
panoramic view on Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Its lovely
harbour is ideal for an evening stroll enjoying one of
the many ice-cream flavours available. The petrified
city remains of Pompeii are also close by, as well as
the site of Herculaneum.
Ravello is another village on the "to visit" list.
Situated at a great height above Amalfi, most of the
visitors come during the day, so if you are after
tranquillity at night, this might just be the place for
you. Villa Rufolo and its amazing gardens, which so
impressed Wagner, are well worth some of your time. A
music festival is also organized there, starting early
Travelling along the Amalfi Coast is relatively easy as
means of transportations are plentiful. Visiting by car
is of course one of them, and you will no doubt enjoy
the stunning scenery as you drive along the coastal
road. If you arrive by plane, you will most likely land
in Naples. If you do not fancy renting a car, then
trains, ferries and buses will be on offer to take you
to your chosen destinations.
As it is understandably very popular during the summer
season, you may prefer to visit it in spring or autumn,
or even in winter when the temperatures remain pleasant.
You will then avoid the crowds and inflated prices, and
enjoy a more peaceful atmosphere. Whatever season you
choose, you can be sure that you will not be